Despite the pandemic, Colorado sports is thriving this week and there’s lots to talk about, starting off with a nail-biting end to the Colorado Avalanche’s (Avs) first Round-Robin game against the Conference-leading St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.
Sunday the Avs played the St. Louis Blues in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at Roger’s Place in their first game of the Round-Robin and it was a candidate for one of the best games to kick-off the restart of the 2020 season.
The Avs were down early on a St. Louis power-play goal with just 3:15 to play in the first period. St. Louis’ goalie Jordan Binnington was stopping everything the Avs threw at him and the Avs had outshot the Blues 15-2 just before the power-play goal. Both teams were scoreless in the second period with the Blues stepping up their shot totals.
Avs defenseman Ryan Graves fanned on a pass down the center that seemed to freeze the Blues, but rebounded with a shot to the right of Binnington tying the game at 1 apiece at the start of the third period. The excitement and crescendo came at the end of the game with the Avs on a power-play when Avs Center Nazem Kadri slid into the top of the crease on a rebound and tapped the puck in with .01 seconds remaining giving the Avs the lead and the win.
The Colorado Rockies rebounded in a big way after dropping their home opener to the San Diego Padres 8-7 on Friday. The Rockies bullpen gave up a three-run lead in the 9th inning. The following day, Colorado stepped up with a resounding 6-1 clobbering of the Padres. On Sunday the Rockies almost repeated their errors of Friday after going up 9-1 in 7 innings, by allowing the Padres to score 5 more runs in the 8th and 9th innings, but their huge lead was just too much for San Diego to overcome. The Rockies are now 6-2 and atop of the NL West standings.
With hockey and baseball providing Colorado sports fans with a great weekend of sports, basketball and football can definitely bring the elated fans back down to earth.
The Denver Nuggets dropped their first game of the restart of the 2020 season to the Miami Heat. Yes you read that right, the Miami Heat. The Nuggets were out scored in all quarters but the second losing to the Heat by 20 points (105-125) in Orlando. Jerami Grant and Nikola Jokic led all Nuggets with 19 points each with Bol Bol only scoring 5 in 12 minutes of play.
The Denver Broncos starting right tackle (RT) Ja’Wuan James has opted out of the 2020 season with concerns about COVID-19. James missed most of the 2019 season to injury and was expected to be a huge improvement to the O-line. James is now the second Bronco to opt out of the 2020 season.