As they were trailing during the second period and in critical danger from going down to 2-0 within the series, Jared Bednar, the head coach for the Colorado Avalanche, decided to put his top three scorers back on a line and eventually enjoyed the results he wanted.
Gabriel Landeskog managed to score his very first goal, and the hustle from Mikko Rantanen assisted in creating the tiebreaking score from Tyson Barrie which allowed the Colorado Avalanche team to celebrate a 4-3 victory against on Sunday evening the San Jose Sharks. This managed to tie the second-round series with a game each.
Match Analysis Between for Colorado Avalanche
Nathan MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Landeskog were reunited early on during the second period and assisted in providing goals in both the 1st and 4th shifts which managed to turn the tide in the direction of Colorado that experienced a 5-2 defeat during the opener.
Rantanen stated that they didn’t have much going for them during the first period and wanted to switch things up to see if it would make a difference. Thankfully, the team got an early goal which allowed them to push forward without any changes.
Matt Nieto, the former player for the Sharks, managed to score during the 3rd period, while MacKinnon managed to add an empty-netter which provided Colorado with its 3rd win in the last 24 matches in San Jose. Philipp Grubauer made a total of 31 saves. The third match will occur in Denver on Tuesday evening.
Match Analysis Between for San Jose Sharks
Evander Kane managed to score a goal for the San Jose Sharks, while Brent Burns impressed his team by scoring twice, who has managed to win a total of 4 consecutive games. Martin Jones made a total of 28 saves.
The Colorado Avalanche managed to successfully turn things around due to their impressive top line that has been extremely dangerous throughout the season this year. Landeskog managed to get to the front of the net where he deflected a point shot from Tyson Barrie straight past Jones to get the equalizer halfway through the second period.
Once the equalizer occurred, everything was going well for Colorado, and the trio assisted in delivering a few shifts after that. Rantanen managed to race past Marc-Edouard Vlasic to create a perfect scoring opportunity for Colorado. Jones managed to make a sensational stop over Landeskog from close range, but unfortunately, the puck went out to Tyson Barrie in the faceoff circle where he defeated Jones with an incredible shot to the corner, giving Colorado a remarkable 2-1 lead.
Rantanen and Mackinnon managed to extend their point streaks to a total of 6 games. This is considered the first time a player from Colorado Avalanche had managed to achieve it in the postseason since 2004 when Peter Forsberg boasted with a 7-gamer. Both F Joonas Donskoi and Joe Pavelski from the San Jose Sharks remained side-lined.