Game 7. Avs-Flames. Trio score a pair as Avs double up the Flames

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Avs vs. Calgary Flames

John Mitchell and PA Parenteau got the game started for the Avs, and it was Paul Stastny who finished it, as the Avs end their road trip with a 6-3 win in Calgary.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


The game wasn’t pretty tonight, but those 2 points in the standings sure are. The Avs had every reason to lose this game, but a late surge from their stars helped seal the deal. The Avs appeared to be in trouble as Matt Hunwick made a TERRIBLE pass across the ice, that was intercepted by the Flames, and led to their first goal. Playing their second game in 2 nights, it would have been easy for the Avs to let up a little, but they never did- it large part thanks to John Mitchell who tied things up with less than a minute left in the first period. That goal really kept the Avs going into the second.

Colorado’s momentum didn’t last long in the second period, as Jiri Hudler scored his second of the game just 1:49 into the period, but the Avs fought back. It was Parenteau who knotted things up this time, with a backhand from the slot. It was a weak goal, but I don’t see anyone complaining.

It’s at this point in time where I would like to take full credit for the Avs win tonight. What did I say yesterday? I said the Avs need to get to high percentage scoring areas, and Paul Stastny needed to step it up…go look at the goals now: Both of Mitchell’s came from the slot, Parenteau’s backhander came from the slot, and Stastny’s first came from a wrap-around to right in front of the net. Oh, did I mention that Stastny needed to pick it up too? I’m going to assume the team checked the blog, and took it to heart. You’re welcome.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


The Avs even gave up a goal late in the second to Alex Tanguay, which meant a tie game going into the third. A period they were no doubt, very tired for, but came out, and got the job done.

Colorado and Calgary exchanged penalties early in the third, neither resulting in goals for the opposition. The key play of the third period was Matt Duchene drawing a penalty on a half-breakaway where he tried to split the defense, and drew a tripping call. Duchene (who apparently can’t score on a breakaway) had a solid game, but that was his play of the game. He also finished with 2 assists. But Matt, since I know you’re reading this, score some breakaway goals! It seems like he’s had 3 or 4 in the past few games, but can’t get the puck in the net.

Stastny converted just 8 seconds into the penalty Duchene drew, and gave the Avs the 4-3 lead with just 2:40 left in the game. Hopefully that got the monkey off of Stastny’s back, as he added an insurance marker a minute and 29 seconds later. PA Parenteau capped off the scoring with an empty netter, and the Avs picked up two big points. The game was much closer than the 6-3 score.

Other notes:

Chuck Kobasew had a quality game. Finished with an assist, and made a lot of smart plays out there tonight.

Sgarbossa…not really noticed.

Mark Olver also had a good game. He’s not afraid to take the puck to the net, which as of late, has been quite rare for the Avs.

Giguere…meh. He was decent, he was not the reason the Avs won. I look forward to seeing Varlamov back in net.

The Avs next game is Saturday against the Oilers at Pepsi Center. The game starts at 1 p.m. Mountain time.

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