Also, im not really a game recap guy, ill do my best, but im more of a i got a topic im happy or upset about that i want to talk about. But im here to help out Stephen by taking some of the work load off of his shoulders, so ill do my best.
After what has been some terrible home ice advantage for the Avalanche, they finally got a spark they needed to get going in a game, which resulted in some much needed scoring at home.
The Avs played an Ok first period which got them tied at 1, a terrible 2nd period in which Edmonton got the 2-1 lead and a Fantastic 3rd period in which the Avs came out on top in a 5-2 win.
The Oilers got the first goal of the game from Ladislav Smid, who hasnt had a goal in 125 games. Then the Avs quickly got back on the board from a goal by Jay McClement which was set up by a breakaway attempt by Chuck Kobasew, who had a great game finally and tallied 2 assist’s in the game.
The second Period only saw one goal, scored by Ryan Jones of the Oilers. The Avs didn’t show any jump at all.
The Third was the story of the game, as for some reason the Avs either play really well the first 30 minutes of the game or the last 30. Let be thankful that they decided to show up in the third. With the Avs on their 2nd powerplay of the period, The Avs defense decided that it was time for them to show some sparks of brillance when Shane O’brien got his first goal as an Av, from a beauty set up and hard nosed effort by Ryan O’reilly to set him up. Then 2 minutes later the Avs win a nice face off draw which ends up on Rookie defenseman Stephen Elliot, who walked the line and found a slot to shoot and score his first goal of his career in his first NHL game. Elliots goal is also the Game winner. The Avs Added another goal from another defenseman, Jan Hejda to make it a 4-2 game. Paul Stastny added an Empty netter to seal the win for the Avs, and their first divisional win in 8 games.(3 losses to calgary, 2 losses to Edmonton, and 1 loss each to Vancouver and Minnesota).
So hopefully the Avs realized that shots from the blueline are important and having a puck moving defenseman really helps.
The Avs play Dallas for the 3rd time this season, Avs are 1-0-1 against them in 2 of 4 games so far, and superstar goaltender Kari Lethonen has been hurt in his last game against the Phoenix Coyotes who ended up shuting out the stars 3-0.
Avs are 2-2-0 on their 8 game homestand right now, with 4 more games to play against the Stars, Devils, Blues and the Red Wings. And hopefully they can continue to start winning at home to get past their current 4-8-0 record at the Pepsi Center.
Avs have a record of 10-12-1 with 21 points in the Western Conference.
Well i hope this was decent. LOL.
Have a good one.
Marc Parsons– Twitter-@mercus24