Game 16. Avs-Kings. Landeskog’s Return not Enough, As Avs Fall 4-1

Posted: February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

It was a sloppy game for the Avs, and the Kings took advantage by dominating the game from start to finish and ultimately winning 4-1.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


The Avalanche regressed back to their old habits, allowing the Kings to score less than a minute into the game, when Dustin Brown one-timed a shot past Semyon Varlamov’s blocker. Varlamov had no chance, mostly thanks to Stefan Elliott who left Brown wide open for some reason, in the high slot.

Over the next 5 minutes, I’m not sure the Avs got the puck into the Kings zone. They were terrible, and couldn’t control the puck for more than a few seconds. Their passing today was a joke. I could have gone out there and thrown better passes. Eventually that is going to catch up with you, and it did for the Avs when Jeff Carter snapped one past Varlamov, again blocker side. Definitely not Varlamov’s fault, but I would guess he would still want it back.

In the second, the Avs ended up with a 4-3 powerplay early in the period, and what do you know, it was Milan Hejduk who took advantage with a snipe over Quick’s glove. Things were turning around, and shortly after, they were on the 5-4 powerplay after one player from each team came out of the box, but it was the Kings who took advantage, and Trevor Lewis scored shorthanded from a bad angle, beating Varlamov 5 hole. It was the weakest goal of the game without a doubt, but I believe Tyson Barrie deserves some of the blame for his play at the Kings blue line. The puck was in the Kings zone, and slowly moving back towards center ice, I thought Barrie was going to get to the puck just fine, but for some reason he dove at it, smacked it right to Lewis, and the rest is history.

Kopitar added one final tally after he was allowed too much time, right in front of the goal, and after a scoreless third period, the Avs once again fell below .500. It was a terrible game all around for Colorado, and I don’t have many positives to mention. The one thing I will bring up is Gabe Landeskog. It was nice to have him back, and having him on Stastny’s line seemed to help Paul and the line generated some nice chances. Landeskog also had an assist on the Avs goal. It was nice to see him back and healthy. It is also nice that the Avs have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow.

The Avs next game is Sunday against the Ducks in SoCal. The game starts at 6 p.m. Mountain time.

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