That was one of your classic old-school home victories tonight for the Colorado Avalanche. The opposition gets an early lead, the home team responds with a big push after, then the opposition makes an effort of it, gets it close, but the home team prevails.
That was your storyline from the Avalanche’s 3-2 victory. Pavel Francouz survived an early goal and a late goal, and the Avalanche carried most of the play in between for a second straight victory. The Avalanche are now 15-10-2.
J.T. Compher was the best player in the hockey game, with a goal and an assist, and he won 16-of-29 faceoffs (55 percent). His goal, at 11:33 of the third, gave Colorado a 3-1 lead. The Flyers cut it to 3-2 with 3:38 left, but Frankie held the Flyers off the board from there.
“We didn’t want to sit back in the third, we wanted to continue to push and we did an okay job of that. We knew we had a little more offensively after the first two periods and it ended up mattering,” Compher said.
Let’s break the game down more with some takeaways: