They didn't play badly. In fact, the Avalanche outshot the Sharks all game, played the majority of the 3rd period in San Jose's zone, and even managed to respond to an early goal by scoring one of their own.
However, the goals by Hejduk and Brunette were not enough to defeat San Jose, who scored three very weak (albeit, bouncing) goals.
For once, it wasn't about the lack of effort. The forecheck looked very good and the penalty kill, 4-4 on the night, put pressure on the puckhandler instead of just staying in the passive box.
Jose Theodore, who let up three goals in which the puck was deflected, was given his second straight start after a strong effort against the Kings
Shots! The Avs were finally shooting the puck and on Brunette's second goal, which cut the lead to one with about 3 minutes to go, the puck went in because it was thrown at the net.
AS of 12/5, Wyatt Smith has been put on waivers. More news to come.
Ian Laperriere has been activated and is expected to play tonight.
Joe Sakic will miss his second straight game tonight with a groin injury.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Milan Hejduk (100% effort on every shift...responded to San Jose's goal right away)
2. Andrew Brunette (Despite being sick and receiving limited ice time, he finally scored)
3. Francois Giguere (At least he's trying to put together a real team)
The Avs take a 1-day road trip to Columbus, tonight, to try and solve the mystery that is Pascal Leclaire. Peter Budaj will start in net.