It could have been worse. Down 3-1 going into the final minute of the second, Ian Laperriere made a wonderful pass to Brett Clark who made a terrific move and beat Ilya Bryzgalov to cut the deficit to one heading into the third. But lets back-track a bit.
In the first, Wolski got things started right away with a nice wrist shot to the stick side. 1-0 Avs. Once again, we went into the second period with a 1-0 lead. And once again, we failed to score more.
Phoenix scored three quick goals in a flash to jump out front 3-2. It seems that when teams score against us, they score against us in bunches.
In the third, the Avs managed to put hit the 40+ shot total but still had nothing to show for it.
Quenville, playing the hottest line as of late, in Guite-McCormick-Laperriere, put them out there time and time again. Eventually, Cody McLeod was thrown in thee. Behind the net, Guite, from his knees, put a tape-to-tape pass right on the stick of McLeod who put the puck on net and scored his second career NHL goal.
The game went to a shootout, which resulted in a Wolski miss (after he had beaten the goaltender), a Svatos post shot, and two Coyote goals to send the Avs home one point short of their goal.
On the plus side...
For the first time since 2001, the Avs have a genuine checking line in Guite-McCormick-Laperriere and if you throw Cody McLeod in there, this team suddenly has a lot more grit than they started the season with. This has been the team's best line over the last two weeks.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Cody McLeod (Finishing his hits and scored the tying goal)
2. Ben Guite (Leading the charge on the third line and doing a great job defensively)
3. Ian Laperriere (Beautiful pass to Clark in the second)
The Avs finish up a home-and-home series with the Coyotes on Wednesday, January 2nd. We're undefeated in 2008. Lets keep it that way
Here's a a trailer for the Winter Classic, taking place today. It's the first outdoor NHL game ever played in the United States.