Game 9. Avs-Stars. Sloppy play costs Avs 2 points.

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Avs vs. Dallas Stars

The Avs were unable to capitalize on many chances Monday night, and ultimately fell to the Dallas Stars by a final score of 3-2.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


Milan Hejduk celebrated his 1,000th NHL game on Monday, and did so in grand fashion by scoring his first goal of the year, but the Avs couldn’t find a way to get the win for him. All things considered, classic Avalanche hockey tonight. They win a couple of games, and suddenly all the urgency goes away. They relax, they don’t have the passion, they make boneheaded plays, because they know they can get away with it, after all, they just won a couple in a row.

The Avs have played 9 games this year, and in games where the other team has scored a goal, the Avalanche have only scored the first goal of the game once- which was the first game of the year, which they lost. That is unacceptable. They can’t continue to play from behind EVERY. SINGLE. GAME.

The Avs should have won this game. Dallas took some terrible penalties, didn’t capitalize on their powerplays, and didn’t have many great chances in the game all together, but the Avs still found a way to lose. Even though Colorado did score a powerplay goal tonight, the powerplay looked terrible. They statistically have the worst powerplay in the league, and it showed. At this point in time, getting a powerplay isn’t even exciting, because you know they’re not going to score.

And on top of all that, in the last six minutes of the game, down by one goal, the Avs take TWO penalties. You’ve got to be kidding me. Two bad, lazy penalties. But it’s okay, because they won a couple before tonight…at least, that’s probably what they’re telling themselves.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


And hey, I’m as big of a Matt Hunwick fan as anyone, but what a horrible game. He practically handed the puck over to Jamie Benn (after what was a all time bad pass from Erik Johnson), who proceeded to go on a breakaway and score the first goal of the game. Then, later in the period, after the whistle blows and he knows the Avs are going on the PK, he decides to go after another Stars player, and take a penalty, giving them a 5-3 for 2 minutes. However, one of the few bright spots for the Avs tonight was that they killed off those penalties.

Milan Hejduk gave the Avs some life by scoring late in the first, and good for him, in his 1,000th game. People say this is going to be his last year, but I don’t know why. He’s been one of the most consistent players for the Avs, and has 4 points in 9 games. If he wants to come back, the Avs would be crazy not to keep him.

The Avs were all set to go on their first powerplay of the game, just a few seconds after Hejduk made it a one goal game, but about 3 seconds after the puck was dropped PA Parenteau took a hooking penalty, killing a chance for a huge momentum swing. Great work there.
After going down 2-0, the Avs managed to tie the game up in the second period, when PA Parenteau whacked one out of mid-air on the powerplay. Apparently that’s the only way the Avs can score on powerplays- luck. But then at 15:29 of the second period, on a delayed penalty, the Avs let Jamie Benn score his second of the game on another horrific play. There was no urgency to touch the puck and get a whistle. The Stars probably controlled the puck on the 6-5 for 45 seconds, with the Avs just assuming that someone else would touch it for them, and then somehow left Benn wide open in the slot and didn’t even make it challenging for Derek Roy to get him the puck. Horrible play. Horrible.

And that’s where the game ended. Of course, naturally the Avs had chances in the third, including a powerplay off of a delay of game penalty from Jaromir Jagr, which was a terrible penalty to take, but couldn’t muster any decent chances.

Other than that, great game for the Avs.

The Avs next game is Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Mountain time.

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