Game 37. Avs-Red Wings. Third period rally secures point, but Avs fall in OT

Posted: April 6, 2013 in Avs vs. Detroit Red Wings

The Colorado Avalanche may have played their best period of the year in the third, but Pavel Datsyuk poked home the OT winner with 16 seconds left to give Detroit the 3-2 victory.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


This is game 37, and while I’m not 100% positive on this stat, I believe the Avs have only scored the first goal of the game 10 times. This game was no different. Datsyuk got the scoring started on the powerplay in the first period. He ended up with the puck in the low slot, and slid it through Giguere’s legs with ease. But give credit to the Avs, who bounced right back, and roughly 3 minutes later Mark Olver tied things up on the prettiest breakaway from an Avs player all season. He skated in with speed, and went forehand, backhand, shelf, on Jimmy Howard.

The next 12 seconds of the game were bliss. But that 13th one was the opposite, because Gustav Nyquist quickly regained the lead for the Wings. Matt Duchene couldn’t control a pass, gave it right to Nyquist, who walked around Giguere for the goal. It was a bad play by Duchene, but Giguere needs to stop that one. Nyquist skated past him, below the goal line, and then tucked the puck into the net.

But the good stuff came in the third period. It was like the Avs stopped playing, and the Pittsburgh Penguins started playing. They looked great. They were playing at a high speed, generating good opportunities, and outworking the Wings the whole period. It finally paid off when PA Parenteau scored six and a half minutes in, on a beautiful deflection out of mid air. Unfortunately Jimmy Howard was great for the Wings, and the Avs had a couple of bad breaks (posts, pucks on the goal line) and the game went to overtime.

It seemed destined for a shootout, but with just over 15 seconds left, Datsyuk found a rebound right next to Giguere, and poked it past him before Giguere could react. I think Giguere thought he had the puck, and by the time he realized he didn’t, Datsyuk’s stick was on the puck. I don’t have a lot to complain about, because the Avs played a great third period. If they can keep that up over the last 11 games, I will feel a lot better about their chances next year.

Erik Johnson had a great game tonight, too. I know the points are not there, but he was a force offensively, and defensively tonight.

The Avs travel to Phoenix, to take on the Coyotes on Saturday. The game starts a 7 p.m. Mountain time.

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