Ramblings: Avs Move On, Marchand Surgery, Down in Flames, Power-Play Time (May 28)

Ian Gooding


Well, that was quite an ending to the sixth game of Colorado/St. Louis. Just when you were about to get up to go to the fridge for a refill or another snack in anticipation of overtime, this happened:

The unlikeliest of game-winning goal candidates, Darren Helm scored his first playoff goal since 2016. On this day in 2009, he also scored a series-winning goal to send the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup Final (2009 can't be that long ago, can it?) Helm entered this game on the Frozen Tools cold list with just a single point (assist) in the Avs' other nine playoff games, so no blame whatsoever if you missed out.

J.T. Compher scored the Avs' other two goals, which were his first two goals of the playoffs. Compher was also a member of the cold list with just two assists (both in one game) over his previous nine games.

The Avalanche outshot the Blues 39-20 in this game. Ville Husso made 36 saves for his first quality start in the four games that he played in this series.

Now it's time for the McSeries. McDavid. MacKinnon. Makar. Buckle up. The fun starts on Tuesday.

The Blake Coleman "no goal" will be debated all summer, especially in Calgary.

The officials' decision to waive the goal wouldn't have mattered if Calgary prevailed in overtime. That being said, the Flames also don't have an equal to Connor McDavid and "probably" still would have lost the series even if the Coleman goal counted.