Darren Helm won it for the Colorado Avalanche with a slapshot with just under six seconds left. I was getting up to go to the bathroom for the OT when the goal was scored.
I can’t believe what I just saw.
DaterJinx Supreme. Unbelievable.
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 28, 2022
Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers, Tuesday night at Ball Arena, Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. McDavid vs. MacKinnon. Game time is 6 p.m. Berg. The second-round monkey is finally off the back of this core Avs group. The Avs are in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 20 years.
I still can’t believe what I just saw.
Who had Darren Helm in the game-winning goal pool?
But he’s got a knack for that, right?
Darren Helm scores a winning goal that sends Colorado to the Western Conference Finals.
— Ryan Hana (@RyanHanaWWP) May 28, 2022
The Avalanche will NO LONGER have to answer questions about why they didn’t make it through the second round. Now it’s on to ROUND 3.
“That means a lot. Have been through some dark times. I definitely felt like we outplayed them in this series. We deserved a good leap at the end,” said Nathan MacKinnon. “If we’re going to win, we need everyone. “That was our team this year. Helmer with an OT goal. Or pretty much an OT goal. It’s a crazy game, hockey.”
“Obviously the last game was heartbreaking when it happened. You look back at all the things you could have done to do it differently. But it’s cliche. It’s a game. Recover from losses. As a team, we rose to the challenge,” said Gabe Landeskog. “I have a feeling the best is yet to come.”
Said Jared Bednar: “You have to use all your depth. JT Compher has a night. We talked about how he was more assertive and not as sure. Apparently the Helm Gate was huge. His queue was huge tonight. It won’t be as pretty or fancy to look at as the MacKinnon line, but their line made a big impression tonight.
“It’s probably past experience. We had two games of this series that we didn’t like at all. Game 5, we stopped playing to our identity in the last 12 or 13 minutes. He stung. It was depressing for 48 hours. We’re an attacking side and if we don’t do that, we’re in trouble. With our team, death is certain. But our boys, you could tell the faith was there. I’m proud of how our boys have fought back in this series.”