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Rapid Reactions to Game 4

Avs lose a hard fought game in the shootout 4-3.

 

1.  Defense. 

This team is gradually improving on D.  Far fewer shots allowed in this game.  Also, Foote and Liles were no longer turnover machines this game.  But Clark...

2.  Brett Clark

Awful game.  I know Hopfenkopf predicted you would cause X number of shorthanded goals this year doesn't mean you have to live up to that prediction.  Those kind of mistakes are excusable from the rookies because, well, they're rookies.  You should not be making those mistakes.  Between you and Salei, the Avs lack a 6th D-man.  Pressing maybe?

3.  Matt Duchene

I am itching for that first goal.  So are you I bet.  You need some linemates, badly.

4.  3rd and 4th lines

Bottom two lines were very good tonight.  Darcy Tucker?  What the hell man?  This is the energy guy I thought we were getting last year.  O'Reilly?  Killer game.  Great play on the 5 on 3.  The Avs need more games like this from their bottom lines.  Now only if they had a true 2nd line.

5.  The Shootout

I was wondering how Anderson would do in the shootout.  After a shaky beginning, he seemed to correct himself and gave the Avs a chance to win.  On the shooting side, some strange shooters after Stastny at 5th.  Tucker was a good call since he scored but Stewart?  Hendricks?  Sacco, you have them on the 4th line.  What about Galiardi?  Or a D-man like Liles or Quincey.  This is mostly water under (over?) the bridge since shootouts rarely go this many rounds but this is atleast an insight to your coaching decisions.

6.  Officiating

Many bad calls and non-calls.  Not to mention, Kopecy harrassing Anderson all night.  Bad night for calls.

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