Let’s see what we have here: two days, two games, ten goals against, four goals for, and two losses. That is right on par with what should be expected from a team who has loss 18 of 19 games. The Avalanche fought in this one and played like they deserved to be there but in the end it’s another loss for the bottomless Avalanche crew.
The Avalanche put a lot of pressure on the Predators but they just could not convert. By the end of the period the Avalanche had put fourteen shots on net but Pekka Rinne stopped them all. Nashville also game to play and they were able to get twelve shots on net and unfortunately for the Avalanche Peter Budaj was unable to match Rinne. Shea Weber and Matt Halischuk scored for Nashville to go into the first intermission up 2-0.
Of late the Avalanche would’ve looked at the score board during intermission and instead of finishing the game they would just go through the motions, not tonight. The Avalanche started the second with the same intensity as they did in the first and even out shot the Predators sixteen to eight. Once again Rinne was strong and even though the Avalanche were able to score two goals the second came after Nashville made it 3-1.
The 3rd period was rather uneventful and the Avalanche were never able to completely close the gap to tie the game. Nashville’s Martin Erat added an ENG with two seconds left to seal the deal and give the Predators the 4-2 victory. The Avalanche wound up out shooting the Predators 38-29 but Pekka Rinne was just too good and the Avs misery goes on.
- Both Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk were scratches after there injuries in yesterdays contest vs the Ducks.
- John-Michael Liles missed his 2nd straight game.
- To fill in for Stastny and Hejduk the Avalanche recalled Mark Olver and David Van der Gulik. VdG had an assist and was +1 in the game.
- I will continue to post this till a change: Phillipe Dupuis had under 8 minutes tonight!
- Ryan O’Reilly scored the Av’s first goal. It was his 3rd goal in March, second in two games, and 3rd in four games. He had 2 points (1goal 1 assit) in January and February.
- Daniel Winnik‘s second period goal was his first goal in march and first since 2/14. He had one goal in November, December, January, and February will March be fifth consecutive month with one goal or will he get a second?
- With the leaders out Matt Duchene showed some leadership of his own tonight with 4 SOG.
- Peter Budaj is now 0-3 since he recorded his 99th victory.
Next Game: The Avalanche are off till Wednesday where they will play in Vancouver then in Calgary the day after that. Can you say 20 out of 21?