Last night the Colorado Avalanche extended their win streak to four games demolishing the Ducks, 4-1. Aside from an onslaught on the offensive side of the game, the Avs held the Ducks to only one goal in game. All aspects of the game were on display at Pepsi Center as Colorado closed out the month of February with their sites clearly set on the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Avalanche looked phenomenal last night at both ends of the ice. They created some odd-man rushes, played some pretty stout defense and finished off yet another team. The Avalanche team that was on the ice last night looked primed for playoff hockey.
Since the arrival of Steve Downie, the Avalanche have had a rejuvenated sense of play, both physically and offensively. Downie is famous for bringing that upbeat kind of tempo to any team he is on. Fans of Downie will be the first to boast that Downie played frequently on a line with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis while in Tampa. On a line with O’Reilly and Landeskog, Downie knows how to score and is showing it in Denver.
Another Avalanche player that has really stepped up his game lately is goalie Semyon Varlamov. Valry has only allowed 5 goals in this 4-game winning streak. After taking a barrage of third-period shots in Detroit, Varlamov stood tall and helped the Avs come out of Joe Louis with a hard fought victory. Last night, Varlamov held the Ducks to one goal and kept his team in the game heading into the third all knotted at one. Then it was time to buy insurance as Colorado scored three more goals to help their hardworking goaltender out, clearly taking the weight off of Varly’s shoulders.
The Avalanche now look ahead to March, which will be a bear of a month for the Avalanche. Colorado only has one; two-day break between games and that comes at the midway point of the month. March will be a true test to see whether or not the Avalanche are playoff ready. With the final spot in the West wide-open, Colorado now controls their destiny. If the Avs can get on a run and truly harness some momentum, the Avalanche may not be only looking at the eighth spot. Colorado could very well end up with a spot as high as sixth.
As of the standings right now, the Avalanche are in ninth place with 70 points. The Blackhawks sit in sixth with 73 points. The month of March proves to be a very integral month for teams vying for a playoff spot. For the spectators, March is going to show-off the best month of hockey to date.
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