The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators play two games as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Friday and Saturday. Avalanche rookie forward Alexander Kerfoot, who scored a goal in the 4-3 overtime loss against the Senators on Friday, agreed to be a guest blogger for NHL.com to write about his experience in Stockholm.
Here is Kerfoot's blog entry on the first game of the Global Series:
STOCKHOLM -- Hey guys. What an atmosphere that was inside the Ericsson Globe on Friday. I mean, walking out onto the ice and hearing them announce Erik Karlsson and Gabriel Landeskog as starters, then the ovation they gave Peter Forsberg -- that was pretty cool. The building was loud, the fans were engaged and it was definitely an experience I won't soon forget.
Thank you to all of the Colorado Avalanche fans who made the trip here, the NHL for spearheading the initiative and everyone else at the rink who made it so special.
Obviously, it was unfortunate that we didn't get the win in the first game here. Anything can happen when games head into overtime, but I thought it was a fast-paced, exciting game to both watch and be a part of so I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Video: Global Series: Kerfoot redirects goal from the slot
There has been so much buzz surrounding these games and we have all been trying to soak in as much as we can, but when we get to the rink it is all business. Every game in the NHL is so important because of the parity in the League right now and these games are no different. The standings fluctuate daily and as a young team with a lot to prove we know that we can't take any nights off.
Because of that I am going to have to keep this entry a little shorter so that I can get my focus and continue my recovery process for the game Saturday.
Our strength and conditioning and medical staff both do a great job preparing us for back-to-back games. With the short turnaround they had liquids and shakes ready for us and they made sure we foam rolled, stretched and jumped in the ice tub before we left the rink after the game.
Before I went to bed last night I was able to grab a meal with my parents. It isn't exactly a short flight from Vancouver but they wanted to experience the Global Series as they are both fans of the NHL as well. I am extremely lucky to have such supportive parents and it is great to be able to spend time with them whenever they are able to make it out to my games.
Three out of a possible four points would be a great result for us in Sweden but we have a lot of work to do.
Thank you all for reading!