Colorado Avalanche Defeats Seattle Kraken 4-1, Forces Epic Game 7
After six playoff games, the Colorado Avalanche have finally shown their worth as the reigning Stanley Cup champions. They are therefore going home for Game 7 in an effort to overcome the Seattle Kraken. Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, including an empty-net goal in the dying seconds of the game, while Mikko Rantanen scored seven goals during their first-round playoff series. Seattle was the first team to score, but in the final seconds of the first period, Rantanen scored to tie the game at one. The Avalanche dominated the game in the latter two periods, showcasing their Stanley Cup champion attributes.
At 7:21 into the second period, Erik Johnson scored his first playoff goal on a deflected shot, and at 16:57, Lehkonen redirected Devon Toews’ slap pass to make it 3-1 for Colorado. Both Toews and Cale Makar, who missed Game 5 due to a suspension, got two assists each.
At 15:48 in the opening period, Seattle’s Vince Dunn scored on a slapshot past Alexandar Georgiev in goal for Colorado to become the Kraken’s 14th different goal scorer this postseason. In the latter moments, Georgiev made significant stops on Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jaden Schwartz, but otherwise, his night was quite uneventful. He ended up with 22 saves.
The final game of the series will take place on Sunday in Denver. It will be the first Game 7 for both Seattle and Colorado Avalanche since their loss to Dallas in the second round of the 2020 playoffs when both teams were on the bubble. Jordan Eberle of Seattle claimed that since they have been a solid road team all season, they have nothing to lose.