Torrid pace early in the first with hardly a whistle as the Avs carried the majority of the play with good cycling and hard work, especially by Stastny and Jones. Despite the Colorado dominance, Taylor Hall had a golden opportunity on a one-timer, but thankfully couldn't entice the puck to do his bidding.
struck first first struck on an innocent looking play as Horcoff came in against Landeskog 1-on-1, captain vs captain, but Landy blew a tire and went down, giving Horcoff a mini-breakway and ultimately his 3rd goal of the season. Strange, unfortunate, haphazard play. 1-0 Edmonton.
With just under 4 minutes to go in the first, a Ryan Whitney slap shot was redirected by a screen in front of Varlamov. The Avs' goalie made the initial save, but the puck bounced in the blue paint as Gagner swept through the crease and swept the puck in to the back of the net. 2-0 Oilers. The Avs drew a penalty shortly after, but couldn't beat Dubnyk despite a couple decent looks. [Rhetorical rant : how many times do we need to watch the opposition charge into the Avs zone short-handed and abuse our forwards who get caught acting as defenders because Sacco is flirting with his 5-forward power play unit?!?. Rant complete].
The Avs started to get things going about 6 minutes into the middle frame, but O`Byrne made a couple egregious plays in his own zone, the worst of which resulted in a bad turnover and he had to hold his man to negate a 2-on-0. The Avs continued their home dominance on the PK (while allowing 0 shots), but the momentum they had been building was effectively snuffed out. Bring Barrie back.
The Oil would make it 3-0 after the Avs' rush up ice was turned against them and Magnus-Paajarvi batted in his own rebound out of mid-air on the rush. Ugh. Palushaj drew a tripping penalty late in the 2nd, but the Avs once again were stifled by the behemoth Edmonton goalie.
Almost 4 minutes into the 3rd, Jan Hejda scored [HEY REFS, HE FUCKING SCORED] on a big slapper that was whistled as no goal because Landeskog "was in the crease". They didn't call a goal tender interference penalty, they simply didn't like Landy's proximity to the Edmonton goalie. Calling this a horrible call doesn't even come close to how inane and erroneous this call was. No way this is called 99.9% time. Not to be outdone by the refs in the stupidity boxscore, the Avs quickly took a Too Many Men penalty which of course resulted in a 4-0 lead for the visiting team. And yes, it was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scoring his 2nd goal of the season (both tallies coming against your Avalanche).
The Avs showed some promise early, but faded quickly, wilting obligingly to their division foes.
MHH Stick Taps
- Nobody. Not a single person. Well, Johnson was fine I guess.
- McGinn - Duchene - Parenteau
- Landeskog - Stastny - Jones
- Mithcell - O`Reilly - Palushaj
- McLeod - Kobasew - Bordeleau
- Johnson - Wilson
- Hejda - Hunwick
- O`Brien - O`Byrne
Scratches: Olver, Barrie
IR: Hejduk (torso)
- The Avs have the uncanny ability to make Devan Dubnyk - not to mention the Edmonton Oilers as a whole - look like all-stars.
- Nothing is worse as a MHH underling than recapping a game where the Avs do nothing and are shut out. Not even cleaning the small broom closet decked out with red wings bobble heads DDC calls a "bathroom".
The Avs head back on the road to kick off a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Wild, Thursday 6pm.