Losing Is One Thing…


(Photo from AP)

What an absolute embarrassment! I have been an Avalanche fan since their move to Colorado and never in my life have I been so ashamed of this team, and yes this includes the whole 08-09 season.The game started like every other Avalanche game seems to start of late. There was not much going on and the Avalanche even led in shots after the first but of course they go into the first intermission down 1-0. They also lost John-Michael Liles to injury and he did not return.

The second period actually looked like it was going to be big for the Avalanche until the real Avalanche showed up. Kevin Porter scored almost sevin minutes into the 2nd but the goal was not counted until ten minutes in when there was finally a stoppage and his goal was ruled a good goal (it went off the camera inside the goal and from the naked eye looked like it may of hit of a post initially). Then about nine minutes later something us Avalanche fans aren’t used to seeing anymore as Paul Stastny scored a PPG to give the Avs the LEAD! But of course this was all short lived as ex-Av Andrew Brunette converted on a PPG of his own and knotted the score at 2-2 going into the 2nd intermission.

The 3rd period is what led to me becoming enraged and I’m honestly surprised I’m not boycotting the rest of this season. Eleven minutes into the 3rd period Minnesota scored to give the Wild a 3-2 lead but this just had me nervous for the Avalanche not nearly angered. Then about 3 and a half minutes later Martin Havlat skates behind the Avalanche net, where the Avalanche were abysmal all game long, and gets hooked by Milan Hejduk and then it happened. Hejduk dropped his arms in frustration and gave up on the play and all of the other Avs who were all expecting one another to touch the puck also let up and Minnesota scored. These were by far the worst series of events I have ever seen from the Avalanche. Hejduk giving up on the play is something I have never seen and to me this just magnifies how much these guys have given up on Sacco. When only down by one a penalty call leads to the entire team thinking the game is out of reach. I honestly still can’t believe it happened.

Notes:

  • Phillipe Dupuis with another game under 10 minutes. When Hejduk is giving up guys like him deserve some more playing time.
  • David Koci had under 3 minutes playing time so I still don’t get the point of suiting him up. Call someone up to play some more valuable time.
  • John-Michael Liles injury is being called a leg injury.
  • Matt Duchene notched his 50th point on the season but has only 14 SOG over his last 12 games.
  • The Avalanche now sit in the 3rd draft position with last nights loss.
  • In his return from injury Ryan O’Byrne was a -1 with over 24 minutes of ice time.

Goals:

Next Game: Friday March 11th Avalanche host the Ducks…how exciting!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/mattiemcfly MattieMcFly

    I missed this game, I didn’t realize it was going to start as soon as it did. But that sounds absolutely horrible. I have always been proud of this team, and proud to be an Avalanche fan. I still am. But lately people have been doing the whole giggling and then saying “I’m sorry” when I tell them my favorite team. What does Sacco do as a coach? I honestly think a cardboard cut out could do his job and get better results. I am hoping that by the Avs lack of trading at the deadline, other than swapping an ingrate for a horrible goalie and trading away two of my favorite players that they are confident in the talent in front of the bench and going to address problems behind the bench at the end of the season. Although unfortunately if you’re a fan of this team that is 6 months too late. The Avs are better than this team has shown this year, The fans know it, the Players know it.

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