Avs Roundup. Games 14, 15, & 16. Winning Streak Ends, but Avs Bounce Back

Posted: November 10, 2013 in Avs vs. Calgary Flames, Avs vs. Nashville Predators, Avs vs. Washington Capitals

Colorado had their second 6 game win streak of the season snapped by Nashville, losing for only the second time this season, but Colorado rebounded nicely and picked up two more wins against Calgary and Washington.
The Nashville game was the first game where I thought Colorado wasn’t giving 100%. Coming into the game on a six game winning streak, playing Nashville’s backup goalie, it seemed like the Avs thought the game was going to be handed to them. Nashville consistantly got out to leads, and while Colorado fought back often, every time they re-tied the game, they sat back and thought Nashville was going to give up. Another game, another highlight reel goal from Matt Duchene. This time, he split the D with his speed and went backhand, forehand, over the blocker for a beautiful finish. What amazes me most about this goal is the little strides Duchene takes once he enters the Nashville zone and starts to protect the puck. You just don’t see that happen from other people. You’ll see them on the replay from roughly the 0:40 to 0:42 mark. It just gives him that extra burst up the middle.

After that disappointing loss, the Avs came out against Calgary, and got the job done. The Avs opened the scoring with a pretty passing play that eventually led to Ryan O’Reilly one-timing a shot from the slot into the back of the net. The Avs were able to take advantage of their first 5-3 powerplay of the season, giving Colorado a 2-0 lead when Paul Stastny lifted a shot over Kari Ramo’s glove. Erik Johnson took a shot from the point, missed wide, but bounced right to Stastny’s stick at the side of the net.

John Mitchell scored the eventual game winner for Colorado, but his goal was sandwiched by a couple of Mike Cammalleri goals, both coming off of pretty passing plays. Michell just set up shop in the slot, was untouched by any Flame, and let Nathan MacKinnon do all the work to get him the puck, but was able to wrist one over Ramo’s glove. Matt Duchene added an empty netter, sealing a win for the Avs.

Finally, the Washington game. From start to finish, the Avs were the better team. They killed off all penalties against the best powerplay in the league, including a 5-3, and there was never a doubt they were the better team. Here are the goal calls:

But the absolute goal of the night goes to Gabe Landeskog


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