Nazem Kadri scores buzzer-beating goal as Avalanche beat Blues

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Nazem Kadri's buzzer-beater with one-tenth of a second remaining in the game was the difference as the Colorado Avalanche claimed a thrilling 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues in Sunday's Western Conference round-robin clash in Edmonton.

But if 2020 hasn't given us enough clues already that times have changed, a goal by Colorado's Nazem Kadri with 0.1 seconds left in regulation should remind us that 2019 has passed. The NHL reviewed the play for several minutes before calling it a good goal. "I knew (the puck) hit the back of the net before the buzzer went off but I wasn't quite sure if the buzzer was late". "I tried to stay on top of the puck, and luckily it worked out". Although the Avalanche, Blues, Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights all have punched tickets to the Stanley Cup playoffs, they will play a mini-tournament to decide seeding in the opening round that will also feature teams advancing through the qualifying round series.

The Avalanche and Blues each have a qualifying-round bye and are competing for seeding ahead of the traditional 16-team playoff format set to begin August 11. "We need to respond a lot quicker".

Ryan Graves tied it at 1 on a broken play early in the third.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced, and the Avalanche carried over their domination of the Blues from the shortened regular season. "We got some guys who still got to pick it up and fortunately we have a couple games that we can still do that in before we get into the (16-team) playoffs". You don't draw up a 5-1 loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at home, then figure you'll just win 4-1 in Game 7 in Boston.

NOTES: D Vince Dunn was a surprise inclusion in the Blues' lineup, making Robert Bortuzzo a healthy scratch. The center-ice faceoff was made at 0.1 seconds - the amount of time Colorado led in the game.

Avalanche: Pavel Francouz is expected to start in goal in their next round-robin game Wednesday against Dallas.

There was no better team in the National Hockey League at parking a loss or poor play than the Blues in 2019.

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