Afternoon games are typically seen as games that the Avalanche do not preform well in, however, going into this afternoon match the Avs had two wins and two losses in their afternoon match-ups this season.
The Avalanche started the game somewhat sluggishly, the passes were not crisp and the skating was not strong. Ryan O'Reilly did set up Mitchell for a decent chance on goal, then Ryan followed it up by getting a nice takeaway. With 12:18 left in the first the Avs go onto the power play. At one point in the two minutes Paul Stastny Ryan O'Reilly, Landeskog and Duchene were all on the ice at the same time. They generated great puck movement, but were unable to put the puck in the net. A few minutes later the Avalanche take their turn on the power kill. Unsurprisingly it was Shane O'Brien that spent a couple of minutes in the Sin Bin, 40 seconds later Milan Hejduk was sent to join O'Brien due to too many men on the ice. Columbus used their timeout, but although they stayed deep in the Avalanche zone they were kept neutralized. The Avalanche were able to kill off both penalties. Semyon Varlamov made a sprawling save to keep the game scoreless going into the second.
During the first intermission Altitude had an interview with Ryan O'Reilly who said that the game is much quicker and that he was trying to settle down, he was very excited to be back and wants to impact the game. He also said that it was really good to be out there with the guys. He didn't say it, but he was sucking wind during the interview.
The second period starts with David Jones drawing a penalty. The Avalanche power play was soft and non-threatening, the best chance was a fanned shot by Matt Duchene. After the power play the Blue Jackets bring the puck into the Avalanche zone, there is a scrum in Varly's net that led to angry players. Paul Stastny was the guy in the thick of things. Shane O'Brien tried very hard to make up for the penalty kill. In fact, other than the numerous penalties, he played well. Cody McLeod fights Dalton Prout which was more of a grappling match, however, McLeod did get cut above the eye and needed stitches.
Shane O'Brien takes the puck down low in the Columbus zone, Parenteau gets the puck shoots on the net and scores. The play was reviewed because it appeared that Duchene deflected the puck with a high stick, however the goal did stand. Milan Hejduk got hit rather hard with his back to the boards. He was shaken up, went to the dressing room. It appeared that he got hit in the neck, however, he did return later in the period. Bordeleau makes a hard, legal, hit on Nikita Nikitin. Nikitin goes off into the lockerroom... Bordy looks around and as soon as the puck was re-dropped Boll drops the gloves with him. Both players threw heavy punches, at the beginning Bordy was connecting, but he falls to the knees, Boll follows suit, both players get back up and continue the fight. Boll hit Bordeleau a few times after he was down.
There was a scary moment in the third when O'Reilly went down awkwardly, however, he was fine. Bordeleau went back to the sin bin for holding. Duchene had a chance and it took four Columbus guys to slow him down - there were no other Avalanche players in the offensive zone- after he lost the puck, he got called for a hooking penalty when he was trying to get the puck back. This lead to the second 5 on 3 of the game for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Although the last 5 on 3 was non-threatening, this one the Blue Jackets put the puck on the net. O'Reilly accidentally deflected the puck into his own net.
There was some odd moments as both Stastny and Kobasew took turns going into the lockerroom. The Avalanche continually take the puck back into their own zone. One guy who is always in the offensive zone? Shane O'Brien. O'Brien is also a magnet for penalties, he takes his second penalty of the night with just over three minutes left in the tied game. However, he took Johansen with him - he got called for diving. The Avalanche were not strong on this, it appeared to be a Columbus power play. The Avalanche hold them off and then kill off the remaining minute of the third period to get a minimum of one point.
During overtime Columbus goes in fast, Parenteau lightly hooked a player, so he was sent to the penalty box. This led to a 4 on 3 in overtime for two minutes. Jan Hejda and Paul Stastny forced a good chance, but were unable to get it in the net. Columbus get the puck back into the Avalanche zone and were incredibly dangerous, then Hunwick lost his stick - as soon as this happened the Blue Jackets were able to score. The Avalanche get a point, but really needed that second point.
Sandie's Avalanche 3 Stick Taps of the Game
- P.A. Parenteau: had the only Avalanche goal.
- Varlamov: had an overall great game, did not allow a 5 on 5 goal.
- Matt Duchene: played 21:42, was 63% on the faceoffs.
- Jamie McGinn - Matt Duchene - P.A. Parenteau
- Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - David Jones
- John Mitchell - Ryan O`Reilly - Milan Hejduk
- Cody McLeod - Chuck Kobasew - Patrick Bordeleau
- Greg Zanon - Shane O`Brien
- Jan Hejda - Tyson Barrie
- Ryan O`Byrne - Matt Hunwick
Aaron Palushaj, Mark Olver & Stefan Elliott
- In Ryan O'Reilly's first game back he had: 15:52 minutes, 1 takeaway, 9 faceoff wins and 14 faceoff losses.
- Calvin Pickard was the back up, Jean-Sebastien Giguere missed the game to attend the funeral of his mother.
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Colorado takes on the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.