The Colorado Avalanche won their first game in over a week, beating the Anaheim Ducks. I can’t tell you how relieved I am to be writing about a win!
Colorado got up early, with a nice top-shelf shot from John Mitchell less than two minutes into the game. Colorado continued to play strong, but the score remained 1-0 through the rest of the first period (even with each team earning a power play chance). Four minutes into the second, Gabe Landeskog took control of the puck during the Ducks second power play of the game, and powered to the front of the net where he scored a beautiful goal (his third shorty this year). A few minutes later, at the tail end of the Avs power play, Matt Duchene fired a one-timer past Jonas Hiller.
Teemu Selanne did get Anaheim on the board with a nice goal. Soon after Anaheim was on the powerplay, but the Avs prevented them from gaining momentum. Just after the penalty was killed, David van der Gulik’s relentless forecheck left Jamie McGinn free in the slot with the puck, and he scored on a pretty shot. J.S. Giguere only had to stop 21 shots to help the team win.
This was the the type of game that Avalanche fans love to see. It sucks that this hasn’t been the norm, a good solid 60 minute effort, but it’s nice to see it happen now, especially after Jiggy lambasted his team for their attitude, their practice style, their effort. An excellent game from the boys tonight, and I know I’m hoping to see a similar game tomorrow night.
-Brad Malone had another good game. No points, but a strong effort, and he had a couple of scoring chances.
-Erik Johnson was another player without any points, but he did a great job.
-Paul Stastny had a few nice chances in his return, and he didn’t look as though he’d lost a step.
-Sami Aittokallio backed up Giguere tonight. There’s always a chance he could start tomorrow (which would be his first career NHL start), but I have a feeling that we’ll see Giguere again.