Alexander Ovechkin was shut down all night. Usually, against the Caps, that equates to a win for the other team. Of course, this is a team that is missing Ryan Smyth and Joe Sakic.
On the plus side, it was another great effort by Jose Theodore, who gave up both goals in a 2-1 loss in the third period. With 21 saves, Thedoroe is creating another goaltending battle in Colorado.
Through two periods, the Avs had just 9 shots. The top line was non-existent again, as Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny are officially ice cold.
Our best two players have consistently been Marek Svatos and Wojtek Wolski, who have both stepped up their games. For Wolski, however, he needs to start putting the puck in the back of the net.
The lone Avs goal was scored by Marek Svatos 38 seconds after the Caps scored their second. Sadly, the Avs couldn't tie it up. It was Savtos's 17th goal of the season which gives him the team lead in that category.
It's not outrageous to start discussing whether or not the Avs should consider firing Quenville. A true coach is able to motivate his team at the darkest of times and after three straight losses, the Avs are clearly not motivated. There are some good coaches out there and the Avs should start exploring a few of their options. Washington has only gone up since their coaching change earlier this season and it's not likely Quenville will be here in two years anyway.
Welcome Back Arnason!
Tyler Arnason returned to the lineup for the game and logged four shots in 13 mintues of ice time.
Brad Richardson was sent down to Lake Erie.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Marek Svatos (Contributing goals, spark, and energy, Svatos is a 30+ goal scorer once again)
2. Jose Theodore (Welcome back to the top 3 Theo! This game should have been a win)
3. Mike Haynes (Only he can make a meaningless goal sound exciting.
The Avs continue their road trip on Saturday against the Carolina Hurrcianes. Sergei Samsonov is not expected to play for his new team. Expect Theodore to remain in net for the Avs, as he has much more experience against Eastern Conference teams.
Enjoy the NHL 08 Goal of the Year!