Game 2. Avs-Kings. Avs Quick to Beat Quick in the Third

Posted: January 22, 2013 in Avs vs. Los Angeles Kings

An early serge in the third period propelled the Avs to victory as two goals in the first 2:35 was all the Avs needed to beat the defending champs.

Semyon Varlamov stops a breakaway in the first period. Photo from nhl.com

Semyon Varlamov stops a breakaway in the first period. Photo from nhl.com


The Avs trailed by a score of 1-0 after two periods, and came out on all cylinders in the third. Gabe Landeskog tied the game just one minute into the period on a one timer after Jan Hejda’s slapshot went wide. From that moment on, the Avs were in complete control. Dustin Penner took a holding call just 27 seconds later, and the Avs capitalized again when David Jones beat Jonathan Quick over the glove. LA failed to clear the puck, and it bounced to Jones, who was able to wrist one into the net from the slot.

The Avs were not done, but this time it was PA Parenteau who scored on a very similar play to Landeskog’s goal. Ryan Wilson shot the puck wide, Erik Johnson made a great play from behind the net, to get the puck in front for Parenteau to smack home. Just by watching his reaction, you would have guess PA just scored the Stanley Cup winner, as he ran/skated away from the goal with a smile a mile wide. That goal all by sealed the Avs first win of the season. It was also the first time the Kings lost a game in regulation after leading going into the third, since April 2, 2009.

It wasn’t all smiles and celebrations for the Avs, who were outplayed in the first period. In the exact opposite of the Wild game on Saturday, the Avs came out slow and finished strong. The Kings controlled the play for the majority of the first period, but Semyon Varlamov was strong, and kept the Avs in the game. However, the Kings struck first with a goal off of a rebound late in the 1st. It was Kyle Clifford who found the puck after a bad decision by Tyson Barrie led to the 2-1.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


Momentum started to swing in the Avs favor when they had a 1:29 of a 5-3 powerplay late in the 2nd period. The Avs seemed insistent on giving the puck to Landeskog during the 5-3, and he was unable to find the back of the net. After the Kings killed the penalty, Avs fans everywhere were probably thinking the same thing…well, they’re not winning tonight. Quick was having a good game, and the Avs really hadn’t mustard any great scoring chances up to that point…but the Avs of 2013 had different plans.

There were still a number of concerns that I saw from the Avs tonight. They still took 6 penalties, but they did kill all of the powerplays. Maybe even more troublesome was that they allowed 2 complete breakaways, one at even strength, and one shorthanded. That can’t happen, but Varlamov stoned both Kings’ attempts. Also, Steve Downie left the game with a knee injury and did not return, which can’t be good (despite his poor game on Saturday). Hopefully it’s not too serious.

Here are my calls of the Avs’ goals:



The Avs pick up 2 key points, and will fact Columbus on Thursday at the Pepsi Center (Which I will be going to). The game starts at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

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Comments
  1. Jon says:

    Wow…that audio………..wow……………

  2. Advenstor says:

    I think that Varly was the real star of the game; avs seemed llike they were skating in slush for the first 1.5 periods; Kings looked faster than the avs

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