The Longest Preseason Ever continued last night, with the Avalanche falling 2-1 to the Dallas Stars. The teams played each other 3 times in less than a week, and the score was the same in all three games. Could we not get just a little originality, people? At any rate, all of the scoring took place in the 3rd period. Kevin Porter scored for the Avs at 8:43 of the 3rd. Mike Ribeiro scored a PP goal 5 minutes later with Mark Olver in the box and then Brendan Morrow, revitalized after punching Cody McLeod earlier when he was on the ice, scored the winner with just a minute left.
The Avalanche's preseason powerplay struggles continue. As for the positional battles, Ryan Stoa, Philippe Dupuis and Patrick Bordeleau were all bundled on the 4th line and played very sparingly. Mark Olver played a little more, but also had a couple of minor penalties. On defense, Jonas Holos played over 19 minutes and had significant ice time on both special teams units. Colby Cohen played 16 minutes and had played quite a bit on the PP but only had a couple of PK shifts.
The Avalanche have just one preseason game left - the Frozen Fury game on Saturday in Vegas, baby, Vegas. Will the team make any cuts before this, or will they wait until after the game to finalize the roster? Stay tuned.