Game 72. Avs-Sabres. McGinn’s Late Goal Propells Avs to Shootout Victory

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Avs vs. Buffalo Sabres, Game Thoughts

I have missed some great games over the past few days, but I think this one tops them all.

For the first time in a while, the Avs got off to a bad start, allowing a goal less than 2 minutes into the game. One of the reasons the Avs have had so much success lately is because they have gotten off to strong starts, so it is nice to see them come from behind to win.

The first period must have been very exciting…an early goal, a shorthanded goal, and a late goal. Wow. Great to see the Avs respond to being down by one and getting the next goal. I remember a time when the Avs going down by one meant the game was over. The shorthanded goal given up by the Avs was awful, but the important thing is David Jones was able to get the momentum back by scoring in the last minute.

While the numbers were not there for Varlamov there tonight, I didn’t think any of the goals were his fault, and he continues to be strong in net for the Avs.

In the second period, it was Gabriel Landeskog who scored the goal for the Avs. From just watching the highlights and looking at the box score, it looks like he had a great game. I was really impressed with his speed up the ice at the end of the game to get the puck into Buffalo’s zone.

I was at a spring training game watching the score of the Avs game, and thought it was over when the Sabres scored early in the 3rd. I have been down that road too many times before. Slowly I watched the updates come in, 3 minutes, 1:30, 18 seconds, 1 second… and suddenly the score changed, they scored. I couldn’t believe it. As soon as I saw the game going to OT, I knew the Avs had the win. It would be tough for the Sabres to battle back after being so close to a win. Also, if the game went to a shootout Varlamov has been amazing for the Avs, and sure enough it did.

Peter Mueller scored the same way he did against Edmonton, but Varlamov was solid on all three shots and picked up the extra point. Right now the Avs are doing exactly what they have to do…winning. The next couple of games will be challenges for the Avs as they face two of the top 6 teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Avs next game is against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The game starts at 5 p.m. Mountain time.

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