The Colorado Avalanche have secured their place in the Stanley Cup playoffs after a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks. Nathan MacKinnon was the hero of the night, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime and reaching the 100-point milestone in his career. The Avalanche are now the sixth team from the Western Conference to qualify for the playoffs.
Early lead and comeback
The Avalanche got off to a great start with two early goals in the first period by Jack Johnson and Evan Rodrigues. Kevin Labanc scored the first goal for the Sharks in the second period, but Nathan MacKinnon extended the lead for the Avalanche. In the third period, the Sharks made a comeback with goals from Jacob Peterson and Labanc, tying the game at 3-3 and forcing it into overtime.
MacKinnon’s milestone moment
Nathan MacKinnon stepped up for the Avalanche in overtime, scoring the game-winning goal at 3:13 and securing his team’s spot in the playoffs. The goal also marked his 100th point of the season, making him the sixth player in Avalanche history to achieve this milestone. MacKinnon’s three-point night was crucial in helping the Avalanche clinch their playoff berth.
Stanley Cup favorites
The Colorado Avalanche are among the top contenders for the Stanley Cup this season. They have already won the title three times and are the reigning champions. With their current form and talented roster, they are well-positioned to make a deep playoff run and potentially lift the cup for the fourth time in their franchise history.
the Colorado Avalanche have secured their place in the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs with a thrilling 4-3 OT win over the San Jose Sharks. Nathan MacKinnon’s milestone moment and game-winning goal helped the Avalanche clinch their playoff berth and keep their hopes of lifting the Stanley Cup alive.