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Takeaways from Colorado Avalanche 6-3 Win Over Blue Jackets; Moose Is Loose



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For Mikko Rantanen and the Colorado Avalanche, what a Finnish. I’ll be here all week.

Mikko gets the hat trick in his first NHL game ever in his home country of Finland, and the Avalanche win 6-3 in a weird game at Nokia Arena in Tampere. Rantanen’s fourth career hat trick was needed, as the Avalanche blew a 3-0 lead for the second straight game but finished with three straight goals in the third to get back over the .500 mark at 5-4-1.

Rantanen’s empty-netter sealed the victory, while Nathan MacKinnon had four assists, and Cale Makar got his first goal of the season.

“Got some good passes today from the guys, so was able to score,” Rantanen told the NHL Network after the game.

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Rantanen had his name chanted from the stands at the end of the game.

“I had some goosebumps on the bench,” Rantanen said.

My own further thoughts and observations on the game:

  • Avalanche got outshot 39-36, but a lot of those Columbus shots came on the power play. The Avalanche let the Jackets get back into the game after taking that 3-0 lead by taking too many penalties. The Blue Jackets hadn’t scored on the power play all season, but against Colorado’s still-lackluster PK unit, they got their first as part of a comeback to tie it 3-3.
  • The Avalanche did do a nice job on a key four-minute double minor assessed to Dryden Hunt in the third.
  • A turning point of the game: Johnny Gaudreau hit the post that would have given Columbus a 4-3 lead. Avalanche scored not too long after on the power play, with Rantanen getting the marker.
  • Alexandar Georgiev (36 saves) kept it a 5-3 game with a breakaway save on Patrik Laine.
  • Andrew Cogliano escaped serious injury, as noted earlier.
  • Valeri Nichushkin didn’t play, but it sounds like there’s a chance he could play tomorrow against Columbus.
  • Puck-line bettors on the Colorado Avalanche had to be happy.
  • Cale Makar looked more like his normal self today, including getting that goal. He had a goal, assist and plus-2 in nearly 27 minutes of ice time.
  • In addition to giving up 39 shots, the Avalanche had to block 18 shots today too. Makar led the team with four.
  • This game came close to going the other way. I hope the Avalanche learned something of a lesson today about keeping the foot on the gas. Letting teams back into games has been a troubling trend so far.
  • “All The Small Things” was played in the third period.
  • Alan Roach, Avalanche public announcer, worked the game from Finland.
  • The game was blacked out locally for Comcast subscribers.
  • Avalanche had another bad day in the faceoff dot, winning only 29 of 81 draws (36 percent).
  • Nicolas Aube-Kubel was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs today. Should the Avalanche put in a claim?
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Cal G

Put in a claim on Kubel and someone please step up on the faceoffs1

Joel Stefaniak

What an absolute joke this tv thing has become. Why was this not televised nationally? I mean, the whole purpose of having teams play overseas is to expand the game and audience..

Andrew Thornberry

It’s kind of crazy that I, in Guthrie, OK, get to watch more Avs games (via ESPN+) than people in Denver do. If I was still in Denver, it’d drive me freakin’ nuts.

peter martin

NAK will only cost a % of $1M, maybe $800k? since the Leafs have already paid some. Could be a good, cheap move!


Plus, he is famous because of his trip (pun intended) with the cup.

Ryan Krueger

Yes to claiming NAK

Doug Heinzer

Love the opening line, though you could have added “Try the Lamb”. YES on NAK. Keep doing what you’re doing AD

Fritz Kerr

Claim Kubel ASAP.

Dave North

I think another nice takeaway is that the first two goals both came from depth scoring, which is something we have been looking for. The first one from LOC on a really nice play, and the second from the second PP unit. It was nice to see them score, because as great as that first unit is, the second unit can really move the puck too. They just need to get more pucks to the net.

I vote yes on NAK too, but would be surprised if another team does not claim him first.


Well, I thought I was going to be able to watch a rerun of this game on plus…because ESPN states on they’re website, “ All NHL games, including those produced by TNT and NHL Network, will be available for replay on ESPN+.” Maybe I have to wait 24 hours or some other bullshit.

What I saw from highlights and stats:

Georgie > Elvis

Avs took too many penalties.

Mikko deserves more praise than shade (CHN users, you know who you are…).

Oh…and yes on NAK.

Aaron Rud

Pick up NAK. He’s better than that joke, Kaut.

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