Patrick Kane, the leading rookie scorer and #1 draft pick for the Chicago Blackhawks cruised in on Jose Theodore and scored a beautiful goal early in the first period. That was the only goal the Blackhawks would score in regulation.
Thankfully, Andrew Brunette got that goal back on a nice play where Hlinka and Hejduk both contributed.
Sadly, Brunette's goal was also Colorado's only one in regulation.
The Brunette-Hlinka-Hejduk line will be a critical point producer in the coming weeks. With the loss of all of thse offensive stars, the scoring will need to come from somewhere and this line is your best bet.
Defensively, the Avs continued to play well. Theodore made 22/23 saves in the game and Jeff Finger logged 27 minutes of ice time while Karlis Skrastins logged 24.
A telling statistic? ZERO shots for Marek Svatos. He's a guy who needs to continue to score and to do that you obviously need to put the puck on net.
Marek Svatos: Miss
Wojtek Wolski: Miss
Milan Hejduk: GOAL
Jaroslav Hlinka: Miss
Patrick Kane: Goal
Martin Havlat: SAVE
Patrick Sharp: SAVE
Robert Lang: Goal
When it comes to shootouts, Theodore has been one of the best in the NHL, but the Blackhawks have some good shooters, especially Havlat and Kane.
For the Avs, i have to wonder why Hensick was shooting? Why not Brunette, Arnason, or even someone like Brett Clark?
Three Stars of the Game
1. Jaroslav Hlinka (Needed to step up and did that with an assists on the lone goal)
2. Andrew Brunette (Scored the goal by driving to the next, will need to do it more often)
3. Jose Theodore (Another fine efforT)
The Avs are back at it TONIGHT on the NHL Network. They take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team they have had more success against then any team in franchise history. (Not so great this season, however) Expect Theodore to get the start.
Please enjoy these great athletes - and their crying ways.
And props to Ryan Smyth!