The Colorado Avalanche did it again.
Trailing 3-2 with a little less than 2:30 to play in Game 5 against the Wild on Saturday night, Patrick Roy did what he's done all season and pulled his goalie Semyon Varlamov for the extra attacker with a lot of time to play. And once again the Avalanche got the equalizer.
Roy has been extremely aggressive in pulling his goaltenders this season and it has worked with greater frequency than most coaches. You have to wonder if his tactical approach to pulling the goalie will spread and we'll see them leaving earlier because as we all know, coaches copy what works.
Of course it wouldn't be a big goal without some controversy. The Avalanche were very close to being offside, very, very close. It's hard to tell if the skate is still touching the blue line there or not.
here is a screencap of the offsides…GIF upcoming. pic.twitter.com/m9Z8C4dkdN— Steph (@myregularface) April 27, 2014
Offside or not, it wasn't called and the result was a game-tying goal.
Just to further upset Wild fans, though, was this play that preceded the goal with Charlie Coyle going after the empty net. Definitely could have been a penalty on the play but there was no call (via @cjzero).
The Wild ended up losing in OT so surely this one is going to sting.