Oh Avs. You were a minute and a half away from a win. Of course though, the Avs lost in overtime.
The first period was a typical grinders game. There weren’t a ton of shots, and both teams were doing their best to make as few mistakes as possible. Things opened up in the second period when Cody McLeod scored his fifth goal of the season. Mark Letestu responded for Columbus and scored a goal of his own, to keep things tied for the rest of the second. In the third, Columbus scored a second goal. However, the Avs battled back, and Cody McLeod tipped his second of the game past Sergei Bobrovsky-a goalie who has been stoning everyone in the league since March. Late in the period, Stefan Elliott scored (I thought Jamie McGinn tipped it, but the goal is Elliott’s for now). That seemed like the gamewinner, as there were two minutes left. Unfortunately, a breakaway opportunity for RJ Umberger tied the game. (I thought J.S. Giguere had the save, but the puck trickled through.) In overtime, the Avs really controlled most of the play, even though they were working to kill off a penalty for the first minute. Then, a two on one developed. Matt Duchene was able to get back, and Greg Zanon went down to block the shot, but Foligno fired the puck past an immobile Giguere.
I’m hoping the Jackets make the playoffs, so from that standpoint I’m happy for them. At the same time, I’m an Avs fan through and through, so I hate to see my team lose, and I especially hate to see them give up a game-tying goal in the final two minutes. It was an entertaining game though, and I think the team with the better goaltender won the game tonight.
-Stefan Elliott had a great game.
-Brad Malone had his second fight of the year against James Wisniewski.
-I love Giguere, but I think he wants those last two goals back.
-This was Cody McLeod’s fourth career two goal game. He also scored his 40th career NHL game.
-Semyon Varlamov was back in the lineup tonight to backup Giguere.
-Chuck Kobasew returned from a back injury.