Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I fell into the trap once again as the Avalanche were up 2-0 and had me believing they would fight there way to an unexpected victory. Of course they did not as Vancouver battled back and turned the Avalanche into their latest victim on their quest to the Presidents trophy.
I turned on the game around 10:09, eastern time, and by then I was already expecting to see that Vancouver had scored a goal.This is what I was expecting from the Avalanche, losers of 18 of 19 going into the game. Instead Erik Johnson was the first tally of the game as he scored on the PP eleven minutes in. Then only about 90 seconds later Matt Duchene has the puck on an odd man rush and when he goes to pass it it hits off a Vancouver skate and into the net for a 2-0 Avalanche lead. As the Avalanche went into the intermission with shocked smiles the Canucks went in with anger and frustration and they let it out in the second period.
If one was to just casually watch the second period of last nights game and not put on full attention they would probably guess the Avalanche where out shot 25-2. Realistically it wasn’t much better for the Avalanche as they were out-shot in the period 16-5 but all was not lost since Vancouver only scored one goal the Avalanche still had the lead. Unfortunately they didn’t have the momentum.
The third period saw an onslaught of shot with both teams putting 16 shots on net in the final frame. The difference was the ability of the Canucks to cash in on their chances while the Avs could never seem to get that third goal. The Canucks first tally of the 3rd game nine minutes in when Alexandre Burrows scired to knot it up and then two minutes later Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks their first lead of the game. Sedin later sealed the deal with an empty net goal sending the Avalanche away with another loss.
- The Avalanche have now lost 19 of their last 20, which means in their last 20 games they have won 5% and lost 95% of the time.
- Their were only 2 penalties called the entire game, one for each team.
- 13 Avalanche skaters were a minus on the night and the other 5 finished at even (Liles, Johnson, Foote, Winnik, and Olver).
- The Phillipe Dupuis under 10 minutes per game counter is now at 6 of last 8 and in the two he was over he was at 10:54 and 11:05.
- Erik Johnson now has 6 points in 11 games with the Avs. I think I like that trade more and more each day.
- Matt Hunwick only played a little over 8 minutes and much of that was on the wing, which they tried with Cumiskey in the past.
- Both Liles and Paul Stastny were in the Avalanche lineup but Milan Hejduk was a scratch again.
Next Game: The Avs have a St. Patty’s day matchup with another NW Division rival, the Calgary Flames.