It wasn’t the 1,235th Avalanche game against the Arizona Coyotes this season. It only seemed like it.
Hey, it’s still hockey and I’m glad we have it. But, yeah, the vibes were a bit stale for this one. Nonetheless, the Avs did what they needed to do, and got another W at Ball Arena. Final was 4-2 in front of 4,050 fans, who made a commendable job of filling the place with noise.
The Avs were actually outshot pretty badly in the game, and for a while I didn’t think that painted an accurate portrait of how the game was being played. Most of the Coyotes’ shots were from the perimeter, not all that dangerous. Then came a scary final 10 minutes of the game. It was as if the game was a ride on the teacups for a long time, then suddenly it was on a 100-foot, 45-degree angle rollercoaster.
A 3-0 game halfway through a sleepy third suddenly was 3-2 with about six minutes left. Arizona had a couple more real good looks to tie it, too, but Philipp Grubauer stood tall and said “no more.” Mikko Rantanen’s empty-netter with 1:56 left sealed it. Just like the last time these two teams played, there were some shenanigans at the end, with a pigpile that involved Rantanen, Gabe Landeskog and a few Coyotes.