Sharks made Avs look like they were standing still during the 4-0 post trade debacle Saturday night. (Photo by OhMySwede.)
With all the trade news for the Avs in the last couple days, it was easy to forget that they actually had a game to play Saturday night in San Jose. Newcomers Erik Johnson and Jay McClement had to suffer many, many long hours on flights to go from Buffalo to St. Louis to San Jose in time for the game Saturday night. In a way it’s a shame they hurried, as the Avs welcomed their new boys by being shut out 4-0 by the San Jose Sharks.
The Avs didn’t come out quite as lethargically as they have in the past. Erik Johnson put a decent shot on net. Kevin Porter had a monster hit in a corner. Budaj made a few saves. The boys looked to be holding it together. Then Devin Setoguchi put one past Budaj 6 minutes into the period with good, old fashioned hard work. This kid is a great player, and he definitely showed it on this goal. The Avs had a power play opportunity about 12 minutes in, but they failed to convert. (Johnson had a strong shot on goal and the puck was in the Sharks’ zone most of the time, so that’s an improvement.)
Almost immediately O’Byrne went to the box, resulting in a Sharks power play. Devin Setoguchi scored his second goal of the night making the score 2-0. On the heels of this power play Budaj cleared the puck over the glass, earning a delay of game penalty which Porter served. Unfortunately on the resulting power play the Sharks’ Logan Couture sent the puck to Ryan Clowe, who made the score at 3-0.
Obviously, this period was not the kind of hockey Avalanche fans were hoping for in the wake of the trades. » Continue reading “Avs follow busy trade week with 4-0 loss to San Jose”