Game 19. Avs-Flames. Avs bounce back from 3-0 deficit, win a thriller

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Avs vs. Calgary Flames

The fans booed the Avs off the ice after the first period, and that appeared to be the wake up call they needed, as they scored 5 goals in the final two periods, to win 5-4.
Let me start by saying I hate the Ryan O’Greedy, I mean O’Reilly, signing. I do not look forward to having to watch him for at least the next year.

Back to the game. The first period was rough. The Flames jumped out to a 3-0, including two goals in a 33 second span. The Avs really didn’t to anything well. The goals were breakdowns defensively, in which Semyon Varlamov had very little chance to stop any of them.

However, the captain said some words in the locker room, and the team responded in the second period. Ryan O’Byrne brought the Avs within two on a slapshot that deflected off a couple of people on it’s way too the net, and then David Jones made it a game again when he collected a rebound for a goal. It’s about time Jones and Paul Stastny get the job done. Hopefully that means Ryan O’Reilly gets stuck on the third line, and can’t produce.

Calgary’s own captain responded, and gave the Flames control of the game with just under seven minutes to play in the second period. The goal came on the powerplay after Patrick Bordeleau was questionable called for charging. The goal gave Calgary a 4-2 lead heading into the third.
Gabe Landeskog continued to spark the team, scoring just 23 seconds into the third, by going hard to the net and one handed the puck between goaltender Joey MacDonald’s legs. Getting the early goal seemed to really get the Avs going, and they knotted things up six minutes later when Paul Stastny “stopped” the puck into the net. Stastny was going hard to the net, looking for a rebound, and the puck deflected off MacDonald, off of Stastny’s skate, who was in the process of stopping, and into the net. After a lengthy review, the goal stood.

Tension in the building was still high, I think most fans were expecting another Flames goal, but the Avs capped off the comeback with a Matt Duchene goal, once again by going hard to the net. McGinn stung MacDonald with a shot off the mask, got the rebound and threw it in front for Duchene to bury it. It’s the third time this season, and the second time against the Flames that the Avs have scored 3 goals in the third. It’s also the first time since 11/10/11 against the New York Islanders (Another game I was at) that Colorado has come back to win from a 3-0 deficit.

The Avs now head to Columbus for a battle with the Blue Jackets on Sunday. The game starts at 1 p.m. Mountain time


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