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Avs dominate Blues from start to finish



Adrian Dater

Did I just witness the perfectly-played hockey game? I think I did Friday night here at Ball Arena. The Avs, history would show, were as close to perfection as you can get, winning 8-0 over the St. Louis Blues.

Gabe Landeskog’s two goals (Nos. 199 and 200) led a second-period in which the Avs turned a scoreless game into a 4-0 affair after two periods. Mikko Rantanen, Andre Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri added goals in the first 45 minutes, which is about when I started writing this story and not paying so much attention to the action anymore.

“We weren’t happy at all with the game we had Wednesday, and we kind of left Gruby hanging by himself,” Landeskog said. “We wanted to play better tonight, and we did.”

The Avs just played a superb game from wire to wire, having a 29-13 advantage in shots on goal in the first 46 minutes. Philipp Grubauer had an easy time of it for his first victory since August of last year.

The Avs’ top line of Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Rantanen had 12 shots in the first two periods, one more than the Blues had as a team. The Avs just dominated in puck-possession time, rarely granting the Blues anything more than a remote one-and-done scoring chance.

MacKinnon and Joonas Donskoi added late third-period goals to turn it into a true laugher. The Avs won’t play their next game until Tuesday in Los Angeles. Colorado Hockey Now will be there.

This is probably why the Avs have been favored by the sportsbooks to win the next Stanley Cup. It can’t be overstated how well they played. They had a 34-15 shots advantage with 6:08 left, when they went on another power play. Blues goalie Jordan Binnington was chased after two periods.

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The defense was airtight, first on pucks constantly. I’m not sure I can remember a single truly dangerous Blues scoring chance. Not in the first 55 minutes, anyway. There was a breakaway by the Blues with about three minutes left, but Grubauer made the save.

“We know that wasn’t St. Louis’ best and we got some good bounces,” MacKinnon said. “If we play that exact game again, I don’t think we’re going to score eight. But obviously it was a fun game.”

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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7-0? Did you leave early? Great response by the Avs though after a weak opening night.

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Avs mad. Avs smash.
Grubi was completely on in the first when needed. We can win with him, don’t panic.

Aaron Hinton

Seemed to me to be a more consistent effort overall, great forecheck, passes out of the d-zone were awesome and the power play was finally clicking. Was Grub eating popcorn at one point?


Burakovsky: sniper. Toews : getting more comfortable. Saad: much better game. MacK: monster. Everyone: great effort.
I remember the season where Rants led the league in scoring thru Dec, he was a beast and could possess the puck, even in the dirty places, and nobody could stop him from doing what he wanted. I don’t know what nagging injuries were slowing him down of late, but he seems stronger this season and I saw flashes of Forsbergian Rants last night.
How cool is it that 2 milestones were reached in the same game? (Landry 200, Rants 100).
Great game boys!

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Richard Trujillo

They looked so fast last night. If they are able to push the pace like this every game I don’t know if anyone can hang with them.

If they can figure out how to play a tough, physical type of game (like we saw in game 1) that wins in the playoffs they have a chance to win a Cup this season.

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