The Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Two of those three goals came from young forward Tyson Jost.
Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost scores two goals!
If Jost scores two goals and I’m not around to watch, does it count? Well, yes, it does. Our hardest working Avalanche player finally got rewarded with what he deserved — two goals that can’t be disallowed or accredited to another player. And, of course, he did so on a night when I couldn’t watch the game.
The first goal came with 6:49 left in the first period. The Carolina Hurricanes gave the puck away at their own blueline. Jost corralled the puck, skated toward the right circle and let lose a laser of a wrist shot:
And that, Avs fans, is why you don’t give up on a player like Tyson Jost. All players who make it to the NHL have elite talent. But not all of them have such a laser of a shot.
Also, look at how his teammates on the ice mob him, with little Samual Girard coming in with such speed he almost knocked the whole pile over. And watch the bench erupt. Jost’s teammates are psyched that he’s scored. They’re not interested in the whole “someone who produces more” line of attack. They want their teammate.
Tyson himself said of the moment:
"“It was definitely a relief. I knew it was going to come soon. I’m confident in the player that I am. I know I went through a little bit of a slump, but I knew it was going to go in. Trust my work and trust my abilities. It was awesome, I’m not going to lie. It did feel really good.”"
It felt really good for all Colorado Avalanche fans, too.
Jost said of the sequence itself:
"“J.T., he’s a righty so he was open for the one-timer there. I opened up to pass it to him and the D kind of bit on the pass, left my shot lane open, so I decided to take it. Honestly, I trust my shot.”"
I trust his shot, too. It’s a laser.
Altitude TV announcer Lauren Jbarra talked with Jost during the intermission:
Ian Cole in the background, grinning, is a mood.
I’m the captain, but on overdrive:
Here’s another reason you don’t scratch Tyson Jost for, say, a Vladislav Kamenev like so many people creeping Avs Twitter suggest. Besides that laser of a shot, Jost can produce more. Midway through the second period, he did just that:
What I love about that goal is it’s a totally hard-working goal by Jost. He starts by winning his battle along the boards to get the puck to Cale Makar. He then drives the net, because good things happen when you drive the net. That puts him in the perfect position to receive Makar’s beautiful pass back to him so he can tuck it past the Hurricanes’ goalie.
The celebration after Tyson’s second goal is even fiercer:
Check out new guy, Vladislav Mamestnikov. He couldn’t be happier!
No, really, look at the look on his face:
Tyson IS a mood — MY mood once I finally got home and could watch the highlights:
We all know that Tyson Jost went through a long stretch of time without being able to record a goal. He had the one that was attributed to Andre Burakovsly because it slightly touched his skate. And he had the one in the last game disallowed.
But you don’t give up on a 21-year-old just because he’s having a rough stretch. Not when he’s working so hard. He never gave up on himself or the team. And he finally, finally got rewarded.
And so did the Colorado Avalanche.