One of the newest Colorado Avalanche members, Andre Burakovsky, scored his first goal with the team en route to an Avs victory.
The Colorado Avalanche are currently undefeated, and our dream of going 82-0 is still alive.
Ok, I know we’re not going to go undefeated this season. However, I like the team’s stockpiling of points early on in the season to stave off the disaster of a mid-season collapse.
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Meanwhile, one of our newest Colorado players earned his first goal in burgundy and blue. And it just so happened to be the game-winner.
That man is Andre Burakovsky. He scored a go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the Avs (especially Philipp Grubauer) prevented any further Boston Bruins goals.
The goal is one of my favorite types — a coast-to-coast special. I mean, I love all Avs goals, but coast-to-coast affairs are fun.
So, Burakovsky corrals the puck in his own zone. The Avalanche are tied with 7:14 left to go. Andre puts on a burst of speed to get him through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone.
He then does his best Sam Girard impression, spinning away from the Boston defender. After working his way just above the faceoff circle, he unleashes a wrist shot that flies over Jaroslav Halak‘s shoulder and into the net:
My other favorite thing about this goal is Burakovsky’s celebration. As he’s taking the shot, a Bruins defender knocks him to the ice. He’s sitting down when the puck goes in.
So, Andre just celebrates while on the ice. He’s know for being child-like at times, and this would be a good example.
The Colorado Avalanche went on to score an empty net goal — for the third straight game — and thus hold on to the win.
The miracle of miracles happened tonight. The Avs had not one but two coach’s challenges go their way. At the 1:50 mark of the second period, Karson Kuhlman scored for Boston. However, Jared Bednar challenged, and video review showed David Krejci had been interfering Grubauer.
Then, in the opening seconds of the third period, Jake DeBrusk seemed to score a power play goal. However, Bednar again challenged, and David Pastrnak was shown to be slightly offsides.
Hey, I hate the coach’s challenge rule as much as the next fan. However, it worked in Colorado’s favor tonight.
Overall, the Colorado Avalanche didn’t play a dominating game. They were, in fact, sloppy at times. However, at the end of the day, they got their third win on the season.
And Andre Burakovsky got his first goal in an Avs sweater. And it was a pretty memorable one.