Game 41. Avs-Kings. Avs storm back, but fall in shootout

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Avs vs. Los Angeles Kings, Uncategorized

Well tonig *INTERRUPTION, DAVID JONES HAS JUST TAKEN A PENALTY*

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


That’s right, just 3 seconds into the game David Jones took a high sticking penalty, meaning goalie Sami Aittokallio, playing in his first NHL game was going to see the Stanley Cup Champions powerplay 3 seconds into the game.

I was excited to see how Aittokallio would play, and he met all of my expectations. The Kings scored first on a Jeff Carter wrister. I thought it was a weak goal let in by Aittokallio, Carter beat him far side from a bad angle, but Aittokallio really settled down after that. About 2 minutes later, at 7:14 of the first period the Kings made it 2-0 when Mike Richards wristed a laser into the upper right corner. No real chance for Aittokallio.

The Avs settled down after that, and generated a number of decent chances before Paul Stastny finally beat Jonathan Quick on a wraparound, late in the second period. David Jones semi made up for his early penalty by making a nice play behind the net to get the puck to Stastny.

And then again, early in the third, Patrick Bordeleau “scored” his first NHL goal. It was great to see his reaction, but I don’t even think it was intentional. He was just standing in front of the net, and I guess the puck nicked off his stick on the way to the goal. Either way though, it was a big goal.

There was a scary moment late in the third, when Aittokallio seemingly injured himself to the point where he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg, and stayed on the ice for a long time. Fortunately Aittokallio is okay, and was just suffering from severe cramping. JS Giguere came in, and made some big saves down the stretch to get the game to a shootout, but none was bigger than him diving across the crease to get his paddle down before a Jeff Carter wraparound. could find its way in. Giguere has gained a lot of respect from me in the past week with the combination of his play, and honestly off the ice.

Unfortunately, Giguere looked silly on all 3 shootout goals by the Kings, and the Avs ultimately fell 3-2.

Colorado will next host Vancouver on Saturday. The game starts at 1 p.m. Mountain time.

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