I breathed twice during this game…after the first period and after the second. The pace was fierce. The Kings and Avalanche played a wide open game, a skating game, the type the top two youngest teams in the league can play.
The good…no, no, the great! Brad Richardson. His first career hat trick. Each goal was the result of hard work and a never stop skating mentality. He hustled on the first one to the front of the net and received a nice bounce off Brayden Schenn’s back. On the second, Richardson’s eyes must have grown the size of a hockey puck when he saw Anderson do a poor man’s impression of Patrick Roy. Brad deflected the Anderson clearing attempt and, while the netminder was amidst an ice dance, he received a pass from Stoll that he buried into the net. The third came from an Avalanche turnover that Richardson intercepted and fired a wrist shot from above the left circle past Anderson.
Nobody had a bad game (I am being kind to Whiskey right now) though, besides Richardson, Williams, Kopitar, Stoll and Handzus were standouts as forwards and Greene played damn well for his first game back.
This game probably gave Quick a gray hair…I know it gave me one.
More on the game later, when I catch my breath. Don’t forget to check out the Goalie Tracker page shortly for an update.