The Colorado Avalanche are still in hold of home ice advantage, if the post season where to start today. After a surprising shootout win against the New York Rangers last night, the Avalanche are still just one point ahead of Chicago for the number four spot in the Western Conference. Thanks to a defensemen? By the popular name Tyson Barrie, yes a defensemen, the game was tied with 51 seconds left. Just the third Avalanche defensemen to participate in a shootout, Barrie’s first game tying goal, was a rebound that he had to control and very trickily sneak past rangers goal tender, Henrik Lundqvist. The shootout goal was a triple fake to the goaltender’s right, and then a backhand shot that snuck up and over Lundqvist’s right forearm. After the Avalanche’s goaltender made one last save, the game was over and the Avs earned two points! It was sweet revenge after New York beat the Avs, 5-1, just before the Olympic break. So with a great year the Avalanche have had, there are six very important games left. The next game is against St Louis, on Saturday and the Avs will see if they can beat their division rival, and who currently hold first place in the western conference. Not far behind San Jose for the number three spot in the playoffs, the last six games of the year could make or break the Avs in a playoff run.
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