Last night the Colorado Avalanche went into Columbus and came away with a 5-0 win over the hobbled Blue Jackets. The Avs knew going into the game that they were the heavy favorites but tried not to let that take over their minds.
Both clubs played the first period looking like they were afraid to make any mistakes. That all changed with two minutes to go in the first. With a flurry of excitement in front of Varlamov, Columbus could not capitalize on their scoring chances. David Jones and the Avalanche did capitalize though, creating a picture perfect two-on-one with Jones finishing off the odd-man rush giving the Avs the first goal of the game with only seconds left until the first intermission.
Jones went on to have a multi-goal game and ended up with three points on the night. Mark Olver got another goal in the game giving him four points in his four games after being called up. Gabriel Landeskog scored his 16th of the season while Steve Downie and Matt Hunwick each got their first goal as an Avalanche. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov picked up his third shutout of the season looking poised and primed for the test he will face tonight in Detroit.
1) (R) Jones COL
2) (R) Downie COL
3) (L) Landeskog COL
Tonight Colorado heads to the “Motor City” to tangle with the arch rival Red Wings. The Avalanche need to bring all they have to compete tonight in Motown. The Wings are reeling from the current loss to Vancouver, which snapped their 23-game home winning streak. With that in their minds along with the hatred for the Avs, Colorado must be ready for an all out war tonight.
With Detroit battling for the top spot in the Western Conference, both teams have a reason for taking the ice tonight. The Avalanche are still within two points of the final spot in the West and would love to knock off a powerhouse like the Red Wings. In the previous two games against Vancouver, who sits atop the West for now, Colorado has held their own. Tonight the Avs look to flex their muscle and steal a win against the Wings.
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