The Sharks were better.
They made crisper passes, played better defensively, and they had better goaltending.
You have to hand it to the Avs. They kept on fighting to the final whistle. Consistently down by two goals, they kept battling back to pull it within one, but they ultimately fell short after 60 minutes of play.
The good news? It seems that the Avs have a pattern. Expect five straight wins to put the Avs at 10-6. Not bad, actually.
Late in the game, Granato had Sakic playing with Wolski and Hejduk while Stastny was centering Smyth and Tucker. Sadly, Tyler Arnason was still centering NHL players.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Milan Hejduk (Another goal, another good game)
2. Joe Sakic (Should have had a goal, good on faceoffs)
3. Ryan Smyth (Worked hard, six shots)
Oh Yeah, That's Defense
The Avs seem to be hopelessly clueless whenever faced with a forecheck. Instead of retreating and cylcing in the defensive zone, the Avs need to try to skate forwards when they have the puck. It might help limit the number of turnovers right in front of Budaj. But hey, I'm just a blogger.
Useless, as always.
Tonight, Chicago, 8:30 PM ET. Budaj will be between the pipes as the Avs hope not to give up a highlight goal to Toews.
The highlight goal: