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Game 30: Blue Jackets 4, Avalanche 1

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I didn't watch this game, and judging by the open thread, nobody else did either.  Not that we missed much.

The Avs managed to take a giant dump on the road, again, and squandered a two-game win streak and a shot at the Northwest Division lead by losing 4-1 against the Blue Jackets who also beat them last Wednesday in Columbus.

Jose Theodore had a truly stellar night, stopping just 12 of 15 shots in an anti-duel with Columbus backup Fredrik Norrena.  Norrena only faced 16 shots but he stopped all but one.

Wow, 16 shots for both teams.  Zzzzzzzzzzzz...

I guess Ken Hitchcock is winning his ongoing war with exciting hockey.  Good for him.

What's really sad is that the Blue Jackets had only one shot on goal in the second period (one!) but they still scored on it.  One shot, and they scored.  You can't get much worse than that.

The Avalanche are definitely winning their own war on consistent play, as the win-loss-win-loss roller coaster seems to have gotten back on track.  What it is about road games that screws up their game so much I'll never know.  Somebody should check the team plane for toxins or mold or something.

The next game is tonight against the Predators in Nashville.  I didn't make an open thread graphic before leaving for work this morning so that won't be up until later, but rest assured it will be there.

Stars of the Game:

  1. Jared Boll (1g, 0a)
  1. Manny Malhotra (1g, 0a)
  1. Fredrik Norrena (15sv, .938)