Game 17. Avs-Ducks. Avs start strong, but game ends in disappointment

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Avs vs. Anaheim Ducks

Colorado couldn’t have asked for a better start, as they quickly went up 2-0, but ultimately the Avs fell in overtime by a score of 4-3.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


After a lackluster effort on Saturday, the Avs came out and hit the Ducks right in the beak with 2 first period goals. First up was Cody McLeod, who tipped in a Matt Hunwick slapshot just 2:28 into the game. The goal itself was funny, because the shot broke McLeod’s stick, and when it went in, he just threw it up in the air. Good stuff from Cody McLeod.

And then, on the powerplay PA Parenteau found a Tyson Barrie rebound and beat Jonas Hiller glove side to give the Avs a 2 goal lead. Things were look great, and while the powerplay is getting better, they still can’t score the important ones. They were 1/5 on the man advantage, compared to the Ducks 3/5. The Avs had a chance to put the game away with a powerplay for the last 2 minutes of the first, but couldn’t get the job done.

The Ducks…wait for it…came out flying in the second, and had the game tied by the 10 minute mark. First it was Corey Perry, who scored after Greg Zanon had his stick slashed out of his hand by Ryan Getzlaf, who proceeded to send the puck right in front for Perry, who tapped it home. It was a penalty, but for some reason it didn’t get called. Next was Temmu Selanne scoring on the powerplay, his 250th career powerplay goal that came from the side of the net on a one-timer from Saku Koivu. Neither of these goals were Giguere’s fault.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


But John Mitchell quickly gave the Avs the lead, just 40 seconds later, when he just put a shot on net from the high slot, and Hiller just missed it. It was a very weak goal, but it was a huge goal for the Avs. I thought that goal would get the Avs going again, but it just wasn’t enough.

Anaheim scored the lone goal of the third period, again on the powerplay. This time, the Francois Beauchemin slapshot trickled through Giguere but not over the goal line. The puck sat behind Giguere for a couple of seconds and the only person who knew where it was, was Getzlaf, who skated in from the half boards to tap it into the net.

At least the Avs got a point, but it was a disappointing finish for Colorado. Ryan O’Byrne took a penalty with 1:01 left in OT, that gave the Ducks a 4-3 powerplay. The penalty stopped Cam Fowler from having a point blank chance, but the Avs were unable to kill it off, and Perry tipped the game winner through Giguere’s legs just 15 seconds into the powerplay.

Considering the Ducks success this year, and the Avs playing two games in a row, I should be happy with 1 point, but I’m not. The Avs have given away too many leads in the past couple of weeks, and did again tonight, so I fall asleep with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Also, here are my calls of the Avs goals.



The Avs will finish their 3 game road trip in San Jose on Tuesday. The game starts at 8 p.m. Mountain time.

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Comments
  1. Advenstor says:

    Liked the calls: it would appear that the Avs are going to struggle to be a .500 team; changes behind the bench but more so in the front office need to be made; no reason to think that .500 is where the Avs want to be;

    • ppajak says:

      While I agree that Sacco should go, I have to give them a bit of a pass so far this season, simply because I’m not sure any coach/front office personnel would be able to do much with the amount of injuries to key players that the Avs have had.

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