ST. LOUIS —Eliminated the In Game 6 of the Western Conference series, thanks to a crucial save — not by goalie But on a “heroic bloc” from the defenseman .
Jared Bednar, the coach, stated that Manson's save “is one of our biggest saves of the game”win. “It kept our team within striking distance. It was the type of sacrifice and desperation that you want from your guys at this time of the year.
The Blues had less than three minutes to go in the second quarter and they had all the momentum. They had a lead of 2-1 and were trying to find a critical cushion in the third period. ForwardKuemper had the puck in his right hand and he passed it across the zone to the Blues forward .
Kyrou shot but Kuemper quickly moved back to his left. Instead, he carried it to the middle while Kuemper rolled on his back outside of the goal crease. The Colorado net was abandoned. Kyrou had a chance at making it 3-1.
Manson saved us all.
Kuemper stated that they threw it backdoor, and Kyrou displayed good patience. “I tried to get it out as fast as possible, but he kept it. [Manson] The block was a hero.”
Kuemper covered the puck after Manson's shot bounced off him as he glided across the goal line.
Manson stated, “It was a bit panicky to be honest with me.” I knew he was a patient player. He would hold on to that thing, I knew. After he took the step, I was hooked. [was] Just hoping it would strike me.
Kuemper rose to his feet after the whistle blew and tapped Manson twice on his chest. He thanked his defender.
“If that happens, we're a resilient group. Manson indicated that he believed we would bounce back. It was nice to get it.
The Avalanche are now in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2002.Tuesday night