Avalanche Rally Back To Defeat Sabres With Veteran Alex Tanguay
The Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche had a pretty boring scoreless first period as these are two the NHL's worst teams. Evander Kane made it a 1-0 game. The Sabres led by one score after two periods.
The heroics of 36-year-old left winger Alex Tanguay were huge tonight. Tanguay had an assist and the game-winning goal in the final thirty seconds to make it a 2-1 game after Colorado trailed 1-0 after two periods. Tanguay's clutch third period was the biggest reason why the Avalanche won.
Tanguay now has 3 goals, 15 assists, and 18 points in 2015-2016. To say he's underperformed is an understatement. Tanguay turns 37 in the offseason and the Avalanche have to deal him at the trade deadline for youth if he gets hot.
One team, they could trade him to is the Florida Panthers, the team that the Avalanche defeated in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. The Panthers have a ton of centers and Jagr at right wing but are thin at left wing. The Panthers are stacked on defense so getting Erik Gudbranson one of their back six left wingers that's young, along with a 2016 third round draft pick could help the Avalanche continue to rebuild while giving Florida another old timer to pair up across from Jagr.
With this victory Colorado clinches a playoff birth.