Game 45. Avs-Blues. Avs continue home dominance over Blues

Posted: April 22, 2013 in Avs vs. St. Louis Blues

On Sunday for the 8th straight time, Colorado beat St. Louis on home ice, by a score of 5-3

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


For a team that has been clearly better than Colorado over the past couple of seasons, the Avs almost always find a way to put a good game together against St. Louis. The Avs opened the scoring when Jamie McGinn “deflected” the Aaron Palushaj pass off his skate and into the net. The goal was reviewed, but it is a legal play to turn your skate to deflect the puck, as long as there is no kicking motion.

Here’s something I don’t understand; why is Aaron Palushaj not in the lineup every night? Good things happen when he is on the ice. I’m almost positive the Avs have a better record when he is in the lineup. 9 points in 24 games for Palushaj, which in my opinion, is decent depth scoring for the role he’s getting.

David Backes of St. Louis tied things up less than a minute later when Jay Bouwmeester found him wide open in the slot, and easily wristed a forehand over JS Giguere’s glove. What was comical about the play was Mr. Character himself decided to point to other players to hustle back and cover Backes, rather than do it himself.

But with less than a minute to play in the first Cody McLeod scored his fourth goal in as many games after a Stefan Elliott backhand glanced off him and past Brian Elliott. Jamie McGinn added a powerplay goal early in the second for Colorado after David Perron of St. Louis sent him a perfect pass in the slot. O’Reilly was hounding Perron’s back after he lost the puck to Perron, but Perron needs to be smarter than that for St. Louis.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


About three and a half minutes later, Jaden Schwartz slapped a rocket through Giguere’s legs from the top of the left circle. St. Louis third goal (later in the game) was just as weak, as Kevin Shattenkirk wristed a shot from the blue line that found its way in. There was traffic in front, but you need to stop those kinds of shots. If Varlamov would’ve let the Schwartz slapper and the Shattenkirk wrister in, everyone would be on Varlamov’s case, but for some reason, time after time people give Giguere the benefit of the doubt. But Giguere did stop 29 of 32 in the game.

The goal of the game belonged to Matt Duchene, who kept a Jordan Leopold clearing attempt in the Blues zone, then worked his way around Leopold on the goal line, and roofed the puck over Elliott’s sholder from no more than a foot in front of the goal line. Great stuff from Duchene.

In the third, Shattenkirk added his goal, but 4 minutes later Chuck Kobasew added an insurance marker for Colorado down the stretch after scoring from another impossible angle like Duchene, but this time it went through Jake Allen’s legs, who came in to replace Elliott after the fourth Avs goal.

It’s just a shame this team couldn’t get things going when they still had a shot at the playoffs.

Colorado will finish the home and home series with St. Louis on Tuesday in the show me state. The game starts at 6 p.m. Mountain time.

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