Avs up 1-0 after one period, the goal coming from former DU product Logan O’Connor, whose stock continues to rise.
O’Connor scored what Avs fans would probably call a “hard-working goal.” Wild fans would probably call it an atrocious goal, one that Cam Talbot should have probably stopped, a little rebound attempt from the short side that somehow O’Connor was able to get through.
That’s the kid’s second goal in three games, both against the Wild. If he keeps playing like this, he’ll make it tough to take him out of the lineup. He brings some size and a crash-the-net mentality that gets those kinds of goals right there.
I thought the Avs otherwise were a bit too passive offensively, not shooting pucks enough, though they did finish with 12 shots on net. They played a pretty good period defensively, though there was one giveaway by Bo Byram to Zach Parise in the defensive zone that almost proved costly.
Philipp Grubauer stopped all 11 shots he saw.
Let’s see what the second period brings…