DENVER — If the St. Louis Blues made a statement in their season-opening win Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche replied Friday, with a couple of exclamation points.
If the Blues said: We’re still here.
The Avalanche countered with: So are we.
Of course, just two games into a 56-game regular-season schedule, it’s impossible to make firm conclusions of any kind. If anything, Friday’s 8-0 loss by the Blues to Stan Kroenke’s Avalanche showed that these are two good teams that will go after each other all season.
They will see each other six more times in the regular season, but just twice more here at Ball Arena.
After a 4-1 loss to the Blues on Wednesday, the Avalanche called it a wakeup call.
So guess what new Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly called it after his team lost by a touchdown plus a two-point conversion?
“It’s a wakeup call for us,” he said.
Hockey can be a humbling game.
“We embarrassed ourselves tonight,” O’Reilly continued. “That was very disappointing. The thing is, we came into the game and you could tell we just didn’t have the detail in. The little things steamrolled into big things.”