Game 38. Avs-Coyotes. Avs fall flat in desert, lose 4-0

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Avs vs. Phoenix Coyotes

On the second night of back to back games for the Avalanche, Colorado left their game in Denver and were shut out by Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes.

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The game got off to an ominous start, when less than two minutes in, Mikkel Boedker scored on a very weak goal from a bad angle. Boedker raced into the Avs zone on the right wing, and just threw a wrist shot on net from just inside the faceoff circle and beat Semyon Varlamov far side. Varly was quickly moving to the post because Boedker was flying in, and I think the shot surprised him, and just couldn’t get his blocker there in time. Bad goal.

The second period is where the game got out of hand. Martin Hanzal made it 2-0 just 3:06 into the period on a 2-0 breakaway. That is not a typo, it was just that bad of a line change for the Avs. When people look at Varlamov’s stats, they look very pedestrian, but he has to put up with this garbage night in and night out. He also made a nice save on a breakaway later in the game too.

Boyd Gordon made a 3-0 about 4 minutes later after sloppy play from the Avs allowed Phoenix to keep the puck in the zone. Gordon was in the far corner, threw it to the front of the net, had it bounce off the inside of Varlamov’s stick, and into the back of the net. I had never seen that happen before, it was just a lucky break for the Yotes.

Shane Doan finished the scoring with a tap in right in front of the net. Matt Duchene was unable to get back in time and tie up Doan, and he was able to slide it right in. Duchene has been struggling defensively of late, the only explanation I have is the rest of the team is starting to rub off on him.

The loss brings that Avs record to 4-13-2 with Ryan O’Reilly in the lineup. Good thing they matched that overpriced offer sheet.

The Avs next will battle the Flames, Monday at the Pepsi Center, in what should be an important match up for the #1 overall pick in this June’s draft.

  1. Advenstor says:

    I think the second goal was a 3 on 0 goal; unbelievably horrid line change except this is what we have come to expect from a Joe Sacco lead team; one issue/probelm stated earlier in the year by the announcers is that the Avs have a tendancy to watch the puck as oppose to stay with their man in their own zone and this leads to bodies in front of the net not being covered and Varly has no chance when that happens and I think it is why the Avs always find themselves behind early in the games so often; the Avs are not good

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