We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting Tyson Barrie and his overtime scoring touch.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie entered the 2013-2014 season as a promising offensive defenseman with plenty of upside. He bounced in and out of the lineup in 2012-2013, but made the opening night roster for the Avalanche this season. However, he was a healthy scratch at various points early in this season while he worked to find his place on the team. Then it all clicked. Barrie became responsible his own end, confident with the puck, and aggressive on offense. When 2014 rolled around, Barrie became an offensive force for the Avalanche back-end and added “clutch” to his list of abilities. On January 8, 2014, Barrie scored his first overtime goal of the season against the Ottawa Senators. Six days later against the Chicago Blackhawks, Barrie did it again, scoring another overtime winner against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Barrie added one more overtime goal to his resume later in the year, burning the Vancouver Canucks on March 26, 2014. Barrie only scored five game-winning goals, but three of them were in overtime. His three overtime goals were tied for the league lead with Alex Ovechkin and James Neal, and were the most by a defenseman. I often compared Barrie to Sandis Ozolinsh with the way he would just roam in the offensive zone, searching for an opportunity to make something happen. In overtime, with the extra ice, more often than not Barrie made something happen.