The Colorado Avalanche ended their streak of good games tonight at four. Less than a minute into the game, Gabe Landeskog took a penalty. Colorado killed off the penalty…only to be scored on right after time expired. The team battled back, and P.A. Parenteau scored after Shane O’Brien made a beautiful pass. Unfortunately, the defensive breakdowns continued, and Jordan Eberle was given the opportunity to test out his Denis Savard-Patrick Kane spin-o-rama move, which led to a tip in front of the net.
Edmonton would score two more goals in the second. Varlamov was left out to dry on pretty much all of the goals (although I would argue that a confident, at-his-best Varlamov might have been able to pull off a spectacular save or two. During the third, the Avs continued to play poorly until the final three minutes. There have been too many games this season where the team has played “blah” (not horrible, but not great) for the majority of the first 57 minutes, and then they play their best in the last couple of minutes when the team is already down a few goals.
I do think the team will have a good response next game, as it will be “Military Appreciation Night” and I would hope that that would motivate the team.
-P.A. Parenteau now is the sole leader in goals for the team. He and Duchene were tied at 16, but P.A. now has 17. Last season, he had only 18 goals in 80 games.
-Milan Hejduk had a couple of good chances in his first game back.
-Shane O’Brien was the best defenseman for the Avs tonight.