A victory, but few smiles

DENVER | Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and J.

A victory, but few smiles

DENVER | Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and J.T. Compher essentially repeated the same speech. They said they were happy with this win, but they will need to clean up several facets of their game.

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"The Oilers have a dangerous team," MacKinnon said. They have depth too. Both [Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl] did their thing too. They were amazing as always. We have things to correct, but we are happy with the victory. »

"It's a good win for us," added Compher, who scored two goals. We will have things to fix defensively if we want to win more games in this series. »

Before the start of this confrontation, several analysts had predicted high-scoring encounters. The first game was in this line with an 8-6 victory for the Avalanche against the Oilers.

"I didn't hear what people could say until our show started. I have no idea, assured MacKinnon. I'm just happy with the win. We can play better defensively. There is cleaning to be done everywhere. We don't want to play like that. »

Makar also hit the nail on the head with cleaning.

"I feel like we've done some good things. But we gave them too many chances to score. They have talented players. We have to play better defensively. We will learn from this meeting. We don't want to play like that against them. We will need to clean up our game in our territory. »

Some indications

In addition, Jared Bednar remained quite silent about the injury of his starting goalkeeper, Darcy Kuemper.

"He hurt his lower body," the coach said. We will see later. »

Called in relief, Pavel Francouz finished with the win by yielding three times on 21 shots.

"I had two or three shifts to stretch," admitted the Czech. I didn't have to jump on the ice immediately when cold. I had time to prepare myself a little mentally. A trainer told me to get ready. »

A little bit of luck

Makar scored a great goal late in the first period, responding nine seconds after an Edmonton goal from Zach Hyman. Coach Jay Woodcroft lost an offside challenge on Makar's goal. On the restart, we notice that the Colorado defender waited before touching the puck to give Valeri Nichushkin one more second to get out of the zone.

"For my goal, I had an instinct to give him as much time as possible to get out of the zone," Makar explained. I didn't have time to watch the replay. Maybe it was a bit of luck. »