Game 40. Avs-Ducks. Avs respond to Giguere, blow out Ducks

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Avs vs. Anaheim Ducks

You knew it was coming, but Colorado responded to JS Giguere’s criticism with a convincing 4-1 win over Anaheim.IMG_2700
It took just 64 seconds for the Avs to open the scoring on Wednesday. John Mitchell roofed his 10th of the year off a rebound Jonas Hiller let up. Hiller tried to reach out with his glove, but Mitchell threw it over the glove and into the back of the net.

The Avs controlled the most of the game, but it was the second period that really stood out. Gabe Landeskog netted his third shorthanded goal of the season after making an aggressive move to the front of the net from the far half boards. There has not been nearly enough aggressiveness like that from the whole team this year. Landeskog is second in the NHL is shorthanded goals, behind only Ilya Kovalchuk with 4.

Matt Duchene added the third with a powerplay goal, on a beautiful one timer. He got the perfect feed from Tyson Barrie at the near faceoff circle, and blasted a slapper through Hiller’s legs as he was coming across. Duchene said they specifically worked on that play/shot for a half hour in practice, so it was nice to see that pay off.

The Ducks started to take control of the game, and Temmu Selanne made it 3-1 on a two on one and deflected the Kyle Palmieri pass past Giguere’s glove and into the net. Anaheim was threatening again on the powerplay in the last quarter of the second period, but the Avs killed it off, and shortly after David Van Der Gulik had an amazing forecheck, got the puck to Jamie McGinn, who was able to finish for his 8th of the year.

The third was mostly controlled by the Avs. They did a good job not sitting back on their heels and also didn’t give the Ducks a whole lot of opportunities to get back in the game.

Refreshing game to watch, and it was the Avs first road win in 14 games, so I’m sure that takes a monkey off their back. Having said that, they can now regain losing mentality to ensure that #1 pick.

Colorado will make the short trip to LA, for a game against the Kings on Thursday. The game starts at 8:30 p.m.

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