Game 3. Avs-Blue Jackets. Complete team game leads to Avs victory

Posted: January 25, 2013 in Avs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Semyon Varlamov stopped all 33 shots and Matt Duchene added 3 points to carry the Avs to an easy victory over the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Duchene moments away from scoring his second goal of the game

Duchene moments away from scoring his second goal of the game

The Avs pounced quickly, less than a minute into the game, and on the first shift Duchene found PA Parenteau who wristed one past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Was wasn’t a great goal by any means, as Bobrovsky was slow moving from left to right, but it got the job done none the less. Duchene wasn’t done though, and found a juicy rebound later in the first, for the Avs second goal of the game.
The game was won in the second period however, when the Avs were able to kill off 3 Blue Jacket powerplays. That certainly took the air out of Columbus’ lungs. I think the Blue Jacket fan who was sitting next to me said it perfectly when he told his friend, “Their goalie is pretty good, he doesn’t let the puck past him.” Varlamov has been great the past two games, and had certainly picked up right where he left off in the KHL.

How about John Mitchell folks? He takes a puck to the face, returns to the game later in the period, and then scores a beautiful goal in the third…he’s making a lot of people forget about Jay McClement. He has looked very good in his first three games with the Avs, and while I can’t imagine this offensive pace keeps up, his defense has been strong too. And finally Duchene added another goal late in the third to give the fans one more thing to cheer about. Overall an excellent game from the whole team.

This would have been amazing if it wasn't as blurry.

This would have been amazing if it wasn’t as blurry.

Other notes:

I don’t have one player to complain about. I thought everyone on the ice had a solid game. My one complain in the Avs powerplay. They couldn’t really get any sort of momentum, and all and all, it looked pretty bad. The powerplay certainly needs to improve.

How about the start of the year for Milan Hejduk? I hope he can keep it up, because the Avs could really use his production, and he deserves to go out on a better season than he had last year.

I think I was the first one to jump on board the Matt Hunwick train last year, and as much as I like Tyson Barrie, I think Hunwick should continue be in the first for him.

Duchene and Parenteau sure have been strong the last couple of games. I’m glad to see that working, but I would like to see a little more from Landeskog.

Erik Johnson was great again tonight. I would love to see him turn into the player everyone thought he could be in 2006, and right now, it’s really starting to look like he is going to.

Remember, you probably shouldn’t put TOO much stock into this game. It was still the Blue Jackets, and they did play the night before…but wow, the Avs looks good.

The Avs next game is Saturday against the San Jose Sharks in California. The game starts at 2 p.m. Mountain time.

  1. Advenstor says:

    Varly was great! Johnson looked fast on the ice; Powerplay as you mention was not so good; Whats the word on O’Reilly and a bum foot?

    • ppajak says:

      I’ve heard the foot injury is fairly minor. I wouldn’t be too concerned about it. But I think the Avs should trade O’Reilly anyway. He has put himself above the team, and been selfish, and the Avs have a history of trading those kinds of players (Anderson, Wolski, Galiardi, Stewart (ish)) so I think he should go. Plus, I don’t think the Avs need him to be successful, and he could bring in a nice return.

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