Colorado Avalanche’s Series of Unfortunate Events: A Recap of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round

Nathan MacKinnon played his heart out during the game, with two goals being taken away, one being awarded to Rantanen and the other being completely disallowed due to offside. Despite losing the game, it was clear that MacKinnon knew he had to be the center of Colorado’s comeback. MacKinnon’s play was dominant from start to finish, and his efforts were not helped by his team’s lack of support. Like MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen played with full force and was a physical force throughout the game. Colorado showed a champion spirit by bouncing back from their Game 5 loss and playing dominant possession hockey for the next two games. Although certain players were ineffective, the team’s effort was undeniable. The team’s chances were hindered by injuries to key players, such as Cale Makar and Gabe Landeskog, as well as Val Nichushkin leaving the team for personal reasons. The injuries of Andrew Cogliano and Darren Helm due to dangerous hits from Jordan Eberle and Will Borgen were not given adequate discipline. Colorado’s bench was further depleted by their absence, which exacerbated the team’s lack of depth-scoring. The series seemed to be heavily tilted against Colorado, with the team experiencing a streak of unfortunate events. Despite dominating the puck possession in Game 7, Colorado lost the game due to Seattle’s two goals, one of which was a result of bad luck, and the other was a great finish by Oliver Bjorkstrand.

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