Saturday, October 20, 2007

Toews and Kane lead 'Hawks to victory over Avs

He loses the puck...he gets it back...he fakes out Hannan...he fakes out Clark...he does something weird with his stick...he fakes out Theodore...and Johnathon Toews shows us that he is part of the future of this league. Incredible.

That's how Colorado's night started.

After that incredible goal, which even got Mike Haynes and Peter McNabb excited, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp added two more goals for the Blackhawks in the second. And yeah, things looked bleak.

Props to JQ for starting Jose Theodore. Even though three first period goals makes it look like a horrible decision, it was the right thing to do after Theodore came up big in the last game.

In the second, the Avs controlled the entire period and Wojtek Wolski got us a goal to cut Chicago's lead to two.

At this point, every Avs fan should believe that the Avs can win. If they can come back from four goals down, they can certainly do it against Calgary.

And in the third, Marek Svatos and Ryan Smyth scored in the first seven minutes to tie the game.

Up until this point, 'Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin had been playing extremely well. But after this tie, both teams became a lot more cautious.

And to make a long and sad story short, Chicago scored with 1:25 left in the third to seal the game. An empty net goal later...Avs lose 5-3.

Notes:

All of the goals allowed by Jose Theodore were "good goals."

Defensive hockey was terrible.

Penalty kill is now 30 out of their last 31.

Milan Hejduk left the game before the third due to back trouble.

Three Stars of the Game

1. Ryan Smyth (Continues to work extremely hard and as I've said, is adding tons of grit and he is a huge presence in front of the net.)
2. Andrew Brunette (Two assists in the game, including one to Smyth.)
3. Jose Theodore (Despite the four goals, Theodore still played very well)

Next Up

The Avs face their toughest test of the season against the undefeated Minnesota Wild. Lets stay above .500! (The Avs haven't lost two straight all season)

Sorry for the shorter post...there will be more next time.

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