Game 5. Avs-Oilers. Divison/Road Struggles Continue for the Avs

Posted: January 28, 2013 in Avs vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Avs couldn’t stay out of the box for the second straight game, and 2 powerplay goals in the first period doomed the Avs to their second straight loss, this time by a score of 4-1

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The Avs have been the most undisciplined team in the NHL so far this year. How in the world they don’t learn from their mistakes in San Jose is beyond me. For the second straight game the Avs had penalty troubles in the first period, and could kill the penalties which cost the Avs the game.

The Avs took a penalty less than 3 minutes into the game, managed to kill it off, but took 2 more penalties late in the period that lead to powerplay goals from Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle. It needs to be said, but Semyon Varlamov was the only reason the Avs were in this game for as long as they were. Neither of the goals in the first were his fault. The Avs also had as many shots in the first period as they did penalties. You can’t make this stuff up.

Edmonton added yet another powerplay goal in the second period to put the game out of reach. Once again it was a powerplay goal, and Varlamov had no chance as it was deflected twice before it found it’s way into the net. It was the San Jose game all over again.

The Avs did pick up a goal (Parenteau) halfway through the third to keep me semi-interested in the game, but everyone knew the game was over. The Avs did have a very solid third period, getting a lot of shots on goal, but Devan Dubnyk was solid and the Avs left empty handed.

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Erik Johnson, Matt Duchene, Varlamov, Parenteau, and Matt Hunwick all had solid games for the Avs…other than that, it was not pretty. The Oilers scored 4 powerplay goals, which was all of their goals, and made the Avs look bad. Why can’t they play Columbus every game? Excluding the Blue Jackets game, where the Avs were playing a tired, bad team, the Avs have “lost” 9 of the 12 periods they’ve played in my opinion. Maybe not on the scoreboard, but just how the teams played…and that’s sad.

One more thing…I don’t want to be that guy, but the Avs never seem to get the calls. Definitely some questionable penalties against the Avs tonight, and never seem to get obvious calls that would put them on the powerplay. There have been at least 2 high sticks that were missed, and tonight, Parenteau was checked head first into the boards (without the puck, I believe), from behind, and there was no call. It’s frustrating.

Now the Avs season hangs in the balance on the next 2 games, as they face a tough Vancouver team, and a Calgary team that the Avs really struggle with, and both games are on the road, and they are back to back. If the Avs lose both of those games, and drop to 2-5, it will be VERY, VERY tough to fight their way into the playoffs.

The Avs next game is against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. The game starts at 8 p.m. Mountain time.

  1. Advenstor says:

    Once again the Avs looked like the slower of the two teams on the ice, also the Avs kept bumping into each other (they looked disorganized); maybe its just rust but the other teams the Avs have played looked more put together; Varly was good and really he is the only Av who is having a good start to the season; how long before the Sacco must go chants ring down from the rafters

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