October 1, 2022
Darren Helm sends Avalanche to Western Conference Final with buzzer beater

Thanks to their 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night they were finally able to break through the Second Round ceiling this core has been stuck under the past four years and advance to the Western Conference Finals. This is Colorado’s first trip to the Western Conference Finals since 2002 and it gives them a matchup with Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, a series that will boast two exciting offenses and some of the best talents and players in the league.

The Avalanche trailed, 2-1, late in the third period and were unable to solve Blues goalie Ville Husso who appeared as if he was going to single handedly take the series to a Game 7.

This is a significant breakthrough for this Avalanche team to finally get through the Second Round. This is where they kept stalling out in each of the past three years, and after blowing a three goals lead in Game 5 of this series the pressure was absolutely on to win this series. There comes a point where every great team needs to take the next step in it’s development to be a Stanley Cup winner. Another second round exit for this Avalanche team, after that regular season, with this amount of talent, would have been a bitter disappointment. It should not be Stanley Cup or bust, but progress was needed.

The Western Conference Final will feature the Edmonton Oilers against the Colorado Avalanche and will begin either Tuesday, May 31 or Thursday, June 2. The confirmed Conference Finals schedule will be announced when matchups are determined.

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