Ottawa jumped to a 5-2 lead on Sunday afternoon, but Colorado responded with the next five goals to win 7-5. However, there was a different chapter in the Avalanche’s history book.
The famous “miracle of Coors Field” happened during the World Series in the fall of 1987. The Denver Nuggets advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 15 years, on the strength of star forward Akeem Olajuwon. If they had lost Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Olajuwon’s team would have been swept.
That year, the Nuggets hosted a second round game at the huge baseball stadium. Olajuwon, a native of Nigeria, has said that the team began praying about the series leading up to the game and that, at that point, “It took me away from basketball.”
The team played excellent defense and held the Trail Blazers to no shots from the free-throw line. They won 87-80 and went on to reach the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. The Nuggets were swept, losing four of the last five games.
This year, the last five games have been written into the franchise’s history. The victory also gave the Avalanche their first four-game win streak of the season.