Game 36. Avs-Predators. Avs find a way to lose, keep #1 pick in sights

Posted: April 5, 2013 in Avs vs. Nashville Predators

In what continues to be a trend this season, the Avs couldn’t get the job done down the stretch, and Nashville took advantage with 3 goals in the third, to win 3-1.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


The first couple periods were exactly what you would expect a Nashville-Colorado game to be like. Both teams were playing quality defense, killing penalties, and making sure they didn’t make a mistake. It was not exciting hockey to watch.

But the third period rolled around and everything changed. The explosive Matt Duchene scored the first goal of the game 1:01 into the third, which makes perfect sense, because he schooled Nashville. Duchene busted out of his own zone, past all the Predators and found himself on a breakaway, where he fired a laser past Pekka Rinne. I can say with a fair amount of confidence that Duchene is the fastest guy in the league.

But the Preds fought back when Lake Erie call-up Brad Malone took a high sticking penalty, and Patric Hornqvist found the back of the net just 22 seconds into the powerplay. The goal was reviewed, looking for a possible kicking motion, but eventually the goal stood.

The game seemed destined for OT, but with just over a minute left, David Legwand pounded one through JS Giguere’s legs, and into the net. The defense did little to stop Legwand from getting to the front of the net and scoring, but Giguere needs to stop that. It was a weak goal all around.

Paul Gaustad added an empty netter, and Colorado is now solely in last place in the NHL. I don’t really have an explanation for it. There defense is bad, but not THIS bad. Games are tough to watch.

The Avs will try and get back on track, Friday against Detroit. The game starts at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

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