With the season nearing a close the Avalanche now have themselves hanging onto the ledge nearing the official underlining to their worst season in franchise history. There are many reasons this has been the worst Avalanche season to date but unless the Avalanche can win their last two games, bringing their point total to 70, this will wind up being the fewest points they have ever earned in a single season.To get to this desperate time in the season the Avalanche had to first lose game 80 and they did so in a very similar fashion to the last 28 losses they have racked up since January 20th (they have won 5 since that date).
With the Ranger game on during the beginning of the Avalanche game I will admit my attention was not on seeing if the Avalanche could get their 67th and 68th points, only because my friends misery often is more enjoyable than my own pain. So sad to say I missed the first period and was unable to witness the Avs start of losing 2-0.
The whole game in my opinion was very boring I guess I’ve just had it and I want the offseason festivities such as the draft and free agency to get underway. The second period at least gave us something we haven’t seen in, literally, months, a Brandon Yip goal. Yip’s goal sent the Avs into the 2nd intermission down 2-1 with time running out for the Avalanche to close the point on the 08-09 season.
The third period, although still not very exciting, wound up being more eventful and this did not turn out in the Avs favor. The game wound up seeing 6 goals and powerplays each and half of both occurred in the final frame. Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards scored for Dallas with Mark Olver netting a goal sandwiched between the Dallas wing and center.
FINAL: Colorado 2 Dallas 4
- With Matt Duchene’s 2 assist he now has 16 points in 17 games through March and April
- The Avalanche went primarily with 3 Centers: Duchene, O’Reilly, and McClement
- Ryan O’Byrne’s 3 minor penalties marked only the second time in his career he has had more than 2 minor penalties in a single game.
- Only 3 Avalanche skaters had more than 20 minutes of ice time.
- Mark Olver who is listed, but likely much less, at 5’10” led the Avs in hits.
- Tom Wandell
- Loui Eriksson
- Brandon Yip
- Brenden Morrow (PPG)
- Mark Olver
- Brad Richards
Next Game: The Avalanche return home tonight this time to host Dallas.