Game 31. Avs-Canucks. Late goal not enough, as Avs lose again

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Avs vs. Vancouver Canucks

A late powerplay goal made the game interesting, but Colorado was still bested by a better Canucks team, 3-2.

I miss this

I miss this

Of course it was Vancouver who scored first, I just wouldn’t expect anything less, especially with how the previous games have gone. But the Avs did a good job battling back, and Jamie McGinn finished for a goal on a 2-1 after a pretty pass from PA Parenteau. I believe Mike Haynes said it earlier in the year, but Parenteau continues to throw passes are amaze me. He’s got to be a top 10 passer in the league, he always seems to find a hole and put it right on his teammate’s tape. This goal actually got my hopes up, but Vancouver quickly shot them down in the second.

First was Mason Raymond, who got a semi-breakaway and rocketed a wrister over Giguere’s blocker. Can’t fault Giguere, if I had to lay blame, I’d go with Erik Johnson, who didn’t seem to make much of an effort of trying to stop Raymond. Next was Alex Burrows, on another questionable play by EJ. Burrows blew past him and roofed a backhanded that Giguere had no chance at. I’m not blaming Johnson for the goals, but he wasn’t his usual shutdown self.

Parenteau banged one home late in the third as a 5-3 powerplay expired, but the Avs couldn’t muster one more in the last 2:31, and lost another division game.

The Avs are done. At this point, I’m almost rooting for losses for a higher draft pick. And considering Calgary is 26th in the league, matching O’Reilly’s offer just looks terrible right now. The Avs could have had 2 top 5 picks in the draft. Also, from this game, both Paul Stastny and Ryan Wilson were hurt, and will miss time. Wilson has been put on the IR, while Stastny is expected to miss about 10 days.

With the trade deadline less than a week away, Colorado has some decisions to make. It should be an interesting week.

Colorado will next play the Flames in Canada on Wednesday. The game starts at 8 p.m. Mountain time.


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