Game 22 & 23. Avs-Blackhawks. Each team wins at home, Avs end Blackhawks point streak

Posted: March 9, 2013 in Avs vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Well, it was a tough loss for the Avs in Chicago on Wednesday, allowing a goal in the final minute of play to lose by one, but the Avs fought back and picked up a big 6-2 win to end Chicago’s points streak to open a season.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


Colorado has really turned things around the last three games. Despite their 1-2 record, they have played as well as they have for as long as they have at any point in the season. While the simple answer may be Ryan O’Reilly, let me remind you that correlation does not mean causation.

Everything went right for the Avs on Friday: Matt Duchene had a career high 4 points, they scored a couple of powerplay goals, Semyon Varlamov was strong, and they picked up the two points. While right now it’s easy to praise the Avs, and certainly they are getting some national attention for breaking the Hawks streak, Colorado also has a reputation for letting praise get to their head. It will be interesting to see if they can continue playing with the effort and drive they showed yesterday.

The Avs actually went down 1-0 early in the game, and there was a little sense of panic, but they responded well thanks to a late Paul Stastny powerplay goal, and in the second period, added 4 more for good measure. Their best players were their best players on Friday. Duchene led the team, Parenteau and Stastny both had 3 points, Erik Johnson was amazing, had an assist, and finished the night at a career high +4. All of that in his first game back from a concussion. This team is finally getting their core group back together and healthy.

Colorado still remains near the bottom of the Western Conference, but is also just 4 points away from the 8th seed.

San Jose will travel to Denver to take on the Avs on Sunday. The game will begin at 6 p.m. Mountain time.

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