Game 10. Avs-Ducks. First period struggles continue, Avs drop second straight

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Avs vs. Anaheim Ducks

It was two first period goals for the Ducks, and a very lackluster powerplay for the Avs that set the tone for the game, as the Avs lost by a final score of 3-0.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


The Avs continued to struggle in the first period this season, as they allowed 2 goals in the first, which means they have now been outscored 12-5 in first periods this season. Sheldon Souray started the scoring for the Ducks, with a blast from the blue line that beat Semyon Varlamov through the five hole. I’m sure Varlamov would want that one back, but there was traffic in front so it’s hard to completely blame him.

The turning point of the game was in the first period about halfway through when Ryan Getzlaf took an interference call, and gave the Avs a chance to knot things up on the powerplay. However, the Avs powerplay was terrible, didn’t generate any quality chances, and that really seemed to deflate the team. Their powerplay is a joke though.

Another game, another 1+ the Avs are on a 5-3 penalty kill. This time it was a lazy play from Greg Zanon that led to the 5-3, and Mike Sgarbossa was already in there for a bad hook. The Avs were unable to keep the puck out of the net this time though, as Saku Koivu caught a lucky break as the puck somehow found it’s way through Varlamov and Koivu was able to tap it home. What else is there to say? The game was essentially over after that, as the Avs played some very uninspired hockey.

Francois Beauchemin added the final tally in the second period, on a 3-2 slapper from the high slot. It was bad defense from the 2 Avs, (I think Sgarbossa and Zanon) and Beauchemin was able to one time it past Varlamov.

I’ll try and find some positives now:

Erik Johnson had a great game…considering. Very, very solid defensively, including hustling back to stop a breakaway.

Varlamov had an amazing save in the third period. Look for it at #1 on nhl.com’s saves of the week.

Duchene was great in the faceoff circle.

…That’s about all I got. It’s going to be a long 4 days before the next game.

The Avs next game is Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

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