Because the best way to promote the upcoming hockey season is to not bother televising the preseason exhibition games, Avalanche fans were once again treated to the thrilling two-plus hours of watching dots rearrange themselves on NHL Gamecenter. Tonight the Burgundy & Blue dots beat the ugly, premature-Christmas-color dots 2-0, achieving their fourth win of the preseason.
After a scoreless first that saw a large disparity in shot attemps in favor of the Minnesota Wild, the Avalanche—still getting a good look at a lot of young players—finally kicked it into high gear and started putting up a fight in their opponent’s end of the ice.
The second period would see two goals. The first came of the stick of Chris Bigras, the new and improved version that now scores goals. By all accounts, he made an aggressive pinch toward the net and was fed by Jarome Iginla for an easy score. Fydor Tyutin also picked up an assist on the play, getting on the score sheet for the first time this preseason.
The second goal was scored by Carl Soderberg, fresh off his World Cup appearance for Team Sweden. The tap-in was assisted by the recently appendix-free Trent Vogelhuber and Cody McLeod.
What else happened? Apparently the Avs took a couple of penalties and turned each of them away, extending a streak of such events since the beginning of preseason.
Semyon Varlamov appears to be ready for the season, stopping 30-of-30 shots offered by the Minnesota Wild squad.
Colorado will travel to Dallas tomorrow evening to play the Stars again.