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Game 61: Ducks 3, Avalanche 2 (SO)

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Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

"S-O-L" means a lot more than just "Shoot Out Loss" to the Colorado Avalanche these days.  It also means shit out of luck, which is what they're going to be if they don't get their crap together and start winning games again.  The playoffs, I'm sad to say, are becoming a distant memory to this franchise.

Last night, the Avalanche once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, giving up a 1-goal lead in the third period and losing 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout.  Though it was the fifth straight loss for the Avs, at least this time they salvaged a point out of it.  That's something.

I'm not even sure it's worth mentioning again that trying to hold a one-goal lead by abandoning the offensive attack is a horrible strategy that almost never works.  How many leads do the Avs have to blow?  How many close games do they have to lose in the third period or in overtime for them to get the memo?  Getting a lead and then letting off the gas is not a successful strategy.  Knock it off.

Jeff Finger and Andrew Brunette had the regulation goals for Colorado, and Peter Budaj stopped 20 of 22 shots.  Teemu Selanne scored on the power play late in the first period for his second goal of the season---both of which have come against the Avalanche.  Rob Niedermayer tied the game mid-way through the third period.

Scott Parker played more than five minutes but didn't fight anybody.

Dater's recap says Ryan Smyth got a significant hair cut prior to the game to try to shake the losing streak, but I can't find any good pictures yet and I'm not even sure the effort is worth my time.  It didn't make any difference, obviously.  He's been held pointless in all four games he's played since his return from injury in December.  His contract seems pretty pointless these days, too.

The Avs continue their five-game road trip tomorrow night against the Phoenix Coyotes and Avalanche-killer Ilya Bryzgalov.  So that's good news.

Stars of the Game:

  1. Scott Niedermayer (0g, 0a)
  1. Teemu Selanne (1g, 0a)
  1. Jeff Finger (1g, 0a)