Well, I took a few days off to clear my mind and objectively blog on the situation. The Avs, 0-24 on the PP in their last five games (1-3-1) have been a disgrace to hockey. On Saturday night against the Calgary Flames, the Avs managed just 7 shots through the first two periods and only seemed to show up for the third where they had 16 shots and scored their only goals (Sakic, Richardson) in a 5-2 loss against the Flames.
The loss knocked the Avs out of first place.
Jose Theodore got the start and made 27 saves on 32 shots. A few of the goals were weak, but lets face it, it doesn't even matter. It has nothing to do with putting up just seven shots in two periods. As I mentioned, the power play was pitiful as was the rest of the play in the game.
The highlight of the game was the apparent feud between Dion Phaneuf and Scott Parker. Stemming from a pre-game scruffle between the two teams, it seemed like Phaneuf was getting away with murder against the Avs. After Phaneuf seemingly tripped another Avalanche player, Parker laid into him with a hit to the head (most think that the chest was his intended target.) As Phaneuf fell to the ice, Parker gave him a little job, which the Flames enforcer, Eric Boogard took exception to. A nice, long fight ended with Parker on top as both got game misconducts.
That was about the only highlight for the Avs.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Scott Parker (Thank you for protecting our stars)
2. Joe Sakic (A goal...a sign of things to come?)
3. Jeff Finger (Continues to show his physical nature and had an assist)
Tonight at 9:30 EST, the Avs will take on the Oilers in hopes of moving within one point of Minnesota's division lead. (With one game in hand)
Ian Laperriere did practice today, however, he is not expected to play tonight.
According to TSN, Joel Quennville laid into the Avs at practice today, working them extremely hard and giving them a big pep talk. Lets see if it pays off. If not, Q may be out the door.
On a somber note...
RIP to Washington Redskins' safety Sean Taylor. As you may already know, Taylor was shot in his home early Monday morning and died in the hospital on Tuesday. My prayers go out to his family and friends.