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Friday, January 25, 2008

Wild Slip by Avalanche

Jose Theodore looks down after giving up the eventual game-winning goal to Pavol Demitra
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
I held out hope that the Avalanche could pull this one off and head into the All-Star break in first place. Alas it wasn't meant to be as the Wild came away with a 3-2 victory.

I was fast-forwarding a lot as I didn't start watching the game until fairly late in the evening. I did have the pleasure of catching the first goal in all its glory though. Not only should Theodore have stopped that, but Liles should have been able to cut off the pass to Fedoruk.

And of course that goal was the difference in terms of the Avalanche possibly getting a point out of this contest. The team now has a long break to heal up - I'm looking at you Stastny -and start the real stretch drive for the playoffs. Thanks to the new "parity" in the league, it's going to be a tight race.

Theodore stopped 34 of 37 shots in his 10th straight start but it was that one soft goal that really messed up the game.

He is still giving up some long rebounds which leads to some hurried clears out of the zone...or game-winning goals of course.

I'm intrigued to see if he gets the start against Chicago after the All-Star break.

Nik Backstrom came up with some big saves tonight including a lightning fast glove save early on Cody McCormick to keep the game at 1-0.

The offense did have some moments where they were pressing the action but are still lacking finish.

However Wojtek Wolski's finish on a pass from Marek Svatos was a thing of beauty. Short, quick pass and it spent maybe a nanosecond on Wolski's stick before it was in the net.

Given that I was fast-forwarding a lot, I don't have a lot say about the defense. 37 shots on goal might say enough.

None. What's going on here? The correlation between first period fights and getting points in the standings was fairly strong so why mess with it?

- Lappy laid out Skoula big-time hit in the 2nd
- Fedoruk came to chat but neither looked interested in fighting
- what was with the ref calling a penalty on "#40 - Denver"?
- Brett Clark turned his ankle into a shot block (bad idea) and left straight to the locker room. he was back out not long after (Saskatchewan FTW!)
- the no-goal was not reviewable because it was deemed a high stick occurred to knock the puck down before the puck was subsequently put into the net (can we say "Lame"?)

Related Links
NHL.com Event Summary
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Jibblescribbits said...

One soft goal, I thought the third and 1st goals were both pretty soft.

The first goal was possibly flukey, it with Theo i think it's safe to assume soft

Shane Giroux said...

The third goal was definitely a mistake and Theodore even admitted that in the post-game comments. However I wouldn't consider it a soft goal.

The first goal was a weird looking one but yeah, you have to err to the side of "soft" in this case :)

Magnum said...

The Avalanche got one flukey goal themselves from Brunette (redeeming himself after missing an empty net a few minutes before), so things pretty much even out.

Shane Giroux said...

Good point, Magnum. That Brunette goal would have caused a meltdown on the Avalanche forums ;)

Jibblescribbits said...

Oh i agree Magnum, The Avs deserved to lose that game and it evened out.

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