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The Burgundy Breakdown (Central Semifinals Game 6)

Welcome to the latest Stanley Cup Playoff edition of The Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps Game 6 of the Colorado Avalanche’s series against the Nashville Predators.

The Avs stayed alive thanks to Andrew Hammond’s stellar goaltending and late goals by Gabriel Landeskog and Sven Andrighetto in Game 5. They were looking to continue the momentum at home in Game 6, but the Avs got off on the wrong foot in the first period. In the first frame, Mattias Ekholm and Austin Watson both scored for the Preds, giving them a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. It became 3-0 when Filip Forsberg scored yet another unassisted goal within the first minute of the second period. Later on, Nick Bonino, who scored the Preds’ controversial lone goal in Game 5 and assisted on the first period goals, netted one in the second, making it 4-0 and giving Bonino a three-point game. 4-0 was the lead after 40, and Viktor Arvidsson’s goal in the third made it 5-0, which stood as the final score.

So with that loss, the Avalanche were eliminated, and Nashville advanced to the Central Division Final against the Winnipeg Jets. For the Avs, though, this was a spectacular turnaround for the team. Going from 48 points last season to 95 and a playoff spot this season has to be one of the biggest turnarounds in NHL history. It drew comparisons to MLB’s Minnesota Twins, who lost 100 games in 2016 and reached the postseason in 2017. Even in a series loss, the Avalanche defied odds, as many had them being swept by the defending Western Conference Champions and the current holders of the Presidents’ Trophy. However, the Avalanche didn’t make things easy for Nashville. They scored 15 goals in the six games played. They scored first in three of the six games played. They won Game 5 after being behind in the final five minutes of regulation; the first time any team won a playoff game in such a situation since the Chicago Blackhawks did so in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2013.

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Photo by; Sports Beast

Regarding personal stats, Nathan MacKinnon’s six points (3 G & 3 A) in the series gives him 16 career playoff points (5 G & 11 A). Gabriel Landeskog scored four of the team’s 15 goals in the series, including two on the power play, and Mikko Rantanen had four helpers, but no goals as of yet. This writer believes that Rantanen will have plenty of chances to score his first career playoff goal, as the Avalanche could become a perennial playoff team once again.

And that is the Burgundy Breakdown! It was a fun and terrific season; here’s to 2018-19!

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