Fans in Colorado got a triple dose of professional sports on Monday with the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Rockies all playing consecutively.
The Denver Nuggets kicked off their post-season with game one of a best-of-seven, against the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets had trouble containing Donovan Mitchell who ended up scoring 57 in Utah’s loss to the Nuggets in overtime (OT). It was Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic who helped Denver push pass the Jazz in the final 5 minutes as the Nuggets outscored the Jazz 20-10 in OT.
The Denver Nuggets lead the series 1-0 as they head into game two on Wednesday, August 19, at 2 p.m. The Nuggets will have to find a way to contain Mitchell in the series in order to get past the Jazz. Mitchell is the definitive X-factor for the Jazz heading into Wednesday’s game.
The most dominating performance by the three Colorado teams was by far, that of the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche scored in each of their three periods against the Arizona Coyotes dominating in periods 1 and 3. The Avalanche scored first with 5:53 to play in the first on a goal by Matt Nieto. Colorado’s second goal came just two minutes later from Nazem Kadri on a rebound shot from Gabriel Landeskog to make it 2-0. Colorado’s final goal of the first period came with just 20 seconds left from Nazem Kadri yet again after a rebound shot from Nathan MacKinnon extending their lead by three.
The Avalanche scored a single goal in the second by Joonas Donskoi, which by that time Colorado was outshooting the Coyotes 19-6. The Coyotes finally got on the board with 6:29 to play in the second on a goal by Arizona’s defenceman Jakob Chychrun, spoiling Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer’s chance at a shutout.
By the third period the Avs were firing on all cylinders when Colorado defenceman Cale Makar weaved his way through the Arizona line for the Avalanche’s fifth goal. Matt Calvert and Mikko Rantanen both added two more to give the Avs a dominating win over the Arizona Coyotes, 7-0.
The Avs lead the series 3-1 with game 5 scheduled Wednesday, August 19, at 3:30 p.m.
With two big wins in playoff games from the Avalanche and the Nuggets, the Rockies were up in a late Monday night regular season game that kicked off their series with the Houston Astros. The Rockies unfortunately didn’t make it a Colorado hat-trick losing their fourth game in 5 games to the Houston Astros 2-1.
The Colorado Rockies game two of a four game series had not been played at the time of this writing. Games three and four are scheduled for Wednesday night at 6:40 p.m. and Thursday afternoon at 1:10 p.m.