Brad Boyes, Florida Panthers defeat Colorado Avalanche in overtime – Mile High Maniac
The Colorado Avalanche suffered an overtime loss Tuesday night at the hands of the Florida Panthers (yes, the Florida Panthers) as Brad Boyes delivered the game-winner to earn the 4-3 victory.
The first period didn’t have very much positives for the Avalanche. Florida recorded the first goal of the game on a Ryan Wilson turnover as Brandon Pirri took an uncontested slapshot on net, beating Avs’ goalie Reto Berra. Florida could have easily had a three-to-five goal lead in the first but Berra held his ground for the most part.
Players on the Avs’ were out of place, referring to defenseman Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie. Both were exploited by the Florida forwards, letting them get position in front of the net. Luckily for Colorado, Florida didn’t take advantage the situation.
Moving on, the Avs’ were beat on a four-on-two later on in the first period as Aaron Ekblad found Aleksander Barkov on a two-on-one for the easy goal. Florida took a 2-0 lead over the Avalanche heading into the first intermission.
At the 10:56 mark in the second period, the Avs’ caught a break. Panthers winger Brad Boyes committed a high-sticking penalty sending the Avalanche on a power-play. To add on top of that, Florida was called for a delay-of-game penalty for dumping the puck over the glass. Colorado had the luxury of going on a 5-on-3 for nearly 1:02.
With less than 15 seconds to go on the 5-on-3, defenseman Tyson Barrie recorded the power-play goal with a slapshot beating Roberto Luongo. Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene picked up the assists as Colorado brought the lead down to one. With …read more