Game 13. Avs-Stars. Duchene excells at LW.

Posted: November 5, 2011 in Avs vs. Dallas Stars, Game Thoughts

What a crazy game! I don’t even know where to start. That was unreal, but to be honest, there is no reason why the Avs should have lost that game. It is good that they at least got a point out of it, but anytime you score 6 goals, you need to win the game.

What a game by the Avs offense. Obviously everyone has the love the Duchene hat trick, but there was so much more than that. I loved that the Avs jumped out to a 2-0 lead. I’m not positive, but I think the only other time they have done that is against Ottawa. Of course, that lead didn’t really last long because the Stars went and scored 4 goals in a row.

But honestly, what I loved the most was that after the Stars 4 goals, the Avs came back and scored 3 goals in the next 5 minutes. That was a great rebound, when they had every reason to give up. After letting in four goals, and giving up the 2-0 lead, I surely thought the Avs had no chance, because they really had not won a game coming back from behind like that this year. And even after Dallas tied it up at 5, the Avs came back and scored again in only two and a half minutes. I loved everything about this game from an offensive standpoint.

But now onto the defense. There is no reason to lose this game, and the players behind the blue line are to blame. Personally I start with Varlamov.

To start, he hit the first goal into his own net. That has to be an easy save, and surely it cannot find its way behind him. Nothing he could do on the second goal, or third, those are just good shots with a lot of bodies in front that found the right area. I guess you can’t blame the fourth on him either, but with only 1 star in front of him, and a shot from the blue line, that is still a very stoppable puck. I thought he was out too far on the fifth goal, a little unlucky break with the bounce off the post, but that puck needs to be stopped. Six was an awful play by Stastny, he tried to get cute with a no look between the legs pass. Bottom line is Dallas never even should have had the puck in the first place. Then the OT goal, Varly was way out of position, and while he did get bumped by Hejda, it was not as bad as Varly made it look. And even though the puck went in off of EJ, I can’t blame him, he was actually playing the dangerous Jamie Benn quite well until he fell.

I thought EJ had a decent game, and looking at the box score, being a plus 1 when your team allows 7 goals is pretty tough. Of course it was not just Varly who lost the game for the Avs, it was a total defensive effort, but in any game, the goalie has to stop more than 22/29 shots. Bottom line. But I suppose one point is better than none. The Avs currently sit in fifth place in the west, but with everyone being so close, they could easily drop to ninth today.

As for the Avs, their next game is Sunday against Calgary at Pepsi Center. The game starts at 6 p.m. Mountain time.

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