Monday, November 5, 2007

Period By Period | Per. 1 - Avs PP Struggles But Game Tied | Per. 2 - Avs Lead, Kipper Robs | Per. 3 - Avs Win! and Phaneuf Goes Down!

The puck has just dropped and tonight I'll be making a post each period. I may end up doing this once or twice a month for the rest of the season. Just a little experiment.

Jose Theodore (2-0) is in net for the Avs while Miikka Kiprusoff (0-2) tries to get his first win against the Avalanche this season.

Early power play for the Avs. Lets see if they decided to work on anything.

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Period One:

Once again, the Avs had to come from behind early in the game.

With just four seconds left in their first power play, Alex Tanguay threw a shot on net that got by the sprawling Theodore.

However, the Avs would change the momentum. Outshooting the Flames 17-6 in the period, the Avs had FOUR powerplays and will complete a fifth one in the first minute or two of the second period.

One of those powerplays was a 1:21 second 5 on 3. Did we convert? Of course not. Terrible passing, no shooting, and stubborn coaches were the reason. The Avs were 0-3 until the fourth power play when Joe Sakic took a shot from the point which was deflected by Andrew Brunette into the net. That goal would prove to be the last one of the period as the Avs and the Flames skated off tied 1-1.

A novel idea, right? Taking a shot from the point?

Sakic has played very well thus far, taking shots whenever he can. Defense has been very good, although the first goal probably should have been cleared before it ever reached a Calgary stick. We'll see if the Avs can grab the lead in the second on their FIFTH power play.

Northwest Division Update: Minnesota has defeated Edmonton by a score of 4-1.

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Period 2:

For the first time in the past few games, the Avalanche have the lead going into the third period. And it feels good!

Wojtek Wolski got his sixth goal of the season and on an even strength opportunity. It was assisted by Hejduk and Sauer.

The Avs controlled the play for most of the period and managed to get some solid chances on their lone powerplay. The real story, however, is Kipper.

He ROBBED the Avs of at least two goals. The first, Jeff Finger's shot at a wide open net, was gloved by Kipper after a beautiful series of passes and shots by the Avs. The second came on Andrew Brunette's slick deke, in which he faked Kipper out of his skates but somehow, a pad was in the way of the goal.

The period was also highlighted by an Ian Lapperiere fight.

Theodore has been playing very well, making some big saves from point blank range.

Key Stat: The Avs are outshooting the Flames 30-15.

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Keys to the Third:

The Avs need to ATTACK! The Flames aren't going to go away and if the Avs sit back in this period, Theodore will let one slip by eventually. Stay physical, clear the zone, and try to create offensive chances. Draw some penalties and lets get the win.

Enjoy the third!

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Third Period:

Oh baby! The Avs Win! What a complete game by the Avalanche as Jose Theodore allowed just one goal on 24 shots and Theodore is now 3-0 at home this season.

Paul Stastny put the Avs ahead by two just 45 seconds into the third on an assist by Wolski and Hejduk.

Hejduk and Wolski assisted on Stastny's second goal as well.

Kipper was pulled midway through the period, but it made no difference as the Avs held on and won the game 4-1. They are now two points behind the Minnesota Wild in the Northwest Divsion!

OUCH!

Ben Guite, the little man on the fourth line, delivered a BEAUTIFUL hit to Dion Phaneuf and Phaneuf actually went down. Yep, the league's hardest hitter taken down by Guite. Be proud folks.

Line of the Night: The line of Stastny-Hejduk-Wolski combined for three goals and five assists. It's definitely a keep for the next game against Edmonton.

Hlinka Scratched: Jaroslav Hlinka was scratched for what I've read to be bad work ethic. Scott Parker took his spot in the lineup.


Three Stars of the Game

1. Wojtek Wolski (Two points for Wolski and that includes the GWG)
2. Paul Stastny (Two goals as Staz gets his offense going again)
3. Jose Theodore (Some beautiful saves and Theo continues to make a push for the #1 spot)

Next Up

The Avs will play the Edmonton Oilers at home on Wednesday. Hopefully, Quenville allows Theodore to continue on with his hot streak.

Success or Failure?

Personally, I enjoyed this Period by Period experiment. Let me know what you think though - either by commenting on this blog or PMing me on the Avs board.

Thanks for reading and vote Republican tomorrow!

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