Compher, whose team tied a franchise record for most goals in a playoff game, said, “There’s a lot to clean up.” “We don’t want to play the game we did tonight. We want our defense to be stronger.”
Colorado’s four-goal lead in the second period didn’t feel very safe in a game between the two playoff teams with the most goals. The game wasn’t over until Gabriel Landeskog scored an empty-net goal with 21.4 seconds left.
In a crazy second period, both teams had to use their backup goalies. After giving up six goals, Mike Smith was taken out, and Darcy Kuemper left with an upper-body injury. Coach Jared Bednar didn’t know how Darcy was doing after the game.
Stars Nathan MacKinnon and Connor McDavid were supposed to face off in this game, and they did. MacKinnon scored one goal and set up another for Colorado, and McDavid scored one goal and set up two others for Edmonton.
The Real Stars Were the Ones in the Supporting Roles.
The Avalanche also got goals from Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen, and Andrew Cogliano. Since moving to Denver, the Avalanche are 19 for 6 in best-of-seven series when they win the first game. Twelve Avs scored at least one point, and six scored more than one point.
The Oilers got goals from Evander Kane, Zach Hyman, Ryan McLeod, Derek Ryan, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Hyman has scored in six straight playoff games, tying Esa Tikkanen’s team record from the 1990 playoffs. At least 13 Oilers had a point.
Edmonton and Colorado scored six goals in 6:43, almost one goal every minute. And there were 11 goals in the first two periods. It looked less like a conference final and more like an All-Star Game at times.
Thursday is Game 2
Edmonton is used to losing the first game of a series in a high-scoring way. For example, the Oilers lost Game 1 of their second-round series against Calgary by a score of 9–6, but they went on to win the series in five games.
“It’s clear that we need to do something different here,” said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who had two assists. “We can’t let that many goals in and still hope to win the Western Conference final.”
Compher’s second goal of the game made the score 6-3, and Smith’s night was over. In just over 26 minutes, he had let six goals in on 25 shots. Mikko Koskinen came on in relief.
“It’s not a good sign when sitting on the bench halfway through the game,” Smith said. “If you say that, then it’s one game.”
In the second period, Kuemper also left the game because he had let in three goals on 16 shots. Pavel Francouz took his place, but he didn’t have much time to get ready.
Francouz said, “We all know what kind of players are on these two teams, and we didn’t plan to play this kind of game.” “But we are sure to take this win and move on.”
Late in the second period, Cogliano’s goal gave Colorado a 7-3 lead, and it looked like the game was over. But with 7:24 left in the third, Nugent-Hopkins scored on a power play to make it 7-6.
With less than two minutes left, the Oilers took Koskinen out of the game, but even though they had a lot of chances, they couldn’t score.
“We need to fix some things, but I’m glad we won,” MacKinnon said.
Dad or Grandpa?
Monday after practice, Oilers assistant coach Dave Manson went to see his granddaughter. Oh, and his son, Josh Manson, plays defense for the Avalanche.
“They played a lot, and she was constantly on them. The defenseman said, “So it was great.” “It also made me happy.”
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John Elway, a Hall of Fame quarterback, joined Gretzky and the rest of the team on TNT’s pregame show. Elway praised the work of Joe Sakic, who used to play for the Avs and is now the team’s general manager.
Elway won three Super Bowls with the Broncos. Two of them were a player, and one was a manager. Sakic won two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche as a player, and now he is trying to win another as the team’s general manager.
Elway said, “I have a lot of respect for Joe.” “When he first started, we talked a little bit. When things didn’t go as planned, he asked, “Why did you get me into this?” But he has returned and done a great job.”
In Game 1, the Avalanche Beat the Oilers 8-6 in a Crazy Game.
DENVER (AP) — In Game 1 of the Western Conference final, the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 8-6. J.T. Compher scored twice, Cale Makar had a goal and two assists, and the Avalanche held on to win. The eight goals scored by the Avalanche were tied for the most ever scored by the team in a playoff game. Both teams had to use their backup goalies. Mike Smith was taken out of the game for Edmonton after he let in six goals, and Darcy Kuemper left the game because he hurt his upper body. Twelve Avs scored at least one point, and six scored more than one point.