Sunday, November 16, 2008

Avs/Clarke/Budaj Steal One vs Oilers

A turnover. What a surprise. Empty net. Game over. Wait a second, the heavily criticized Brett Clark makes the save! HOLY SHAMOLEY. (I'm using hockey lingo, here). Then, with under 15 seconds to go, the Avs made it 6-on-3, Darcy Tucker and Ryan Smyth put themselves in front of Dwayne Roloson, and what do you know, the Avs actually scored thanks to a Jordan Leopold shot from the point and subsequent deflection by Tucker. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

In the shootout, Wolski scored on what appeared to be a half-slapshot move which we haven't seen from him before, and Tucker ended up scoring the winner in the fifth round on a nifty slapshot. Why Hejduk, Svatos, and Smyth all refused to deke, I don't know. 3-2 was your final score.

Shawn Horcoff must feel like crap today. I certainly don't. Peter Budaj and the Avs stole one last night against the Oilers and made it three straight games with a W. Boods is certainly winning me over, but like I said, I'm waiting until he's this consistent over a 6-8 game stretch.

The defense? It was ok. It could have been a lot better and I think all of them made a few egregious turnovers at one point. Right now, Budaj is bailing them out. How long that lasts, I don't know. They need to get it together. If that means benching one of them in favor of Cumiskey or Tjarnqvist, so be it.

Worthy of Note

Smyth finally scored his first goal against the Oilers. Thank you, again.

In the Doghouse

David Jones - Played under seven minutes, a -1, and only had one shot. He's been invisible this year and really hasn't developed a role on this team. I'd like to see Brian Willsie or Per Ledin get a shot while Jones works on getting his confidence up.

Tyler Arnason - It goes without saying that this guy stinks. I'll say it anyway. This guy stinks. He was his usual 0, 0, 0 with a -1 thrown in there for good measure. He turns it over on a consistent basis and when the camera showed the Avalanche bench at one point, he actually had the nerve to take a drink of water. I didn't see much effort on his part. The healthy scratch obviously meant nothing.

Hensick Report

Hensick failed to register a point for the first time since being called up. He was surprisingly invisible except for a hooking penalty in the second period.

Sakic Scratched

Sakic missed the second game of the road trip with his bad back. I don't know what's worse. The fact that our 39-year-old vet has a bad back or the fact that our 39-year-old vet with a bad back is still better than a fully healthy Tyler Arnason.

No Respect Roloson

Rolson's complaining after the tying goal was completely ridiculous. Smyth and Arnason didn't bump him. They screened him, but certainly didn't venture deep into the crease. Roloson was whining all night and was seemingly distracted during that final sequence. He should have been complaining to his defense who let the Avs run wild in front of him.

Three Stars of the Game

1. Peter Budaj (33 saves, brilliant in the third and in shootout)
2. Ryan Smyth (Finally scored, made Roloson look like a bumbling idiot)
3. Darcy Tucker (Trying to win back fans, scored tying goal and shootout winner)

Next Up

Colorado will look to make it a perfect road trip on Wednesday night against the Flames. The Flames have been hot at home this season (6-2-1) while the Avs will look to crawl above .500 in both their overall and road records.

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Mike at MHH said...

I don't want to give Clark TOO much credit. His stupid pass was the catalyst for having to bail the team out with a skate save. +1 -1 = even, IMO.

Geoff Rosenthal said...

Completely agree. I was prepared to spend the entire post ragging on him after he made that pass. But hey, I'll just wait until the next time he turns it over and isn't there to block the shot.

Now let me ask you, would you be opposed to making Clark the backup instead of Raycroft?

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