Sunday, December 23, 2007

2-Game Recap: 12 Shots/1 Point vs Ducks, Big Win vs Rangers

Anaheim

In one of the worst offensive performances in Avs history, Peter Budaj saved the day and stopped 35+ shots in a 2-1 loss. However, the Avs did get a point in OT.

Cody McCormick scored the lone goal and to be fair, Ryan Smyth and Joe Sakic were still out of the lineup. It was more of a game where the Avs were just trying to hold on and grab a point.

And to give credit where credit is due, the Avs managed to get one point in the very close Northwest Division.

Three Stars of the Game

1. Peter Budaj (Huge saves and the entire game was played in Colorado's zone)
2. Cody McCormick (Continued to be impressed by him)
3. None

Notes

Cody McLeod played in his first ever NHL game and managed to bring some grit to the lineup.

New York

What a great effort by Colorado in this one! Despite missing Sakic and Smyth, the Avs played a very strong offensive game. Down 1-0 in the second, Milan Hejduk came through on the power play to tie the game up. Four minutes later, Hejduk scored again to make it 2-1. That success was short lived when Rozisval came down the ice to tie the game. One minute later, the Rangers took the lead back and made it 3-2.

The third period turned out to be a fun one when Marek Svatos scored with 12 mintues to go to tie the game up.

In OT, just one minute in, the Avs had a 2-on-1, had it broken up, and Jeff Finger came through the slot, put the puck on net, and Wojtek Wolski was there to knock it in.

To quote Mike Haynes, Wojtek Wolski! Wojtek Wolski!

A big two points for the Avs and another big game for Budaj. (Especially in the third period)

Notes

Due to the Ryan Smyth and Joe Sakic injuries, the Avs called up David Jones from the Monsters. He had two golden chances to score his first NHL goal, but just missed on both of them. Look out for this kid in the future.

TJ Hensick notched an assist for his second NHL point.

Three Stars of the Game

1. Milan Hejduk (Yeah! Two more goals as he ties Stastny for the team lead!
2. Wojtek Wolski (The OT winner and he received some penalty kill time)
3. Peter Budaj (20 saves, including some huge ones in the third. 3/4 on PK)

Next Up

The Avs played the hated Vancouver Canucks TONIGHT at the Pepsi Center. The Avs are looking for their 5th straight home win and this should be a fun one.

Apologies

Look for longer posts from now on and no more "2-Day Recaps"

Enjoy the game.

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