Game 70. Avs-Oilers. Shootout Victory Leads to Big 2 Points

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Avs vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game Thoughts

I didn’t get to see the game today, but it looks like I missed a good game. The Avs now sit in the top 8 in the Western Conference, but it will still be an uphill battle to the playoffs.

The Oilers got the first goal of the game with under a minute left in the period when former Av Ryan Smyth was able to find a rebound and pound it past Varlamov. I’m not sure how it went in because it didn’t look like Smyth lifted the puck and Varlamov was laying on the ice, but regardless, it went in.

The Avs had a strong bounce back in the second period however, and Cody McLeod tied the game up less than 5 minutes into the period. McLeod one timed the puck past Khabibulin after fighting hard in front of the net. But the forgotten hero will be Kevin Porter. He assisted on the goal after sitting out the last 9 games. He will get no credit, but he deserves a lot more. At least for his attitude and work ethic while sitting in the press box.

Milan Hejduk used his silky soft hands to put the Avs up 2-1 later in the second. He didn’t score the goal, but he left Peter Mueller with a tap in after Hejduk used strong skating, and a Peter Forsberg like move, which Khabibulin stops, but couldn’t get Mueller’s attempt.

The Avs were less than 5 minutes away from winning when Taylor Hall made a nice play to somehow get the puck into the net. I say it was a nice play because I have no idea how this goal went in either, but I thought Hall was out of the play and he managed to score.

The OT period belonged to Semyon Varlamov. From the highlights I have seen, it looks like he made some big saves in overtime to give the Avs a chance in the shootout. And of course the Avs won the shootout. It is practically a lock with Varlamov in net. I’m pretty sure that Varlamov has not lost in a shootout as an Av. I have not seen the shootout yet, but from the box score it does not look like there was much drama.

I’m out of town for the next week, so I will not be able to watch the Avs, but I will write about what I am able to see from the games.

The Avs next game is Monday against the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center. The game begins at 7 p.m. Mountain time.


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