Avs Roundup. Games 5 & 6. Say Roy’t? Avs Remain Perfect

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Avs vs. Dallas Stars, Avs vs. Washington Capitals

Colorado continued to rip through their early NHL schedule, with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals, and avoiding a classic trap game at home, edging out the Dallas Stars on Tuesday 3-2.
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Semyon Varlamov returned to Washington for the first time since he was traded to Colorado in the summer of 2011, and backed up a solid 5-1 victory. I feel given that Colorado was playing in Washington, during the government shutdown, that I need to work as many puns into the recap as I can. The Avs just Cruz’d (1) to a 5-1 victory, from beginning to end, controlling the game. Alex Tanguay caught a break in the first, when his pass? deflected off a Washington stick, and between goalie Michal Neuvirth legs. Without a doubt the highlight of the game was Matt Duchene blowing past Karl Alzner for a beautiful goal. Duchene is making these types of goals look commonplace at Avs games, but it really is something special.

From there, Washington just couldn’t make up the deficit (2) as the Avs were able to shut down Washington (3). In the second period, it was Nathan MacKinnon notching his first NHL goal, beating Neuvirth on the powerplay on a feed from Paul Stastny. If MacKinnon keeps his play up, he’s going to challenge incumbent Paul Stastny for the second line center spot (4-ish).

Surprisingly, it was Colorado and not Washington who found one of their players on doing their job in the third period (5), when Erik Johnson was in the penalty box for holding, but Alex Tanguay overcame adversity, and buried a shorthanded (I know there is a joke in there somewhere) goal to give Colorado a 4-0 lead.

Somehow, Washington found a goal in the budget (6) and Eric Fehr was able to yank a shutout away from Varlamov, but Washington couldn’t add to it. At the time, it looked like Washington was proposing a comeback, only to have Jamie McGinn race in and immediately shoot it down, or up…into the left hand corner of the goal, scoring the last of the game to make it a 5-1 final. After a performance like that, they should be calling for new management in Washington (7).

Varlamov for President (8).

Onto the Dallas game, where the Stars were shooting early on, specifically on the breakaway. Ok, ok, that was a stretch, but Rich Peverley did give Dallas an early lead with a breakaway goal, with assists going to the stars of the Dallas team, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn. Two of Dallas’ first five shots were breakaways, but Varlamov was able to stick out his right pad, to deny the other.

Matt Duchene continued his scoring ways, when Sergei Gonchar whiffed on a pass in his own zone, which Duchene grabbed, and quickly launched past Dan Ellis for the goal. And with just 7 seconds left in the first, Jan Hejda was able to pin ball a slap shot off of a couple of Stars, and into the net.

Dallas tied it up in the second on the powerplay, their first powerplay goal in Denver since 2009, but again, it was Matt Duchene who came flying (almost literally) into the Stars zone 3 and a half minutes later, and fired a laser past Ellis’ glove for the 3-2 lead.

The Stars ultimately went out with a bang, or should I say supernova? They came up short, but fought til the very end, winning a faceoff with 1.8 seconds left in the third, and somehow got the puck to Alex Chaisson right in front of the net, for an uncontested point black chance, but Varlamov was a black hole, sucking up the puck, and securing the victory.

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Comments
  1. Advenstor says:

    Big game tonight; loved the political references; loved McNab’s description of MD – power, quickness, speed; so right about the Dallas game being a trap game thought the Avs were a little tenative to start out but woke up when Stars scored a goal; – Avs on a roll – fun to watch

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