Game 79. Avs-Canucks. Shorthanded Goal Enough for Canucks

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Avs vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game Thoughts

If there was any hope left for the Avs to make the playoffs before the game, there no longer is after the game.

The Avs got off to a good start tonight. They came out how I expected them to play against San Jose. I saw a lot of energy and quickly got a 6-1 shot advantage against the Canucks, but tonight it was the powerplay that doomed them.
Colorado did a great job killing off a 5-3 powerplay for the Canucks halfway through the period that seemed to give them a lot of momentum, but momentum went right back to the Canucks when Chris Higgins scored on a shorthanded breakaway with less than 3 minutes left in the period.

The breakaway was a result of some sketchy stick handling by Matt Hunwick followed by his indecision about whether to go for the puck, or get back on defense. The goal took a ton of energy away from the Avs.

The rest of the game reminded me of the Avs of early in the season. They were getting chances, they were getting a lot of shots, but they couldn’t find the back of the net. I have to give a lot of credit to Cory Schneider because he played fantastic, but the Avs had 5 powerplays, plus an empty net for 1:30 at the end of the game, and just couldn’t score.

They definitely had some chances, but nothing that absolutely should have gone in. Schneider didn’t allow the Avs to score on him all year. All 85ish minutes. Vancouver is 15-0-2 against the Avs in the last 17 games, and I thought Calgary gave the Avs fits.

The bottom line this year is the Avs blew it. They had games against Phoenix and San Jose, a 2-0 lead against Vancouver, and allowed only 1 goal to Vancouver in a separate game, all down the stretch. If the Avs get even 4 points from those 4 games they probably make the playoffs, but they ended up with only 1. That truly shows that the Avs are the youngest, most inexperienced team in the league. These next 3 games will be interesting with no meaningful games for the Avs or any of their opponents left.

The Avs next game is Friday against the Calgary Flames in Alberta. The game starts at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

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