From the drop of the puck on Thursday night, the Colorado Avalanche were not sharp. They turned it over with high frequency, were stubborn with the puck, and when they did get a look, looked for the extra pass.
A little over halfway through the first period, already down 1-0, they had an opportunity to turn things around with a powerplay.
It did not go well, and the game slipped away from there. Their coach saw it coming, too.
“The powerplay is usually a direct reflection of your 5-on-5 play,” Jared Bednar said after the game. “It didn’t surprise me that our powerplay had a tough night, based on the way we were playing 5-on-5.”
Just how bad was it? Well, take a look.