In the match against St. Louis, which opened the season a couple of days ago, Colorado was far from in its best mood and the dreaded first field was still in the summer.
At the teams ’second encounter early Saturday morning, there was a completely different sound at the clock.
The final figures were recorded bluntly at 8–0.
After an undefeated opening round, Avalanche settled the game in the second round by rotting as many as four hits, three of which were scored by Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog.
Rantanen handsomely cheated Landeskog's second goal of the evening, 3-0.
The Finnish bull robbed the puck in the corner, the defender continued behind the goal on his back, from which he skillfully swirled the feed back to his chain mate, who had an easy job putting the puck in.
Just under three minutes later, Rantanen overwhelmed the team with 4-0 goals.
The hit was for 24-year-old Rantanen in his career in the 100th NHL regular season.
It was born in the 283rd match.
Rantanen only became the fifth player in the 2015 booking age category to reach the 100th goal.
He was preceded by Connor McDavid (165), Jack Eichel (137), Sebastian Aho (121) and Kyle Connor (106).
Rantanen's goal for Landeskog a moment earlier was the 200th in the Swedish captain's career.
In the third set, Jordan Binnington was allowed to make room for St. Louis ’goal with Ville Husso, 25, who made his NHL debut after four farm seasons.
After the game was already settled and the Blues' back straightened, Husso was in a difficult position between the poles.
In the final round, Colorado first embellished the readings with two superiority goals, after which Joonas Donskoi trained his compatriot by directing 7-0 on the board.
Even after that, Husso had to dig once for a puck behind his back after a superior finish.
Colorado’s superiority was in a crushing blow.
It succeeded in scoring five of its seven attempts.
The team's powermen had knocked MacKinnon (1 + 2) and Cale Makar (0 + 3) three points.
Rantanen's powers were 1 + 1.
For Huss, six fights eventually accumulated.
The season of the last time the Buffalo Sabers survived the playoffs ten years ago has started with a minor victory.
In Friday’s round, the hymn was the same as a couple of days earlier: a meager home loss for the Washington Capitals.
This time the Capitals were better with goals 2-1.
Buffalo was on the neck of the match, but his only hit was Rasmus Ristolainen's Handicap at the beginning of the final round.
Ristolainen sent a delivery from the blue line on the wrist to the goal, which bounced through the defender past goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek, who played his first NHL match.
Goal scoring is not an everyday treat for a Turku defender.
During the last four seasons, Ristolainen has knocked 5–6 hits seasonally.
However, the goal of the Finn, who was chosen as the three-star of the match, was a comfort to the home team, as Tom Wilson later made the last 2–1 hit of the match.
Buffalo was offered the keys to victory in the match, especially with superiority.
It managed to grind its superiority under the leadership of its superstars Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel five times without success, but not once.
Buffalo himself didn't take a dip.
Jakub Vrana succeeded in scoring in both wins of the week against Buffalo. Photo: Kevin Hoffman / AFP / Lehtikuva
Ottawa Senators – Toronto Maple Leafs 5–3 (1–1, 3–1, 1–1)
Buffalo Sabers – Washington Capitals 1–2 (0–0, 0–1, 1–1) B: Rasmus Ristolainen 1 + 0
Philadelphia Flyers – Pittsburgh Penguins 5–2 (3–2, 0–0, 2–0)
Tampa Bay Lightning – Chicago Blackhawks 5–2 (0–0, 3–2, 2–0)
Colorado Avalanche – St.
Louis Blues 8–0 (0–0, 4–0, 4–0) C: Mikko Rantanen 1 + 1, Joonas Donskoi 1 + 0, S: Ville Husso 6/10 ref.