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Avalanche-Blues Takeaways: 6-on-3 Not Enough



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Joel Quenneville, who coached the Avalanche and Blues, always used to say, “You don’t score on a 5-on-3, you’re probably not going to win the hockey game.”

That goes even more for not scoring on a 6-on-3.

Alas, the Avalanche did not quite deserve to win this otherwise entertaining hockey game. Despite a 5-on-3 power-play advantage with just inside two full minutes left – increased to 6-on-3 after pulling the goalie – the Avalanche couldn’t get the equalizer against Jordan Binnington. The final from Ball Arena was 3-2 Blues.

My takeaways:

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  • The killer goal against in this one was the one to Brandon Saad with time running out in the second period. A harmless looking shot deflected off Cale Makar’s stick and snuck through to make it 2-1 with 1:01 left.
  • Binnington made 45 saves in the win. He was the difference in the final analysis. He made a couple of highway-robbery type saves.
  • Alex Newhook was benched most of the third period (until, weirdly, playing a lot in the final two minutes) and Jared Bednar said, “He’s not playing up to the standard I’ve set for him.”
  • Newhook has three points in 14 games, a -4. He played well in those two wins in Finland, but is back in Bednar’s doghouse.
  • “Too many turnovers. Not skating and attacking,” Bednar added.
  • I thought Andreas Englund looked pretty good for a first game with the team following a recall from the Eagles. He played 11 pretty solid minutes overall.
  • Cale Makar: “I feel like we did a lot of good things. We did the right things to win that game.  Obviously, a couple of unfortunate errors by me and unfortunate bounce off my stick in the net. Like I said, it’s  hockey so you’re probably going to get those back at some point. For us, definitely [an] easily winnable game. I  feel like we did everything right, just couldn’t come out with it.”
  • On the 5 and 6-on-3, Evan Rodrigues said, “We just didn’t score. We did everything we wanted to. There was a few bouncing  pucks, but just didn’t score.”

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev reacts after giving up a goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Mikko Rantanen also extended his point streak to five games, accumulating 16 points (8g/8a) over that stretch.  He has produced 20 points (9g/11a) in seven home contests this season. Only four players in NHL history have  recorded 20 points at home in fewer games: Mario Lemieux (4 games 1988-89, 5 games in 1995-96 & 6 games  in 1992-93), Wayne Gretzky (5 games in 1986-87 & 6 games in 1983-84), Pat LaFontaine (6 games in 1992- 93) and Mike Bossy (6 games in 1984-85).
  • Rantanen’s shot on his goal was a real beauty. Long wrister far post, from the right side.
  • Avs sent Sampo Ranta, Martin Kaut and Jayson Megna back to the Eagles. It could largely be another cap move(s) though.
  • I thought Ryan O’Reilly had a great two-way game for the Blues.
  • Sam Girard didn’t skate today, but is scheduled to do so on Tuesday.


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I certainly hope, as our D get healthy, this trend of allowing so many shots on goal per game comes to an end.


I like Englund; hope he sticks around as it was nice to see hitting and size on the third pair.

Glendon Gulliver

It is hard to win giving up 39 SOG. STL is really happy to have won giving up even more. The Avs had a lot of shots, but again, most of them were from the top 6 and the defense. The defense outshot the bottom 6 18-9. The bottom 6 played well, but they are not adding much offense, outside of O’Connor.

Karl Keen

Well it always sucks to lose to the Blues. I probably dislike losing to them over any other team. Mostly because of their fan base and not their actual players with the exception of Binnington. Speaking of him, he looked solid, but I do not think we really forced him to make any great saves. Hunt had two wide open nets he failed to score on. We missed the net on over 15 attempts last night and Rodriguez’s save was solid, but Rodriguez shot it right back into him. Dangerous to give him confidence though and that is what the… Read more »

Bob Neal

The Av’s played a solid game but St. Louis is always a very capable opponent. I thought the Av’s outplayed the Blues but didn’t get some of the needed bounces to get the win. They need more traffic in front of the net which is lacking without Landy and Choo-Choo being available. Bennington is a solid goalie who seems to get in the Av’s head over the course of the game when he’s shutting them down. Englund looked like another great find, a large solid defensemen. Makar’s statements are sage as the frequent uncertainty of the outcome of a hockey… Read more »


So many opportunities blown…

We lost this game way more so than the blues won it.


I always think about Coach Q’s quote whenever the team is on a 5-on-3. And it is almost always correct!

Andrew Thornberry

It can be a thing of beauty how well the 1st pp unit can move the puck around, but maybe they ought to fit more shots into those two minutes.

Karl Keen

I wanted to add how much do the Avs actually practice a 6 on 3 and that maybe it would have been best to just have the 6th player stand outside the blue line and not be in the rotation until and unless an opportunity arose. So many bodies in front of the net hard to pass and get a puck through

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