Game 24. Avs-Sharks. In-chene game leads to last second win

Posted: March 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

I was barely watching as the clock ran down to what I assumed was zero, but Matt Duchene found a way to knock the puck in with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to pick up the critical second point.

I just realized this picture could easily be mistaken as from the game. It was not. Despite the Avs wearing their third jersey, and the Shark in the picture, it was taken last year.

I just realized this picture could easily be mistaken as from the game. It was not. Despite the Avs wearing their third jersey, and the Shark in the picture, it was taken last year.


The Avs bounced back after a big win, something they’ve not done often, and came out in the first period and took advantage of a Sharks team that played the night before. The Avs kept their powerplay going, scoring less than seven minutes into the game. Matt Duchene found a perfect saucer pass on his stick from PA Parenteau, and one-timed it perfectly into the upper left part of the net.

The Avs kept things going in the second period, but this time Ryan O’Reilly was the beneficiary of a perfect Aaron Palushaj pass. All O’Reilly had to do was deflect it past Niemi, and to his credit, he did. The one thing that Colorado has consistently struggled with this year has been putting games away. They haven’t had that killer instinct to win games when they’ve had the chance, and it continued against the Sharks.
Avs-Sharks 025
Patrick Marleau tipped a point shot past Varlamov with less than a minute left in the second, to make the third period a whole lot more interesting. The goal probably never should have happened because the refs (who were horrible for both teams) missed PA Parenteau getting to the puck first, in what resulted in an icing call on the Avs, bringing the puck back in the Avs zone. The Avs took another icing penalty, and the Sharks scored on the next faceoff. Regardless, Varlamov was excellent again tonight.

San Jose tied it late in the third. Chuck Kobasew couldn’t get the puck out along the boards near the blue line, Thornton found Couture, and the rest is history. But good news for the Avs was they didn’t take an overtime penalty! This allowed the Avs to have some time in the offensive zone, and they needed all of it. Parenteau took a one timer from the point with about 2.5 to 3 seconds left, and got blocked in front…shootout, right? Nope, Matt Duchene found the puck, took a whack at it and beat Niemi over the glove, under the bar.

I think the Avs have a real shot at going on a run. They’ve looked like a different team of late, and they really need it to get back in the playoff picture.

The Avs will host Edmonton on Tuesday. The game starts at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

Advertisements
Comments
  1. Advenstor says:

    Go Avs; the past four games have seen the Avs with more bounch in their step; and the big guys (Duchene, PA, O’R, Stasney) have come through; nows a good time to get hot; we shall see

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s