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Quick Hits: Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks

Final Score: Colorado Avalanche – 2 Anaheim Ducks – 3 (OT)

*This game ended up being meaningless thanks to the St. Louis Blues loss to the Detroit Red Wings earlier in the day. The Avalanche had already clinched the Central Division and the Ducks had already clinched the West.

*Jean-Sebastien Giguere ended up getting the start since nothing was on the line and Jiggy spent the prime of his career with the Ducks. Semyon Varlamov was scheduled to start.

*It really felt like the Avs went through the motions in this game, especially when they went up 2-0. They stopped skating in the third period and allowed the Ducks back in the game before losing in overtime.

*It seemed obvious that both teams were playing not to get hurt. Unfortunately for the Avs, Jan Hejda left the game with a hand injury. Based on reports, taking him out of the game was more precautionary than anything. If the game meant something, Hejda would’ve played. But with everything settled, the Avs didn’t want to risk things.

*With Hejda out, Ryan Wilson moved back to defense.

*Ryan Wilson is still really bad on defense.

*Brad Malone continues to be a valuable 4th line player. He picked up a hard working goal in this game and is someone to keep an eye on in the playoffs.

*Max Talbot picked up an assist to finish with 7 goals, 18 assists, and 25 points for the Avs. Steve Downie finished with 3 goals, 14 assists, and 17 points for the Flyers. Still think the Avs were robbed in that deal? 

*Stefan Elliott scored a goal and looked comfortable out there. Once again, I think he can be just as good as Tyson Barrie if he’s given the chance and he plays with confidence. Defensemen with offensive instincts thrive in Patrick Roy’s system and Elliott definitely has offensive instincts.

*Giguere played really well in this game. The only disappointing thing for the Avs is that they weren’t able to get him the victory.

*This game was all about Teemu Selanne, who played his final regular season game. They had a bunch of tributes, the fans cheered him on every shift, and he got to wear the “C”. At the end of the game, he and Giguere had a touching moment as they skated around with their arms up, hands linked, to a huge ovation.

*Selanne is a great hockey player and one of the best all-time, but it’s funny how people just overlook the year he spent with the Avalanche. He had 32 points in 78 games and completely mailed in the season despite playing on a line with Paul Kariya and Joe Sakic. Everyone else glosses over that year when talking about Teemu, but it’s something Avs fans will likely never forget.

*The Avs finish the season 1st in Central, 2nd in the West, and 3rd in the NHL. Not bad.

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