Saturday, October 27, 2007

Theodore steals one against the Flames [RANT: Hometown 3 Stars]

Jose Theodore may be the backup, but last night, he was as good as any goalie in the league.

Just seven minutes into the game, the Avalanche got on the board with a goal from Joe Sakic, his 1,599th point in his career. He wasn't done for the night.

But minutes later, Alex Tanguay put the Flames on the board. For some reason, Tanguay always seems to have a jump in his step when he plays the club that brought him into this lead.

Into the second period, the Flames scored on a goal by Matthew Lambardi and then Tanguay appeared to have scored again when the referee blew the play dead because he had lost sight of the puck. Looking at the replay, it looked to be a bad call and Tanguay openly critisized it after the game. But we'll take it.

The Avs continued to play on their heels all the way through the third period. Trailing 2-1, they had killed various 5 on 3's already. Finally, one second after a powerplay ended, Marek Svatos showed us some of his potential and tied the game up.

Through regulation, Theodore had made 39 saves.

In OT, it took just 23 seconds for Ryan Smyth to take Joe Sakic's pass and put it by the Flames to end the game and give the Avs their second straight win on the road.

It was a game the Avs didn't deserve to win. They were outshot 41-22 and managed to sneak two points from the Flames. They are now 2-0 against the Flames.

Joe Sakic recorded his 1600th point. He now joins players such as Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, and Mario Lemieux (along with a few others) as the only ones to have ever scored as many points all with one franchise. In his career against the Flames, he has 100 points (60 assists, 40 goals)

Joel Quenville recorded win #400 as a head coach. Hopefully, many more are to come.

Andrew Brunette also hit a milsetone, as he had his 500th point with an assist last night. Go to the net, and good things happen.

Jose Theodore played his best games in two seasons, yet, he wasn't named one of the game's three stars, which leads me to...

Rant of the Week
After every NHL game, the three stars are announced to the audience. The stars are always picked by someone affiliated to the home team. Last night, even with Theodore's amazing performance, he was left off the list. And even with an Avalanche win, the top two stars were flames.
I know, it sounds trivial to be ranting about this, but the three stars are meant to honor players for individual games. The fact that Lombardi and Tanguay were picked ahead of Theodore is ridiculous.
Why not give the job of picking the three stars to an NHL official? Maybe a referee or a goal judge. Anyone who will make competent decisions.
Homers.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Jose Theodore (He gets the respect here and with 39 of 41 saves, the Avs can thank him for the two points.
2. Joe Sakic (Two points, including the assist on the game winning goal, Super Joe recorded a milestone)
3. Kurt Sauer (Quickly becoming a great defenseman and for the first time, I don't hate the guy)
Three Stars Standings (Through 10 Games)

1. Paul Stastny: 9
2. Peter Budaj: 8
3. Ryan Smyth: 7
4. Andrew Brunette: 4
4. Tyler Arnason: 4
4. Jaroslav Hlinka: 4
4. Ian Lapperiere: 4
8. Ben Guite: 3
8. Joe Sakic: 3
8. Jose Theodore: 3
11. Brett Clark: 2
11. Milan Hejduk: 2
13. Tyler Weinman: 1
*First=3 Points
*Second=2 Points
*Third=1 Point
I feel like Jeff Finger should be in there. He's been one of the most consistent guys all season. We'll see if we can find a reason to move him up a little bit.
Next Up
The Avs return to The Can, where they are undefeated this season, to take on the Minnesota Wild - the Western Conference's best team. The Wild beat the Avs in hard fought game last time. No word on the goaltender situation as of yet.
A post dedicated to Jeff Finger coming up soon! Afterall, his last name is Finger.

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