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Game 18: Stars 6, Avalanche 1

photo courtesy of Matt Slocum/AP

Well, we all waited for it, and finally it came.  Jose Theodore had his long-awaited total meltdown, giving up five goals on fifteen shots by the Dallas Stars and was pulled from the game in the middle of the second period.  The Avs would ultimately lose 6-1.

All in all, a horrible, pathetic showing by the Avs that was strangely reminiscent of Game 2 in Nashville, when they also forgot how to play hockey.  If they only get blown out every 16 games or so, that's fine, but it better not happen any more than that.

Every player, with the exception of Jaroslav Hlinka, who redeemed himself slightly with the lone Avalanche goal late in the third period, sucked big time.  The defense got manhandled repeatedly (see Kyle Cumiskey pictured above) and the offense was totally squeezed out---they managed only eighteen shots on goal.

If this kind of game never happens again, it will be far too soon.

And while I managed to write more than just one sentence, unlike some, I'm not exactly sure it was necessary.  This was just a total waste of a game, pure and simple.

The Avalanche has a chance to redeem itself on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild, who did them a huge favor by losing last night to the Canucks in similar fashion: 6-2.  

Stars of the Game:

  1. Jussi Jokinen (4g!, 0a)
  1. Sergei Zubov (0g, 4a)
  1. Mike Modano (0g, 2a)