Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar not happy after “dangerous” play leads to Cale Makar injury scare
Colorado Avalanche: A Bumpy Road Trip Ends with Concerns and Controversy
The Colorado Avalanche faced a rough stretch on their recent three-game road trip, suffering back-to-back shutout losses. The trip took a frightening turn when star player Cale Makar collided awkwardly with the end boards during a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Despite initial concerns, a fortunate diagnosis followed the incident, offering a glimmer of hope for the team.
Makar’s crash occurred during a power play, with Sabres’ player Kyle Okposo applying pressure. The collision led to Makar’s right leg buckling, causing immediate alarm among teammates and coaches. While Makar returned to play in the third period, his condition remained a cause for concern.
Teammates and coach Jared Bednar expressed their discontent with the play, deeming it dangerous and deserving of penalties. Bednar criticized the hit, emphasizing the league’s efforts to protect players, especially stars like Makar. Okposo, while stating his lack of intention to harm Makar, acknowledged the gravity of the situation.
Makar displayed resilience by returning to the game, albeit with visible discomfort. His determination was evident as he took shifts during the third period, showing his commitment to the team despite the challenging circumstances.
The game was an overall disappointment for the Avalanche, with the power play failing to capitalize on opportunities and goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen making crucial saves for the Sabres. This defeat marked the first time the Avalanche had been shut out in consecutive games since 2016, adding to the team’s frustration.
Additionally, Nathan MacKinnon’s absence in the third period due to penalties further compounded the team’s woes. His frustration over the lack of penalties called during Makar’s incident led to a heated exchange with officials, highlighting the team’s concerns about player safety.
As the Avalanche returns home, the focus now shifts to Makar’s recovery. The fortunate diagnosis provides a ray of hope amid the disappointing losses. The team’s ability to bounce back from this challenging road trip will test their resilience and determination as they aim to maintain their strong start to the season.