Game 4. Avs-Sharks. Penalty kill struggles lead to defeat in San Jose

Posted: January 26, 2013 in Avs vs. San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks scored 3 powerplay goals, and Thomas Greiss stopped all 24 shots as the Sharks blanked the Avs 4-0.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


I didn’t get the chance to watch today’s game, but it certainly seems like I didn’t miss much. The Avs move to 2-2-0 on the season, and the theme with both losses has been penalties. San Jose had 6 powerplays in the game, and scored on half of them. The Avs were unable to capitalize on their 2 chances on the powerplay are are now 1 for 12 on powerplays this season.

I have seen the highlight of the hit Gabe Landeskog received from Brad Stuart…the initial contact was clearly to the head, so I would expect some sort of repercussion for that hit, but we’ll see. That was the play that seems to have changed the game, as Ryan O’Bryne fought Brad Stuart for the hit, and received 4 minutes worth of penalties because of the fight. 2 minutes for instigating, and 2 minutes for having a face shield in a fight…I didn’t know that was a penalty. It’s tough to say without seeing the game, but both of those seem like terrible calls, especially considering the hit he gave to Landeskog.

Those powerplays led to two goals for the Sharks and the game essentially ended there. I would imagine that the deflated feeling the Avs had of losing their captain to a questionable hit, and then getting 2 penalties for trying to defend him, and then giving up 2 powerplay goals, was probably too much to overcome mentally. I’m not excusing the play from the Avs, but I can at least understand it.

The other note I have is that JS Giguere replaced Varlamov for the third period, and stopped all 17 shots he faced. It will be interesting to see who get the start for the Avs on Monday against the Oilers, but I suspect Giguere will get it, which would be a mistake in my opinion. A fast, young team like the Oilers requires a fast, agile goalie, which Giguere is not.

The Avs next game is Monday in Edmonton against the Oilers, the game starts at 7:30 p.m. Mountain time.

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