- Paducah, Ky
Kyrou had a chance to make it 3-1 in the second period with an empty net but defenseman Josh Manson leaped in to make the save and keep the game
Colorado defenseman Josh Manson knew he had an instant to get in position to make what may well have been the most important save of Game 6.
In the second period, Jordan Kyrou had the puck and Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper was out of his net and not getting back. As Kyrou moved into position to get a clean shot, Manson slid in and blocked the shot, saving a sure goal. If it goes in, the Blues are up 3-1 and Colorado has a deeper hole to dig out of to get back.
“Well, there was a bit of a panic, to be honest with you, because they made a good play,” Manson said. “Once it went to Kyrou, I knew he was a really patient player and I had a feeling he was gonna hold on to that thing and once I saw him take the step, I just was hoping that it hit me and I think if that one goes in, we're still a resilient team and are still gonna bounce back, but it was nice to get that one.”
“They threw it back down and he showed good patience,” Kuemper said. “I tried to get over there as quick as I could but he held on to it. Manse came up with a heroic block there and the puck found its way back to me.”
“You look back on it now,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said, “and you see how tight the game is. Their power play is scary. Give the Blues credit. I look at that team and playing against them, they’re a really good team and they start zipping that thing around, they’ve got some skill and all of a sudden, the net is open, they’re going side to side and (Manson) comes sliding through there and makes a huge save. One of the biggest of the game and keeps us within striking distance. That is the type of desperation and sacrifice that you need from your guys to win at this time of the year. It’s sort of fitting that we were able to get a play like that.”