Sitting second in the NHL in overtime goals, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie doesn’t mind putting in a little extra work. He was at it again after regulation ended in Thursday’s shootout win over the New York Rangers.
He was also the reason Colorado made it past the final frame.
With goaltender Semyon Varlamov on the bench for an extra attacker, Barrie tied the game with under a minute remaining.
“I think that third periods are usually our best periods—we don’t panic if we are down one or two going into the third,” said Barrie. “Anytime you’re under a minute and you can tie it up is obviously a big boost for the guys, and I was just fortunate to be the guy tonight. I was in the right spot at the right time.”
After a scoreless overtime period, he then beat Henrik Lundqvist for the winner in his first career shootout attempt.
"It might be my first and my last,' Barrie said.”(Head coach)Patty (Roy) told me, 'Hey, if you go backhand shelf, I'll be happy,' so it was the right call. You don't usually care what the coach says in a shootout, but any time Patty has some advice for you, you listen. It was nice that it worked."
Despite another comeback win, there was some reason for concern for the Avalanche, as forward Cody McLeod had to be helped off of the ice during the second period and did not return.