The best player in the second-round series between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues got knocked out early in the first period. The Blues couldn’t recover.
Jordan Binnington had to leave the ice following a collision in the crease just 6:45 into the game, and was replaced by Ville Husso. Colorado scored the next three goals in response, pushing the Avalanche to a 5-2 victory in Game 3 and a 2-1 lead in the series.
Here are three takeaways from Colorado’s victory in Game 3.
Lehkonen Comes Through
At the beginning of March, Artturi Lehkonen was playing for a team that was hoping to get the first pick in the NHL Draft. He was one of six players brought to the Avalanche on trade deadline day, and he made team president Joe Sakic look pretty smart on Saturday. Lehkonen scored two goals – including what proved to be the game-winner – in helping the Avs to the win.
Lehkonen came to Colorado from the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round pick and Justin Barron. It didn’t take him long to start contributing once he got to the Avs, as he scored six goals and nine points in his 16 games with Colorado. He scored two goals in the first-round series against the Nashville Predators and had two goals in his final three regular-season games.