DENVER, CO - JANUARY 18: Ryan O'Reilly #37 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his game winning goal in overtime with teammate Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche as Dmitry Kulikov #7 of the Florida Panthers looks on at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Avalanche split two weekend games on the road, winning 3-1 over Los Angeles on Saturday before falling 3-2 against Anaheim on Sunday. Colorado lost to the Ducks despite a 45-18 advantage in shots on goal, nearly rallying from a three-goal deficit in the final six minutes.
"I think our guys deserve a lot of credit, they didn't mail it in," coach Joe Sacco said.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 15 saves after going 3-0-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average in his previous three starts.
"I thought we deserved a better fate," Giguere said. "We obviously played a good game. We had a couple of breakdowns that they capitalized on.
I've got to admit, I'm a big Kevin Smith fan. The fact that Smith is an avid hockey fan might be part of it. His up-coming movie is based around an enforcer. So he was asked about fights, and violence, in hockey.
Kevin Smith, the bad boy of movies, may be best known for his movie character Silent Bob, but when it comes to the topic of violence in hockey, he’s got a lot to say.
And during a recent conversation to promote his upcoming Feb. 2 Toronto appearance at the Scotiabank Theatre in Kevin Smith: Live from Behind, he didn’t hesitate to make his feelings known.
"I like fighting as much as the next guy, but Jesus Christ, how many people have to die? Look, man, when one of the greatest hockey players living isn’t playing because he’s concussed, then something’s seriously f—ked."
"I mean, like, Sidney’s off the ice, man," he says, reminding us of the fact that Crosby hasn’t played since December, after his supposed recovery from a concussion proved shortlived.
A financial reward was promised to Todd Bertuzzi when he agreed to drop his third-party lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks head coach Marc Crawford as part of his court battle with former NHL player Steve Moore.
That was revealed by Ontario Superior Court of Justice Master Ronald Dash during a hearing Monday but Dash reserved a decision about whether Moore’s lawyers could study the agreement. Tim Danson, who is representing Moore in a $38-million lawsuit against Bertuzzi and Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Canucks, argued that any financial incentive for Bertuzzi could "change the landscape" of his litigation strategy.