Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Period-By-Period: Per. 1 - PP Struggles | Per. 2 - Avs Momentum Short Lived | Per. 3 - One Word: Depression

Tonight will be the second Period-By-Period entry on The Avslova Factor. I'm hoping that the entry will go towards changing Colorado's luck a little bit.

Notes:

Cody McCormick was called up today to play in tonight's game against Calgary.

Lets hope that McCormick can provide some of the energy that the Avs have been missing since Lappy's injury. McCormick has been playing very well with Lake Erie this season.

Karlis Skrastins was also activated for tonight's game and may be in the lineup.

The Avs defense is not playing its best right now and perhaps Skrastins can help tighten some screws. However, Skrastins playing means someone will have to be scratched. Look for it to be Cumiskey or Finger.

Enjoy the game and see you after the first period!

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First Period

The Avs put up some chances but were shut out. And while the Flames were shut out, one would think that it was an improvement over the past games. But when all was said and done, the Avs went 0-3 on three consecutive power plays. What is making it struggle? Who knows? But it needs to be fixed...SOON!

Key Play: The Flames came bursting in on a breakaway while shorthanded when Joe Sakic came back and poked the puck away. The play most likely saved a goal.

A lot of chances but no concrete results.

Jose Theodore played VERY well in net, saving various point blank shots.

We'll see what adjustments they make in the second.

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Second Period:

After two, the score is now 2-1 in favor of the Flames. Despite the score, the period was a much better one for Colorado. They started off with a beautiful pass by Paul Stastny to Marek Svatos, who continues to put the puck in the back of the net. However, the defense let us down somewhat as the Flames's first shot after the goal resulted in a goal of their own by ex-Nordique Owen Nolan. And then later, Jarome Iginla scored on a beautiful pass by Matthew Lombardi. Do I blame Theodore for the goals? No. The goal scorers weren't taken out of the play early enough and that's what happens.

The Avs continued to skate hard throughout the period but there was a scary moment as Ryan Smyth made his way to the locker room. I'll have an update after the third.

Get THIS: Through two periods, there have only been TWENTY shots on goal...COMBINED! (The Avs have 12.) A defensive battle.

PP Update: 0-1 in the period, 0-4 in the game

As always, Calgary-Colorado games can get crazy. Enjoy the third.

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Third Period:

Outshooting the Flames 7-5 in the third period, the Avs suffered their third loss in a row tonight. (For the first time all season)

The power play was awful (0-5 in the game) and the defense was pathetic.

I have three rants for my next post, so I'll save the analysis.

Three Stars of the Game

1. Wyatt Smith (Skated hard all game..it's all you can ask for)
2. Marek Svatos (The lone goal)
3. Equipment Manager (Makes it another third star for him)

Next Up

The Avs have one day off before battling Edmonton on Thursday night. Can they break the streak? It's not looking good, folks.

Look for my rants on the scratching of John-Michael Liles, the power play, and the losing streak in my next entry!

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