Despite Nathan MacKinnon’s Incredible Hat Trick, Blues Find A Way To Stay Alive

The St. Louis Blues found a way to stay alive tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, who were leading the series 3-1. The Avs maintained a great lead for most of the game but the Blues found some steam in the second to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Nate MacKinnon powered the Avalanche through the first period. He put up his first goal just 3:51 into the game:

The Avalanche absolutely lit up Ville Husso but it took until there were two minutes left in the period for the Dogg to scoop his second goal of the period. On the power play, he strengthened the Avs lead with a dirty little goal:

The Avs ended up putting up 18 shots in the first period alone while holding the Blues to just 9 shots in the period. They used that momentum to scoop another goal – this time from Gabe Landeskog – just 4 minutes into the second.

The Blues did get one of their own on the board 10 minutes later and that gave them a bit more momentum at the end of the period. The best part of the game came at intermission though, check it out:

Into the third period, the Blues added another two goals in the first 15 minutes of the third to tie these teams at two. But those fuckers forgot that we have NATE THE GREAT! MacKinnon went end-to-end to grabs the Avs lead back with just 2:46 left in the game. The Dogg collected his 2nd playoff hat trick on this absolutely gorgeous goal:

HOW DOES HE DO IT?! The kid makes it look so easy.

Sadly, the Blues were able to come back and tie it and we saw this game go to OT. The Avs had chance after chance to end this series but Tyler Bozak was the one to keep the Blues alive with a goal 3:38 into OT.

The Avalanche have to play again on Friday night and this time they need to swiftly shut down the Blues. They’ll need the Nate Dogg back in that game, but he can’t do it alone. They’ll need their best guys to end this series and move on. I was hoping to have a more exciting ending but alas, onto Game 6.

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