The Colorado Avalanche took home their first-ever Calder Cup trophy on Saturday, winning Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Semi-Finals.
The Avalanche had a great game, and a chance to prove to their fans that they were the best team in the NHL.
However, their performance against the Jets in Game 6 wasn’t good enough to warrant them any Calder Cup.
After the game, Colorado head coach Mike Yeo said the team is “stressed about how we played.”
Yeo was asked about the way his team looked in Game 5, and said that was his team’s fault.
“The team got outplayed in the first period and then it kind of took a turn,” Yeo told reporters.
“We need to focus on that.”
The Avalanche’s performance in Game 7 against the New York Rangers in the Round of 32 is a great example of how Yeo’s team can be “stoked” to win when their focus is on “winning.”
Yeo also said that the team had a strong first period, as they scored two goals in the opening period and took a 3-1 lead into the third period.
The Avalanche were able to pull away late in the third and force a shootout.
The team had their own moment of success in the fourth period, scoring three goals in a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
The victory came after Colorado’s power play went 0-for-5 and the Avalanche scored just four goals in Game 1.
After a rough start to the series, the Avalanche had their best game of the series.
They scored two more goals in their fourth period to seal the series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“We got a good start in the game and had a lot of chances in the second period,” Yeos said.
“And we got a goal in the middle of the second and that was it for us.
We just got outworked.”
The first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs is set to begin on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The winners of that series will play the winner of Game 1 of the Round 1 playoff series.