Game 82. Avs-Predators. Avs End Season on a Sour Note

Posted: April 7, 2012 in Avs vs. Nashville Predators, Game Thoughts

I thought it was going to be tough for the Avs to come out and have play strong after fighting hard down the stretch only to come up short. That combined with this being the last game of the season had all the makings of a blowout, and that is exactly what happened.

I did not get a chance to watch the game, but after seeing the score it is tough to say I wish I would have watched. Nashville got the scoring started three minutes into the game when David Legwand beat Giguere, glove side. Not much of a surprise, because Giguere is 100% positioning, and as long as the shot is not at a spot he already occupies and it on net, it’s going in.

I give the Avs some credit for bouncing back though. Matt Duchene scooped up a juicy rebound and knocked it in. Duchene had a very rough season, but at least he can go out on a high note. It was an easy goal because Nashville goalie Anders Lindback didn’t know where the puck was, but it was a solid play from the whole team to get the puck into the net. Unfortunately for the Avs, it was all downhill from there.

The Preds scored five unanswered goals. From what I’ve seen, most of them were soft. After Nashville scored with a second left in the first period to make it 3-1, I would imagine the Avs called it a night. It was a meaningless game, their hopes had just been deflated, and the motion of a slapshot could affect their golf swings tomorrow. If the Avs wouldn’t have gave away their jerseys at the end of the game, I’m pretty sure the final horn would have sounded into an empty Pepsi Center.

The offseason will be filled with a lot of questions and excitement for Avs fans. What kind of contracts will Duchene and O’Reilly get? How much will Erik Johnson get? How much cap room will Colorado have after resigning most of their free agents? Will players like Jay McClement and Cody McLeod be wearing an Avs sweater next fall? Will the Avs make a run at a big free agent this summer, someone like Zach Parise, Alex Semin, or Ryan Suter? And lastly, has Milan Hejduk played his final game in the NHL? All of these questions, and many more will be answered in the coming months. It will be very interesting to see what direction the Avs go this summer.

I will hopefully keep the blog updated over the summer about all of the Avs signing, trades, draft picks etc. It will be an exciting time for Avs fans. Now begins the stretch of 6 months without Avs hockey, but the 2012 playoffs will be fun for hockey fans everywhere.

Thanks for reading this year, and I hope you continue to check in for Avs info over the summer, but definitely with the start of what should be a thrilling Avalanche season starting in October.

  1. Advenstor says:

    hey how come no words on the cup playoffs

    • ppajak says:

      Ha. You sound like my dad. Heck, maybe you are my dad… but in reality there are a couple of reasons why: The biggest being that the Avs are not in the playoffs. But also because after the whole Avs season and school finishing up, I just wanted to relax and not have any obligations or commitments to write and not fulfill them. But once the offseason begins and the Avs start making some decisions, I will be writing about them.

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