Game 80. Avs-Flames. Varlamov, Landeskog Carry Avs to Victory

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Avs vs. Calgary Flames, Game Thoughts

It is probably too little too late, but the Avs can feel a little better about themselves after beating the Flames 4-1 on their final road game of the season.

Colorado got off to a perfect start tonight, showing a lot of energy and generating some good chances. Those chances were quickly rewarded when “Mark Olver” scored 3:21 into the first period. Jay Bouwmeester actually scored on his own goal, but after all the complete domination the Flames had over the Avs for a long time, they deserve a lucky break.

The shots kept coming, and just under halfway through the period, Erik Johnson made a great play with the puck circling behind Calgary’s net, bringing it back out to the point, and then got the puck to the net where David Jones was able to tip it past Kiprusoff. The Avs took thier foot off of the gas a little after this goal, but Varlamov was very solid in net to maintain the two goal lead.

At 8:29 of the second period, Milan Hejduk slapped one past Kiprusoff’s blocker making it 3-0. The Avs put their game on cruise control. The Flames however, did not. But once again Semyon Varlamov was SOLID in net, and kept the Flames off of the board.

You have to give Calgary a lot of credit for continuing to kick back. They easily could have called it a night and just make sure the score didn’t get out of hand, but they kept constant pressure on the Avs for most of the game.

The third period was all defense for the Avs. They were making sure that Calgary didn’t get any momentum, and they did a good job. In fact, the Avs probably took more momentum away from Calgary by having Varlamov frustrate them constantly.

The Flames ultimately ended Varlamov’s shutout with 38 seconds left in the game when Jarome Iginla buried one in the top left corner on a 6-4 powerplay. Disappointing to see Varlamov not rewarded with a shutout (especially for my fantasy squad) but it was a good shot.

The Flames kept Kiprusoff on the bench and five seconds later, Peter Mueller scored a backhanded empty netter.

All in all, it was good to see the Avs win, but with LA winning, and the Avs having only 2 games left…it is a meaningless 2 points.

The Avs next game is Thursday against the Blue Jackets at Pepsi Center. The game begins at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

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