Landeskog Goes Full-Service to Score Avs' OT Winner and Force Game 7
Loosely translated, Gabriel Landeskog's surname is Swedish for national forest.
That sorta described his actions that accounted for his overtime winner against San José in Game 6 of their Western semi-final series.
The Sharks might not've seen the forest for the trees as the Avalanche captain was everywhere in ringing up the decider in a 4-3 hitfest.
It's a visor, actually.
When the rubber met the road in OT, Landeskog was everywhere:
- The Slammin' Swede made the hit behind San José's net to gain possession of the puck,
- He made the pass to the point that set up the winning goal, and
- He's the dude who scored it.
In his era, no player mixed skill and grit at the level he did.
In Denver, Forsberg and Joe Sakic were the dynamic duo of the Avalanche's glory years.
Now, another Swedish-Canadian pairing -- Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon -- look to be leading a resurgence in Colorado's fortunes.
They and the other young guns have pushed the experienced and favored Sharks to the limit in this series:
Colorado hasn't made it past the second round since 2002, and with Game 7 being in the Shark Tank, they're long-odds of going any further this spring.
However, as a wild-card entry that knocked off Pacific Division champion Calgary, dudes are serving notice that sooner rather than later, they're gonna start making a series of deep runs.
Not the least of which because the 3-in-1 Landeskog will be doing what captains do.