Jared Bednar: Colorado Avalanche is ‘close to perfect in Game 2 of Lightning’

Jared Bednar: Colorado Avalanche is 'close to perfect in Game 2 of Lightning'

DENVER — Colorado Avalanche Walloped the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 on Saturday of the Stanley Cup Finals to lead 2-0 against the two-time Cup champions.

It was an amazing performance that even Jared Bednar, Avalanche coach, couldn't help but admire.

Bednar stated that the game was “certainly as perfect as you can get from players.” “We were very dangerous offensively coming out of Game 1, but I felt there was another step for our team. We evaluated it, showed them some things, and they did a good job. We were also much better tonight on the defensive. It wasn't even close. We made some huge mistakes, which led to the goals against in Game 1. These areas were among the areas that we improved upon.

Seven goals is not an easy feat for an all-world netminder. Andrei Vasilevskiy either. However, Colorado was the one who had it all.

Valeri Nichushkin With a power play goal, the Avalanche got on the board early in the second period. Josh Manson Followed up by a one timer past Vasilevskiy to get off the rush. Andre Burakovsky After 20 minutes, Colorado was leading 3-0. Shot attempts favored Colorado 24-10.

Nichushkin extended Colorado's lead in the second round, which was followed by a remarkable individual effort. Darren Helm To make it 5-0.

The third period is less than three minutes long Cale Makar He added a shorthanded goal in the rout. He also scored on the power play, making it 7-0. This makes him the fourth NHL player to score on the man advantage and shorthanded in a Cup Final match. Gordie Howe and the others were also there. Glen Wesley?, and Trevor Linden.

Such a feat against a goalie would be remarkable, even if he was a Vezina Trophy nominee like Vasilevskiy. Bednar tried keeping the accomplishment in perspective with Colorado’s overall game.

“The number and complexity of the goals, I'm not too excited [about]. He said, “It's all about how we played.” “Some days are better than others. We play like we did tonight. But we don't get seven. You have to be positive. You have to be loud about him. Tonight, we shot very well. We created a lot more chances than we had and our guys were able to bury the ones that we did get. The guys were really feeling it tonight.”

How? And how. The Avalanche won the game, outscored the Lightning on special teams 2-for-4 (compared to the Lightning's 0-for-3), and received a strong performance by their goaltender. Darcy Kuemper In a 16-save shutout

It was the smallest number of shots Tampa Bay produced in a playoff game this season. The Lightning's inability to take advantage of Colorado's brutal attack, which was around 28% possession, is not surprising.

“[We are] Bednar stated, “I am hungry for the defensive side of things. I want to win as many races and as many battles as possible, trying to get over pucks and make it difficult.” It's part our identity and who are we. It's something that our guys have done all year, and they continue to do it. Tonight they did it better that we do.

Colorado recognizes that Game 2 was just one victory.

Makar stated that she felt like the team played to their identity to a “T” tonight. “Obviously, there were some great goals. We know that they will bring their best next time. It's always the hardest game. It was a bit strange tonight. It's exciting to see the opportunities presented to us, but it's encouraging to see that our male colleagues were able capitalise on them.

On Saturday, the Avalanche suffered a setback when Burakovsky was forced to leave the game with an injury mid-way through. Bednar did not provide any updates on Burakovsky's condition afterward and said that he needed to be evaluated. Burakovsky, who was suffering from a leg problem, missed the Western Conference Finals but has been an important player since his return. He even scored the overtime winner in game 1.

It's not lacking in depth, fortunately for Colorado. As the series shifts from Colorado to Tampa, the Avalanche is going to need everyone. The Lightning also lost the Eastern Conference Finals series to New York 2-0, but then they won a pair in Tampa and beat the Rangers in four straight for a third consecutive Cup Finals.

It's not over until it's done. Everyone is aware of this. Bednar stated that he is confident that his team will not get ahead of themselves.

“It should not be difficult for us.” [going to Tampa]He said. “We don’t pay attention outside our locker room, and we don’t pay attention it,” he said. [things being said] They are great. They are good. [goal].”

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