Things started off somewhat normally. The Stars took it to the Avs right away, drew an early penalty, and were shut down by a spectacular Jose Theodore glove save. But unfortuantly, the Avs didn't gain any momentum from that save and gave up a goal seconds lated. Two minutes later, another goal was scored.
To make a long story short, the Stars scored again in the second and won the game 3-0.
Both Adam Foote and Peter Forsberg did not play for what appear to be minor injuries. Both are supposed to be back for the Atlanta game on Tuesday night.
Early on in the game, both Ruslan Salei and Jordan Leopold left the game with injuries. Neither returned. Already shorthanded, Jeff Finger and JM Liles played 26 minutes and Scott Hannan played for a brutal 32 minutes.
Salei appears to have a broken eye socket which was the result of an early first period fight. His return could be anywhere from a week to a month.
Jaroslav Hlinka was in the lineup for the first time since the trade deadline.
The Avalanche had just one shot in the first period.
Jose Theodore was pulled after the second period. The goals were not Theodore's fault and it is more likely that the switch was made to try and light a spark under the Avs. Peter Budaj made five saves in the third.
Jeff Jillson has been recalled from the minors. However, I would not expect him to play as Leopold and Foote are expected back for Tuesday's game and Kyle Cumiskey will fill in for somebody if needed.
The Scott Parker Experience
Want a crazy stat? Scott Parker, the Avalanche enforcer who barely plays two minutes a game has been in the lineup seven times since February 22nd. The Avs are 7-0. In the games he hasn't dressed? 0-2.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Scott Hannan (32 minutes, still playing good hockey)
No one provided any spark for this club. Stastny and Sakic need to provide some offensive juice.
The Avs will try to avenge this loss on TUESDAY NIGHT against the Atlanta Thrashers. Game time is 7 PM EST.
On the Bubble
After failing to take over the division lead last night, things still look ok for the Avs.
6. Calgary - 80 Points (14 Games Remaining)
7. COLORADO - 80 POINTS (12 GAMES REMAINING)
8. Vancouver - 78 Points (14 Games Remaining)
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9. Nashville - 78 Points (12 Games Remaining)
Northwest Division Leader: Minnesota Wild - 81 Points - 12 Games Remaining
The Predators are starting to lose ground as they are a game behind the Avs with the same amount of games played. Vancouver has two games in hand while the Avs still have games left to play against Calgary, Minnesota, and Vancouver.
Tonight's Key Games
Calgary vs St. Louis
The Flames have two games-in-hand over the Avs and will hopefully lose that advantage. It needs to start tonight with a regulation loss against the Blues.
Vancouver vs Los Angeles
Although it's not likely, LA will be in the hearts of every Colorado fan as they take on another team with two games-in-hand.
Enjoy the Avs-Nucks shootout from February 27th!