Game 44. Avs-Oilers. Varlamov and Hejduk return to a blowout loss

Posted: April 20, 2013 in Avs vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Avs played like a team that wanted to go to Vegas Friday night, and Edmonton took advantage by dominating the full 60 minutes on route to a 4-1 victory.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


The Oilers, who were on a six game slide, came out and scored early to take control of the game. Just 2:33 into the first, Taylor Hall found the back of the net. Hall took a shot from the far circle, had it blocked in front, got it back on the side of the net, and lifted it over Varlamov’s left pad. Colorado struggled all night to play defense in front of goalie Semyon Varlamov, who stopped 20 of 24 on the night.

Colorado fought back, and tied things up 5 minutes later on a PA Parenteau one-timer backhand. John Mitchell deserves some credit for getting the puck to Parenteau with an impressive pass, but Parenteau stunned everyone by being able to one time a backhand up and over Devan Dubnyk’s right shoulder, off the crossbar, and into the net.

From then on, one team was playing hockey, and one team was thinking about playing the slots.

Justin Schultz gave Edmonton the lead on the rush, by skating perpendicular to the goal and having a Jordan Eberle backhander glance off him and into the net. Maybe the bad break deflated Colorado’s moral, but either way Edmonton never took their foot off the gas.

The second period came and went with the Oilers adding a couple of more goals. First was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who was set up (wide open) in the slot by Eberle, and then Eberle added his third point of the night with goal of his own. Eberle was making his way to the front of the net when defenseman Mark Fistric took a shot from the point, which was blocked, and landed on Eberle’s stick who was able to backhand it over Varlamov’s right pad. Varlamov was reacting to the Fistric shot when Eberle got the puck, which led to an easy goal for Edmonton.

The third period was exactly what you would expect out of a team with a 3 goal lead. Edmonton made sure to get the puck deep into the Avs zone, and were solid defensively. The Avs looked like a team tonight, that was trying to win the jackpot….the draft lottery jackpot.

Colorado will next host St. Louis on Sunday in a nationally televised game. The game starts at 6 p.m. Mountain time.

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