Edmonton, Alberta – Fourteen games, 12 wins.
Western Conference Champions with two defeats.
The Avalanche on Monday completed its second sweep of the top three sevens, advancing to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since winning all of 2001, beating the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in extra time.
“I’m proud of the guys,” said Avs coach Jared Bedner. “It’s just a setback, hope, guys want to win.”
Winger Arthuri Leconen scored a rebound in the OT 1:19 in the 4th game of the Western Conference Finals. Colorado trailed by two goals in the wild third season with six goals.
“I was so excited to see that buck go in, and now we have the opportunity to play for every child’s dream trophy,” said Evs Johnson, 34, a senior member of the Avs defense. League-low 22 wins in 2016-17. “To get that opportunity – so we’re excited. I’m excited. Very excited.
Legonn அடிn scored the tallest shot of defenseman Gale McCurry, and goalie Mike Smith hit the buck. Smith’s contact’s potential whistle for a high stick and Legonen swatted the rebound into an open net. Makar scored five goals, scoring the first goal.
“We had some good setbacks in that third period,” said left-hander and captain Cape Landescock, who got the Avs 4-3 during a similar back-and-forth stretch to Game1.
“Leggy – it’s a clutch goal at a crucial moment.”
Colorado will face New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning winner in the Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers lead the series 2-1. Like Nashville sweeping in the first round, the Aves could have another week break between games.
“It’s awesome,” said center Nathan McKinnon, who equalized 4-4. “We felt it was our time.”
Johnson saw it coming.
“We’re very flexible. Even after the third minute we went to the locker room before extra time and said, ‘Hey boys, we’ll sign up for this great comeback. All the pressure is on them. If they lose their season.’ So we stuck with it and kept our heads down and knew it was going to come if we played the right way and kept playing.
The tie was 4-4, with Avalanche center Miko Randonen scoring the power-play goal 5:13, giving Colorado a 1-0 lead in the third period. But within two minutes, oils winger Zack Cassian jumped on a loose buck in Greece to create another draw.
Landescock and McKinnon tied behind Smith 4-4 at 8:58 and 13:30. Landescock made the buck chip in the net during a chaotic moment in Greece and McKinnon beat Smith by a top-shelf wrist shot.
The Avs had a 1-0 lead and dominated early in the second period, before the Oilers equalized with a goal from Zack Hyman, then doubled twice 1-1 to take a 3-1 lead. Third.
Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both beat Collie Powell Franௌois by backhanders. Leon created a crossroads through the Hymen midfield on the tricycle and Nugent-Hopkins took advantage of Avs defenseman Devon Dows’ defensive-end revenue.
One minute after Nugent-Hopkins’ goal, Colorado forward Alex Newhook was sent off for a foul on the boy from the defensive edge. And 52 seconds later, Connor McDowitz beat Francois with a wrist shot in the power play.
In the first minute of the third period, Dowes made up for his precious return by scoring one goal for Colorado. The shot he scored from the high slot was made by Carrom behind Edmonton defenseman Cody Ceci and Smith.
But Edmonton took advantage of the 3-on-2 rush to regain a two-goal lead, with McDoweck bursting into the buck for Triesite and Dishing Hyman once on Triesite.
Capricorn started. It came during the game’s first power play as a result of Gassian cutting Avs defender Jack Johnson. Leghonen sent Buck Low to the crowd, who found a path and lifted Smith’s glove over the side of his shoulder.
“A lot of fighting on our team. I’m very proud of them for what they have achieved at this point, ”Bedner said. “Our first goal is the regular season and then round 1, 2 and 3, a five-step process to be the best team we can be.
Footnotes. Goalkeeper Darcy Gumber, who was injured early in the 1st game of the series, was allowed to play in support of Fran்கois. க்கோ Miko Randenen, a natural right-winger, was the second-tier center of the Avs to replace the injured Naseem Kadri. Winger Andrei Purakovsky returned from injury in two games and was replaced by winger Nicholas Abe-Kubel Nico Sturm. … Oils forward Dylan Holloway, 20, made his NHL debut. Edmonton went back with 11 forwards and an extra defender (Chris Russell).