A late-game comeback, two controversial non-calls, and overtime heroics from a teenager. Just another night in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In his playing days, Patrick Roy was always eager to be pulled in favor of the extra attacker. From Adrian Dater of the Denver Post on April 20:
“As a goalie, I would have loved to see my coach doing that,” Roy said Friday, one day after pulling Semyon Varlamov from Game 1 against Minnesota with 3:01 left and his team down 4-3, a game the Avs won 5-4 in overtime. “You want to see your team tying (the game). It doesn’t matter if it’s three minutes or two minutes or one minute. It’s just a feeling. I know one day it might bite us, but it’s a long-term thing; if you do it 10 times and on 10 times you score four goals, that’s pretty big.”
As a coach, Roy has made the early pull his trademark. He was at it again Saturday night.
With the Avalanche trailing 3-2 in the waning minutes, Roy pulled Varlamov with more than two minutes to go. Here’s the result of that decision:
Shortly after the goal, the discussion shifted to officiating — the play appeared to be offside. In the same sequence there was another questionable non-call as Charlie Coyle raced to the puck against Andre Benoit and looked like borderline interference.
As the game headed to overtime, the magic of the moment had worn off as the officiating crew became the center of attention.
But alas, there’s no video review system for offsides and referees don’t change their minds on non-calls. The goal stood. The Avs had yet again pulled off a late-game comeback thanks to Patrick Roy’s patented early pull.
After making the gorgeous backhand saucer pass to set up the tying goal, it was once again Nate Mackinnon leading the way offensively for Colorado. Just 3:27 into OT, this happened:
With the goal, Mackinnon finished the night with three points, upping his post-season total to 10. He leads the playoff scoring race. He’s 18 years old.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 27, 2014
The series shifts back to Minnesota where the Avalanche will have the opportunity to advance on Monday night. #CookeKarma