Strong, solid victory for the Avs tonight over the Philadelphia Flyers. This game was actually closer than I thought it would be in the first 25 minutes, but the Avs just gradually pulled away and won in easy fashion, 6-3. Conference and division titles are that much more in the bag now.
Strong game in all aspects for the Avs. A little bit of a letup there at the end, but the game was realistically already over well by then.
Great game for Cale Makar, with two goals in more than 25 minutes of ice time. The man is just a pure thoroughbred. The Norris Trophy is his to lose. Great, Roman Josi is putting up a lot of points for the Predators right now. His team also lost 6-1 last night in Vegas.
“On an individual basis, I don’t think I had my best game, but at the end of the day, that’s why we have depth. Everybody steps up and I thought we had a lot of depth scoring tonight and we’re going to need that down the stretch,” Makar said.
If that’s not his best game, then I hate to see what his really best game would look like.
Makar set an all-time franchise record
for goals by a defenseman (24) and he’s still got 17 eligible
games left to play in the regular season.
“Mikko (Rantanen) told me actually on the bench, but no, it’s pretty special. Yeah it’s special but I sound like a broken record, but those goals go back to the team. No, it’s awesome to achieve something like that but at the end of the day, we’re focused on this last run in the regular season here.”
Artturi Lehkonen still wasn’t able to make his Avs debut because of immigration paperwork to be completed, which is starting to become a meme of mockery on social media. Which will come first, the second coming of Jesus, or the Immigration Dept. stamp of approval for Lehkonen to play a hockey game?
Avs will likely have just an optional practice Saturday before boarding a flight to start a two-game road trip through Minnesota and Calgary.
MORE THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS
– Great game for Erik Johnson in all aspects tonight. Two assists and solid in his own end.
– Frankie let down a little bit toward the end again. Something to worry about? I don’t know.
– Makar broke the previous Avs record for goals by a defenseman, by Sandis Ozolinsh.
– I liked the way Andrew Colgliano played. The veteran got his first point as an Av.
(Terry Frei contributed to this report)