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NHL - US Sports: Manson gets Avalanche reward

Captain Gabriel Landeskog was pleased to see defenceman Josh Manson with the winning goal in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues.

The Avalanche, 7/4 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22 and 1/8 to progress past the Blues, acquired Manson from the Anaheim Ducks on 14th March to add sturdiness to their defence ahead of the playoffs.

Overtime winner for Manson

Manson scored the overtime goal to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win to seal a perfect start to the series.

Averaging 17.24 minutes of ice time over 22 regular season games, the 30-year-old scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 22 games.

In the playoffs, his ice time has increased to 19.04 minutes, contributing three points (one goal, two assists).

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Unlikely hero steps up

The unlikely hero for Colorado, Manson scored on the Avalanche's 54th shot to claim the series lead, a moment in the headlines that Captain Landeskog believes the rugged 6'3" blue-liner deserves.

29-year-old Landeskog is participating in his sixth playoff campaign with the Avalanche and has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the five games which included a four-game sweep of the Nashville Predators in Round One. 

In the regular season, the Swede had 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 games helping Colorado win the Central Division with a 56-19-7 record.

Landeskog said about Munson: "I mean, he has been huge for us. He's big on the penalty kill, he's a physical presence back there, he's a calming presence in the room. Just a really good teammate, and you can't get enough of those."

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