The Puck Does Not Bounce the Avalanche’s Way in Edmonton

The Avalanche were in Edmonton on Tuesday night to take on the Oilers and early on in the game it looked like it was going to be a tough night for Colorado.  The Oilers jumped out to a quick two-goal lead in the first period.  The Avs fought back though and won the next two periods out scoring Edmonton 2-1.  The two first period goals seemed to be the difference maker as the Avalanche drop a tough one in Edmonton.

 

The theme of the night seemed to be how bouncy the puck was, especially when it came off of the goaltenders.  In the first period the net-minders controlled the rebounds and Semyon Varlamov let in two goals that really had no chance at being stopped.  The first Edmonton tally came from the stick of Jordan Eberle when he fooled the entire province of Alberta by making a move that looked like he was going to try for a wrap around goal.  Eberle though, stopped on a dime and came back to the short side and stuffed the puck home.

 

The second goal came on an Oiler power play.  Eric Bellanger fired a rocket from the top of the faceoff circle to Varlamov’s left which found it’s way through traffic and eventually to the back of the net.  Varlamov was partially screened on the shot by Oilers crossing back and forth in front of his crease, which resulted in the Edmonton goal.

 

Whatever coach Sacco said during the first intermission definitely had an effect on the Avalanche.  A minute into the second period Colorado pushed the puck up ice and created a prime, scoring opportunity.  After Paul Stastny dumped the puck into Colorado’s offensive zone, the puck took a crazy bounce off of the end-boards right onto Peter Mueller’s stick, resulting in the first goal for the Avalanche.

 

The puck seemed to be extra bouncy in the final two frames of the game.  Mueller’s goal was a result of an extra bouncy puck careening off of the end boards.  Now it was time for the puck to bounce in favor of the Oilers.  Taylor Hall capitalized on a rebound that Varly could not control padding Edmonton’s lead 3-1.

 

All-Star representative Gabriel Landeskog kept his 4 game point streak alive by capitalizing on yet another bouncing puck, putting home a rebound off of the Oiler goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

 

Even with the extra attacker on the ice late in the game, the Avalanche could not score the equalizing goal and dropped the contest 3-2.

 

The Avalanche, at times, looked unstoppable.  The penalty woes and some bad bounces of the puck ended up hurting the Avalanche in the long run.  Colorado now turns their focus to the Minnesota Wild at home on Thursday night.

 

3 Stars:

  1. (G) Dubnyk EDM
  2. (L) Hall EDM
  3. (L) Landeskog COL

 

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Topics: Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Eric Bellanger, Gabriel Landeskog, Jordan Eberle, Paul Stastny, Peter Mueller, Taylor Hall

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