Game 77. Avs-Canucks. Avs Pick Up Point, but Blow 2-0 Lead

Posted: March 24, 2012 in Avs vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game Thoughts

The quicker I write this one tonight, the better, because it is hard to swallow. The Avs did manage to get a point but lost ground on most of the playoff contenders.

I didn’t get to watch all of the first period, but it looks like the Avs had a great period. Just over a minute into the game Landeskog knocked one in on the powerplay to take the early need. Exactly what the Avs needed against such a good team. But a terrible penalty by the Canucks to take a too many men penalty on the first line change of the game.

Then the Avs kill off a 5-3 powerplay for the Canucks. That has to be a huge momentum swing toward the Avs for killing off over a minute of a two man advantage. All and all, I couldn’t have asked for a better period from Colorado.

And then halfway through the second period, Semyon Varlamov makes the play of the game when he makes a tremendous pass from his crease to the Canucks blue line right to Paul Stastny who quickly got it to Jamie McGinn who beat Luongo stick side for a 2-0 lead.

I think the Avs relaxed after the goal and Vancouver never let them get their edge back. Six minutes later, Mason Raymond scored a powerplay goal over Varlamov’s glove and you could just feel it coming. The Canucks were turning it on and the Avs were sitting on the side of the road with their hood up and steam coming out.

Two minutes later, Chris Higgins got the puck in the slot, skated left, shot right, and beat Varlamov over the glove again. The tie game awoke the Avs, but Roberto Luongo is too good for a team to blow a 2-0 lead against him.

The Avs actually did a good job getting back in the game by not letting Vancouver get another goal. There was a lot of sitting back in the third period, they had chances of their own but Luongo was solid.

Overtime was a disaster. The Avs looked as comfortable on the ice as two strangers in a long elevator ride. Tyson Barrie made a TERRIBLE play by letting Jannik Hansen push him off the puck in his own zone with the force of a 10th grader. Hansen quickly got the puck to Higgins who one timed it past Varlamov for the win. Terrible play, terrible loss, terrible night for the Avs.

Other notes:

-Duchene looked better and worse. He had A TON of chances, but was not even close to scoring.

-Luongo had a great game for the Canucks

-Peter Mueller a healthy scratch for Chuck Kobasew? You can do that in November, but not with 6 games left fighting for a playoff spot.

-Three point game for SJ/PHX so the Avs lose ground on SJ and don’t gain any on PHX. Just awful. The Stars also won and the only good thing that happened for the Avs was a Kings loss to Boston.

-The Avs have an essential win or you’re not making the playoffs on Monday. They have to get it done.

The Avs next game is Monday against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time.

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