I'm still kind of scratching my head a bit, wondering if I really saw what I just saw. I've decided that this was some sort of Freaky Friday puzzle, and I'm supposed to find all the things that weren't normal about the game. Let's see how I do...
- The Avalanche started slowly and, get this, got better as the game went on! (I could stop there and that would be freaky enough. But wait, there's more).
- The Avs won the faceoff battle (handily: 54%-46%)
- The Avs outshot the other team
- The Avs outshot the other team in the 3rd period
- The Avs outshot the other team in the 3rd period by a wide margin (18-4)
- The Avs got better defensively as the game went on
Brett Clark and John-Michael Liles both played excellent, in both ends of the ice (okay, this might be a little hyperbolic, but I sure did love seeing Brett Clark rub out Alex Tanguay in the corner).
- Speaking of, those two played terrific on the powerplay and both were firing bombs from the point
Scott Hannan and Kyle Quincey did not play well, and were probably the two worst d-men out of the six
- Darcy Tucker had a whale of a game
- The Avs won a goal review
- Antero Nittymaki is, apparently, a bona fide NHL goaltender. He's the only reason this was close.
- Craig Anderson stopped the first attempt in the shootout
- Wojtek Wolski scored in the shootout (first time time this year)
- The Avs actually played one of their more physical games of the season
Did I get them all? So many things in this game that I'm just not used to seeing; forgive me if I've missed a couple. Oh, and, Marek Svatos left the game midway through the 2nd period and did not return - but that doesn't fit into any of the bullet points above.
Big, big game on Sunday as the Avs host the Flames; winner gets 1st place in the Northwest.