There are some who say Super Joe has lost a step. Judging by last night, nothing is further from the truth.
It would be easy to say we all expected an Avs blowout when Andrew Brunette and Milan Hejduk put Colorado up 2-0 early on. This was right after Jose Theodore made possibly the best save of his entire career.
But three straight Edmonton goals put the blowout into question. From that point on, it was a real sea-saw of a game.
Brunette scored his second of the night but Sam Gagner eventually gave the Oilers the lead back. That takes us to our key moment.
With under a minute to go and the goalie pulled, Joe Sakic won not one, but TWO faceoffs in the Oilers' zone. With under 10 seconds to play, the Avs, putting on tremendous pressure through the puck to the front of the net when Super Joe put a wrist shot above Roloson's right shoulder. The goal set the Pepsi Center off into the frenzy and it was amazing to see the players on the ice jump up and down - partially because of disbelief and partly because of happiness.
In overtime, the teams eventually played their way to the shootout.
Wojtek Wolski - GOAL
Robert Nilsson - Goal
Joe Sakic - GOAL
Sam Gagner - SAVE
Milan Hejduk - GOAL
The Avs won the shootout and the game by a score of 5-4.
It was easily one of the most exciting games we've seen all season. Theodore's save, the last second goal, the thrilling shootout - it was exciting - a great night of hockey.
Peter Forsberg had his second consecutive three assist night. However, Forsberg was not on the Avalanche bench for OT and did not skate out when his name was called a three star. There are no reports on a major injury.
Don't Stop Believin'
Ever since Forsberg and Foote rejoined the Avalanche, there has been a big change in the confidence of the players. There's a stronger feeling about the possiblity of coming back in games. The defense has improved tremendously and Avalanche fans no longer shrudder when the D tries to make outlet passes.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Peter Forsberg (Second consecutive three assist night, playing phsyical)
2. Joe Sakic (Tied the game with 6 seconds left, won key faceoffs)
3. Andrew Brunette (2 Goals, 1 Assist)
The Avs will play their next game SUNDAY at 6 PM EST against the Minnesota Wild.
On the Bubble
This win went along way in maintaining a playoff spot. By the way, you'll notice that Dallas is the newest edition to this chart.
5. Dallas - 92 Points (4 Games Remaining)
6. Calgary - 90 Points (5 Games Remaining)
7. COLORADO - 90 POINTS (3 Games Remaining)
8. Nashville - 86 Points (4 Games Remaining)
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9. Vancouver - 86 Points (4 Games Remaining)
10 Edmonton - 84 Points (3 Games Remaining)
Northwest Division Leader: Minnesota Wild - 93 Points - 3 Games Remaining
A reminder to everyone that Colorado still plays Minnesota twice this seaosn. In order to stay in the race for the division, they MUST win tomorrow.
Tomorrow Night's Key Games
Nashville vs Detroit
The Predators have more wins than the Canucks and with Detroit struggling, a win is certainly possible in this key stretch game.
Dallas vs Anaheim
The Avs are now chasing Dallas for the 5th seed (although I think most would rather see Colorado play the third seeded NW Division winner) but a higher seed is usually the goal.
Calgary vs Vancouver
The Nucks have lost three straight and Calgary is looking to stay in the division race. Luongo's wife finally had her baby. Perhaps this will clear his head?
Enjoy Jose Theodore absolutely robbing Dustin Penner in the first period.