As we've hit the bye week for the Colorado Avalanche, it's time to introduce something the other teams here at BSN have been doing for a while: Film Room! In these pieces, we'll be breaking down tape and showing off different things, some good and some bad.
To start off with, I'm going to look at what I think has been the goal of the year so far for the Avalanche. While you can make plenty of solid arguments for the many one-man efforts put forth by Nathan MacKinnon, this breakdown is more about an entire line coming together. All five position players on the ice played a role in this particular goal in the New Year's Eve beatdown of the New York Islanders.
Here we see Avalanche defenseman Sam Girard going back and retrieving the puck. I slowed this one down a bit because Girard is able to accomplish so much in such a small amount of time. With Islanders forechecker Anthony Beauvillier closing in on him, Girard makes a subtle fake with his stick like he's going to take the puck on his forehand. This buys him just a half-second of time and he backhands the puck into the corner away from danger, where he quickly retrieves it himself.
From there, Girard, his eyes up the entire time as he watches Carl Soderberg's line step onto the ice, and he waits for the lane to open up. He then makes a strong pass to Soderberg and while the puck appears to be touched by one of the Isles players, it makes it through to Soderberg.