Less than a month ago the Colorado Avalanche was gearing up for a crucial game against the Minnesota Wild, a Central Division team, also fighting for the last Wild Card spot in the post-season. Colorado had lost four of its previous seven games and was a long shot to make the playoffs.
The Avalanche went on to beat the Wild 3-1 with 9 games remaining. Colorado finished the regular season winning 6 of their last 9 securing the last Wild Card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Fast forward to game one of the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames, where the Avalanche looked out-matched losing a shutout game to Calgary 4-0. The Avs needed a spark, some sort of rejuvenation in game two, to curb another shutout. Game two was Colorado’s breakout game, with the Avs out-shooting the Flames 39-37 beating Calgary 3-2.
The series moved to the Pepsi Center on Monday night in Denver and the Colorado Avalanche showed glimpses of brilliance after extinguishing the Flames by out-shooting them 56-29 in Colorado’s absolute domination of the number one seed from the Pacific Division.
Monday’s nights shellacking wasn’t the only great news coming out of the Mile High City. Last week the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in the semi-finals to NCAA championship ousted the Denver University Pioneers in overtime. UMass went on to lose to Minnesota Duluth in the Championship game.
UMass defenseman Cale Makar was almost immediately called up by Colorado to sign an entry-level contract with the Avs, an estimated worth of $925,000 a season for three years. The story couldn’t get much better, but it does, because Makar was born in Calgary Alberta, Canada and played in Calgary until he committed to playing at the collegiate level for UMass, and on Monday night Makar scored his first NHL goal in the first period against the team he grew up watching. The Colorado Avalanche have taken a 2-1 lead in the series after beating the Flames 6-2.
In other sports, the NFL draft is just over a week away and it’s still unclear if John Elway and the Denver Broncos will be poised to draft a quarterback in the first round. Though many believe Joe Flacco may be this year’s Band-Aid at the quarterback position, others believe the acquisition of Flacco was to serve one purpose, to mentor an incoming quarterback. Fans have a week of waiting before they know who the Broncos will draft.
The Colorado Rockies have started to turn things around after a slow start to the season. The Rockies have won five games in their first 20. Two of those wins have come over the weekend when the Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants in game three of a four games series and game one of a two game series with the San Diego Padres. Colorado is back at home this week to start a four-game series with Philadelphia Phillies.