The Philadelphia Flyers (21-33-11) went into Colorado to take on the Colorado Avalanche (46-14-5)..
The Avalanche controlled play from whistle to whistle with a 6-3 cake walk.
The Colorado defense were the big story. Makar’s second goal, a blinding wrister gave him the franchise record of goals in a season by a defenseman at 24.
Sandis Ozolinsh held the record since 1996-97.
McDermid’s goal was the 54th by a Colorado defensemen to eclipse the mark set by the 1992-93 when the team was located in Quebec.
Fast and Furious…for Colorado, First
Philadelphia got caught in an Avalanche. A Colorado Avalanche.
A 4-1 Blitz generated by Nazem Kadri’s 25th off assists from Erik Johnson and J.T..Compher put Colorado in front at 7:20.
Things were looking up when, at 13:02, James van Riemsdyk evened the score with his 16th courtesy of Cam Atkinson, and the consistent, Joel Farabee.
That would be the highlight for Philadelphia in the period, with Colorado posting goals at 13:46 (Cale Makar), 16:17 ( J.T. Compher) and at 18:06 (Mikko Rantanen) to end a very one sided period with a 4-1 Avalanche lead.
To the Second
The pace normalized in the middle stanza but not before Colorado tacked on another.
Kurtis MacDermid potted his third from Darren Heim and Andrew Cogligno at the 12:19 mark.
Zach MacEwen stopped the deluge with his 2nd arranged by Cam York with :42 remaining to shut the door on the period with Colorado still having a three goal advantage, 5-2.
To the Final Period
Could a come back be possible? Max Willman connected off a Travis Sanheim feed for his third of the season and with 7:56 to play.
In the time it took to write that sentence, Colorado went right back to work with Makar nailing his second of the night assisted by Mikko Rantanen to get the Colorado lead back to three at 6-3.
Rhat is how the game would conclude.
Odds and Ends:
• Colorado had a heavy advantage in shots, 51-31.
• Carter Hart was under pressure all game long but made 45 saves. His opponent, Pavel Francour had 29 saves.
• Hart had a rough start with a goal bouncing in off his mask.
• Colorado bounced back after a home loss against Vancouver on Wednesday.
“You’ve got to keep getting better, can’t be satisfied and complacent. If you get comfortable, things can turn on you real quick.” Avalanche Defenseman, Jack Johnson.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.