The Avs rebounded from a terrible first period to earn a much needed win on home ice.
In the first period the Avs allowed three goals-I was flashing back to a 9-1 loss in 2010 on Valentine’s Day on home ice to the Flames. The only good thing from the night seemed to be the Avs announcing that they signed Ryan O’Reilly. Ryan O’Byrne fired a laser past Joey McDonald-a rare goal for the big defenseman, but he looked like a natural. A few minutes later, David Jones scored his fourth goal of the season, cashing in on a rebound from a Landeskog shot. The Avs did allow another goal, on the Flames powerplay, but they continued to work hard.
In the third period, Landeskog came out like a bat outta hell, and scored a goal in the first 30 seconds. Later, another shot from Landeskog resulted in a juicy rebound bounced in the net off of Paul Stastny’s skate. It had to be reviewed, but I think it was clear (and in Toronto they agreed from me) that he didn’t “use a distinct kicking motion”. Halfway through the period, Matt Duchene made the comeback complete, scoring an easy goal off a nice McGinn pass. The team actually managed to hold on to a one goal lead for the rest of the period (courtesy of some nice Varlamov saves).
It was important to earn two points (and inch a little bit closer to the playoff picture), but I think it was even more important to win in regulation. The Avs denied the Flames a point, and have now (temporarily at least) surpassed them in the standings. Time to take the winning ways to the road boys.
-Shane O’Brien had a really good game-I know he had a couple of late penalties (one of which I thought was soft, and the other which I thought should’ve been matched with a Flames penalty), but at the end of the day, he played really well.
-O’Byrne had one of his better games this season, not just offensively, but defensively.
-This is the second game this season that the Avs have scored three unanswered goals in the third period against the Flames.
-Landeskog had his first three point game in the NHL, and he really looked like himself tonight.
-The Avs actually limited a team to fewer than thirty shots-the Flames only had 23.
-Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau had three assists combined, and are going to be overlooked in favor of the goal scorers, but they were really strong tonight. They each had a lot of good chances, and I was just really pleased with them.