It was a boring game. There's no debate. All the same, it was a game the Avs should have won. Playing the last place Kings, the Avs got ahead early on a Jordan Leopold goal. Leopold, returning to the lineup (finally) played a very solid game both on offense and defense.
The rest of the game was just boring. With 21 shots through two periods for Colorado, the score was still 1-0.
That lack of finish ended up costing them the game. LA scored once and then they scored twice - in span of 2 minutes, the Avs were suddenly a few minutes away from blowing this game. And blow it they did.
Boring. Awful. Saddening. To play the great Red Wings so well and then to come out two nights later and lose to the Kings? It's these kind of losses that make a difference come April. We all saw how much one point can mean in any given season. This may come back to haunt us.
Where was our scoring line? Stasnty, Hejduk, and Smyth were non-existent throughout the entire game.
On the plus side, Jaroslav Hlinka has stepped into that second line center role and played exceptionally well. He's been an impact player as of later.
On the goalie front, Jose Theodore finally got a start and responded by having an easy first two periods, and then not being able to make two fairly simple saves. Theodore must go people. It'll be almost impossible to find a trade partner, but after this season is over, I'll be happy to see his salary go towards locking up some of our younger guys.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Jordan Leopold (A goal and a great defensive effort in his comeback performance)
2. Jaroslav Hlinka (His passing skills are starting to be noticed and the man is stepping up)
3. Marek Svatos (Showing great effort the last few games and was trying to make things happen all night long)
The Avs last game of 2007 will be played against the SECOND worst team in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Coyotes. The Avs are 9-1 in their last 10 games against them. Peter Budaj will be in net tonight.
Against LA, Quenville dressed seven defensemen and made Brad Richardson a healthy scratch. The strategy didn't seem to hurt us too much, but it's an interesting move considering Sakic's injury.
Here's an NHL montage made by your's truly. Enjoy the memories as we head into 2008.