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When the schedule was released following the conclusion of the most recent NHL labor stoppage, the Colorado Avalanche were set to open the season against the Minnesota Wild and close it against the same Minnesota Wild.
One team entered Friday night’s contest at the Pepsi Center in the midst of a six-game losing streak. The other one looked listless during a 4-1 loss at home.
Tonight’s Colorado Avalanche game came down to the very last tenth of a second, proving true the age-old mantra of playing until you hear the whistle – or in this case, buzzer.
The Colorado Avalanche continue to get stronger as the shortened NHL season wears on. First they got Erik Johnson back from a concussion, then they defeated the hottest team in the League when they stomped the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 at home, and now they have gotten top-four defenseman Ryan WIlson back on their blue line.
Allowing yourself to be down and out, complacent, mentally vacant even for a few days after blowing a 4-1 lead against the Edmonton Oilers would almost be expected. Facing a 56-shot barrage to lose the game in regulation would be devastating to many in the NHL.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was asked to do something amazing on Saturday night, something that isn’t a regular occurrence in the National Hockey League. He was called upon to be a brick wall in the face of 56 shots in order to keep his club in the game against an unrelenting Edmonton Oilers squad, who set a franchise record for shots on goal.
Sometimes a call up has a ripple effect in professional hockey, the effects of which are felt from top to bottom of an organizational system. Often it takes just the right amount of circumstance, which is the case with the Colorado Avalanche, who have recalled prospective goaltender Calvin Pickard from their AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.