We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting Paul Stastny and has game on heroics in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild.
The Colorado Avalanche found themselves down 4-3 in game one against the Minnesota Wild with just seconds remaining in regulation. Head coach Patrick Roy pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov with three minutes remaining in the game. It looked like the Wild would put things away with an empty net goal, but Erik Johnson raced back and stopped the puck from going over the line. Moments later, Johnson received a pass from Nathan MacKinnon and blasted a shot on net. Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made the save, but the puck kicked right to Paul Stastny, who buried it past Bryzgalov and into the net with just 14 seconds remaining in the game. In overtime, Stastny once again took center stage. With just over seven minutes gone in overtime, Tyson Barrie walked around his defender, but lost the puck on a stick check from behind. Luckily, MacKinnon picked it up, skated behind the net, and found Stastny near the circle. Stastny let go a quick shot that trickled past Bryzgalov and into the net. The Avs went from being down 0-1 in the series to being up 1-0 and creating one of the most exciting moments of the season.