“This is like deja vu all over again.” The words of the great Yogi Berra echoed in my head on and on as I watch the Avs game unfold last night. Without Ales Hemsky, Taylor Hall, Theo Peckham, and the recently traded Dustin Penner the Edmonton Oilers were able to keep up the intensity and embarrassed the Avalanche at home last night. The Oilers owned the 1st Period and used powerplay goals by Sam Gagner and Ryan Jones to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Avalanche then came out strong in the 2nd period overloading Edmonton with 20 shots to their 8 but in the end Edmonton won the period 2-1 taking a 4-1 lead into the 3rd. The Avs had 30 seconds remaining on a powerplay to start the 3rd and that was probably their last chance to really make it a game. Instead with a second left on the powerplay Andrew Cogliano scored a shorthanded goal to put the icing on the cake at 5-1. Neither team scored the rest of the way and here we end up with the same brutal score as last game, Edmonton wins 5-1. After this performance I would be shocked if Joe Sacco was kept around for next season.
- Cameron Gaunce was the loan healthy scratch for the Avs as Ryan O’Byrne is still allowing his 100 stitches to heal and Ryan Stoa will likely miss the remainder of the season after having an appendectomy.
- Adrian Dater reported yesterday afternoon, which many of us have expected, Peter Mueller has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
- Ryan O’Reilly scored the Avs lone goal. It was his first goal since January 4th and only his 3rd point of the new year.
- For some reason Phillipe Dupuis played under 10 minutes, again, obviously Sacco can really tell who wants to be out there win or lose.
- John-Michael Liles set his career high in assist in a season with 36.
- Peter Budaj came into the game for Brian Elliot at around the halfway point and allowed only one goal, the shorthanded goal early in the 3rd period.
- In his return from injury, Adam Foote was the only Avs player to record a positive +/- (+1).
- Sam Gagner (PPG)
- Ryan Jones (PPG)
- Shawn Horcoff
- Alexandre Giroux
- Ryan O’Reilly
- Andrew Cogliano (SHG)
Next Game: Avalanche travel to Minnesota to take on the Adjectives (Wild) on Tuesday.