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After losing to Detroit in game 7 of the season, Colorado has bounced right back, and won 6 in a row, for the second time this season.
The Avs returned home from the east coast, and faced off against Carolina. Erik Johnson got the scoring started on a nice coast to coast goal, also getting the monkey off his back from last season, where he didn’t have a single one. Another game, another highlight reel goal from Matt Duchene. This time he worked his way from behind the net, spun around turning his back to the goal, worked his way out from behind the goal line, and roofed a wrister. Colorado led the game 4-1 early in the third after another Matt Duchene goal, but Carolina quickly answered and controlled the rest of the period, however Varlamov was solid, and the Avs got the 4-2 win.

Next up are the Jets. Unlike last year, the team showed passion and determination here, coming from behind in the third to win. Jan Hejda blasted a slapper past goalie Al Montoya to tie things up, but credit to Alex Tanguay for setting a nice screen to let Hejda to get to the puck. Later in the period, Gabe Landeskog made a beautiful cross crease pass to Paul Stastny who was able to tap it in for the winner. The Avs were outplayed by Winnipeg, but they fought hard to get 2 points; something you rarely saw out of a Joe Sacco coached team.

The Avs made their way down to Dallas, after a nice four day break, to take on the Stars. Colorado came out strong, and took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but for the first time this year, they had a sloppy period, and let Dallas force OT. Varlamov was well out of position for the first goal (although he was screened heavily), and then Tylet Seguin struck late in the third, which can’t happen in a one goal game. However, Avs fans went to bed happy, after Paul Stastny went toe drag, top shelf for the OT winner.
Twenty four hours later, the Avs were back in Denver retiring Adam Foote’s number, and taking on the Montreal Canadiens. After a scoreless first, Gabe Landeskog gave Colorado the lead on a perfect snapshot from the left circle, beating former Avs great Peter Budaj. Montreal came out in the third and quickly tied things up on the powerplay, but about 5 minutes later, Nathan MacKinnon found a rebound off a Landeskog shot and knocked it top shelf over Budaj’s glove. The Avs never looked back. Ryan O’Reilly added a goal, and PA Parenteau topped it off with an empty netter for the 4-1 win.

Despite all the Avs success, the biggest story of their season happened off the ice. Semyon Varlamov was arrested for a misdemeanor assault charge, and a class 4 felony (the least serious type of felony) for kidnapping his girlfriend. We have not heard Varlamov’s side of the story, but he maintains that he is completely innocent. I’m not really sure what to think, but I will say, right now his girlfriend’s story sounds a little fishy. Her injuries are not that consistent with what she said he did, and the charges are not as serious as what she is saying he did. It’s a bad situation regardless.

On top of that, a few hours later the Avs traded Steve Downie to Philadelphia for Max Talbot. I didn’t like the trade at first, but if having Talbot means MacKinnon doesn’t have to come off the ice for defensive zone faceoffs, I’m for it.


Hey, 4 in a row for the Avs. Gotta love it. Scoring 13 goals in two games? Meh, I guess it’s ok. The Avs offense is hot, and I think it’s safe to say you should find an Av in your fantasy hockey league and pick him up. A win is a win, but there was a lot that I saw that I didn’t like, besides Carey Price’s pink pads.

I will start with the positives though. Hejduk and Duchene have been on fire in the shootouts early in the season. They can’t miss. Both goals from both players made the goalies look silly, and that is the reason we have two of those wins early. You can WATCH the shootout here. Always fun to watch. Also, it was good to see Paul Stastny have a good game with a couple of points. I love the two goals in under a minute from the Avs. Although I will say, I didn’t think Price had a good game at all.

I couldn’t watch all of the game, and the updates I was getting from my phone were crazy. Avs up 4-3. Next time I check, Avs down 5-4. Then 5-5. I had given up honestly when I saw the 5-4, but I’m not complaining now. And I love seeing EJ get a couple more assists. He seems to have opened the floodgates to his point production. Also good to see the Avs score a couple of powerplay goals. Getting the powerplay going these last couple of games has been huge.

The game over pretty ugly overall though. I thought Varly had a poor game. I understand he had 38 saves, but still only had a save percentage around 88. That is Budaj/Elliott material. I also thought that he let in some soft goals. The first goal was pretty soft. The second goal was not great, but it was on the powerplay for MTL so I can’t complain that much. Bad defense on the third, but still soft-ish. Four and five just can’t happen. Not that close together. Five was a good goal, but there was a lot of room for improvement out there.

Here is the trend I’m a little worried about. From our four wins, Boston was Varly’s game, it’s not like the Avs were the better team, just a great performance from the goalie. The Jackets and Senators are terrible teams that we should beat, so I can’t put much stock in those wins just yet. And today, we had to score six goals to get a win. What I’m saying is I don’t think the Avs have had a game yet where have outplayed a decent team. I would have been more happy if they won 3-2 or 4-3 tonight, but 6-5. Come on, they can’t rely on the offense to bail them out like that.

So now come the Leafs. Still undefeated, so I’m hoping the Avs can show what they’ve really got against them on Monday. The game starts at 5 p.m. Mountain.

Also, stay tuned, because I am going to have a trivia challenge sometime in the next week, and the winner will get……A DOLLAR!!!