Game 47. Avs-Coyotes. Avs storm back, win in shootout

Posted: April 27, 2013 in Avs vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Phoenix scored a couple of quick goals in the first, and Avs fans everywhere were thinking they secured a top 3 overall pick, but Colorado never said die, and came back to win 5-4 in the shootout.

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David Schlemko got the scoring started less than three and a half minutes into the game on a wrister from the slot. Giguere was borderline in the crease, and Paul Bissonette was standing to Giguere’s right and prevented him from moving, giving Schlemko a yawning net. Avs fans were not happy, but I thought it was a legit goal. Antoine Vermette made it 2-0 for Phoenix at the 8:45 mark, but then the Avs flipped the switch and controlled the game.

Stefan Elliott netted his first of the year to make it 2-1, and PA Parenteau slapped a rocket from the point on the powerplay, over goalie Mike Smith’s glove to tie things up. Exactly a minute later, still in the first period, Patrick Bordeleau gave the Avs the lead- should I even have to explain the type of goal it was?

The second period was actually quite boring compared to the first, but things heated up late when Rob Klinkhammer tied the game with under 5 minutes left on the powerplay. I can’t be upset, because Klinkhammer is one of the best names I’ve ever seen. Well that, and Mr. Character earned some bucks with a goal in the last minute of play. Not a great goal for Phoenix to let up, especially considering it wasn’t a great angle, but I wasn’t complaining.

The third, much like the second, wasn’t that great. There were some quality chances, Duchene had a sweet spin-o-rama, but ultimately it was Phoenix with the only goal in the period to send the game to OT. They also ran over Giguere, literally, knocking him out of the game.

The Yotes controlled overtime, especially the last minute, but Colorado got it to the shootout, and were perfect. Duchene beat Smith on a 5-hole shot, Parenteau beat Smith over the glove, and Varlamov stoned both Coyotes shooters to give the Avs the win.

Colorado’s last game (maybe Milan Hejduk’s too) will take place on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild. The game starts at 5:30 p.m. Mountain time.


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