Saturday, November 22, 2008

Semi-Live Game Blog [Colorado @ LA]

First Period

5:48 remaining: I'm just coming in from listening to the game on the radio and the score is tied 0-0. Kings on the PP and I have to say, I'm not pleased that the Avs continue to take penalties.

4:21: Yaaay. Avs PP. Maybe we'll see a GOAAAAAALLLLL! What are the odds we see Wolski, Stastny, Hejduk, Smyth, and Liles out there to start?

2:50: GOAL BABY GOAL. THE DUKE on a beautiful shot from the off-wing. Hejduk continues an already impressive season with the 9th of his career. The power came up big for once. Now the Avs need to work on building the game. Hensick and Salei will be credited with assists.

24 seconds: Kings almost had one but one of the Kings couldn't get his stick on it.

But it's 14-13 Colorado in shots and it's a rarity for the Kings to allow so many in the first. With a 1-0 lead, the Avs just need to keep driving on the offensive end.

Quick Note: David Jones has been scratched for this game. Brian Willsie was recalled earlier this week and is playing on a line with Arnason and Tucker. Sakic is still out with his back injury and Guite was placed on IR.

Intermission

Uh, I just sat through an LA Kings fashion show. If I lived in LA and was simply a casual hockey fan, why in the world would I ever attend a game? Mites on Ice ftw.

2nd Period

17:47 left: Butt end of a Kings PP. Avs look to have it under control but Drew Doughty is really, really impressive. The Avs are missing a really young, promising defenseman at the moment.

16:45: Arnason took a shot and it was deflected into the netting. The Kings announcers immediately started talking about All Star voting. Arnason and All Star should never be used in two consecutive sentences.

15:31: Frolov literally tapped Scott Hannan's stick and they called it slashing. I thought hockey was supposed to be a contact sport? Actually, Frolov's stick actually fell out of his own hands. Terrible call. I like it.

14:43: Trying to be too cute on the power play isn't alwaus best. Get pucks on net and knock in the rebounds.

14:01: WOLSKI GOAL! What a pass by Darcy Tucker. It's hard to root for this guy after his alleged cheap shot earlier this year, but that was a sweet looking pass. Tucker skated to the side of the net and gave Wolski a perfect chance in front of a net. Liles picks up the assist as well. 2-0 Avs and 2/2 on the PP.

13:09: Adam Foote just got cheap shotted hard into the boards. He's lying on the ice and the paramedics are coming out. Lapperiere is out there doing his thing and McCormick is backing him up. This is not looking good. Foote was shoved head first into the boards by a two-hand push by King forward John Zeiler. No penalty on the hit but we may see something from this scrum. Meanwhile, Ryan Smyth and an Avalanche trainer is helping him off the ice. He looks ok for now.

If this game stays true to the trend set by the rest of the NHL, John Zeiler is now a target for the remainder of the game.

Tons of penalties being assessed. Ian Laperriere and Cody McLeod is in the box for two minutes, each for roughing. Cody McCormick is in the box for five minutes for fighting. On the Kings side, John Zeiler received a five minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct. He also received two mintues for roughing. Matt Green was given five mintues for fighting.

So after two minutes of 2-on-2, the Avs will have a three minte major power play.

11:59: Stastny passed it to Wolski and Wolski decided to pass it back for some reason. Shoot first, pass later. Wolski was inbetween the circles and should have tried to make a play.

11:09: Doughty just made an awesome move but failed to get a shot off.

11:06: 3 minute major beings. A goal would be dandy.

8:06: Avs PP comes back down to Earth. I don't even think they got a shot.

Crap, don't look now. Wolski just took a four-minute high-sticking penalty. (At least The Great Willsie will come onto the ice again!)

5:15: Kings score on the PP. Avs had plenty of chances to clear but they still can't seem to effectively ice the puck at any time other than even strength.

4:55: Another penalty on the Avs. When it rains, it pours.

3:45: Stastny without a stick but the puck is cleared.

Update on Adam Foote: Back injury; his return is doubtful. Hannan will have to step up his game as the lone member of the shut down pairing.

1:42: Stoll takes a penalty. Holding the stick says the referee. Descriptive name. I don't have to explain this one. Not like that stupid slashing penalty.

:10: The Avs apply pressure but don't actually shoot the puck on the power play. The two used to go hand in hand.

Second Intermission

It's past midnight and I've had a long day. Time for a rousing game of Hearts. Oh, and check out this article about Roy's retired jersey in Montreal:

Roy's Retired Jersey (Montreal Style)

It's a great honor for him and I'm glad the Montreal fans decided not to hold a grudge.

Wow...that hearts game was terrible. Whatever, third period coming up.

Third Period

The situation is this. The Avs have had the lead the entire game. Their leader, Adam Foote, was taken out of the game thanks to a cheap shot. If they lose this game, this season is done. Maybe not completely. Obviously they'll still be very much alive and there is every possibility that they might win the Presidents trophy. But if they can't pull this game out against an inferior team, then something is seriously wrong.

19:29 left: Colorado PP over.

19:11: Kings tie the game. Patrick O'Sullivan was unguarded behind the Avalanche net, recovered a rebound, and pro15ceeded to roof the puck past Budaj. 2-2.

18:45: Arnason was just slightly robbed. It's a miracle he was even in position to get a shot off.

17:57: Dustin Brown puts the Kings ahead with a weak one. Budaj had it between the pads and it squeaked through. It was shoddy defense and bad goaltending. 3-2 Kings and I can hear the world falling apart around me.

16:33: Hensick just hit the post but it looks like the Avs are back to the dump-and-chase offense. Afterall, it's been so effective in the past couple of games.

15:58: The game was just announced as a sellout and the supposed capacity crowd cheered like they were filling around 60% of the seats.

15:29: STASTNY TIES IT. Paul Stasny scores his first goal in eight games and his first goal at even strength this season. Hannan made a nice "slap-pass" to Stastny who deflected it into the net. 3-3.

Russell Martin is shown in the audience. The Tampa Bay Rays star catcher and resident Canadian mentioned Roy's jersey retirement but the interviewer was more interested in his Thanksgiving plans. Too bad. I would have liked to hear him talk about hockey a bit.

13:00: Clarke turns the puck over which leads to two good scoring chances for the Kings.

11:42: Another Colorado player injured. This time it's Wolski. He lost his balance as he was getting hit and it definitely looked to be accidental. He's being helped off the ice and will hopefully return. Not a good night for the health of this team.

5:32: It's been a long day and now my Internet is going in and out. Perfect. Anyway, it's still 3-3. The Avs will hopefully be able to win this is regulation and not give away any more points,

3:20: Smyth, Svatos, and Stastny (The "S" Line) create havoc aroudnd the net. It looked like Smyth had a goal for a minute but the black disk stayed out.

3:03: Colorado penalty. Excellent time for that, eh? Hooking on Darcy Tucker in the neutral zone.

1:02: Penalty killed and the Avs just put a little pressure on the Kings. Now they'll have a faceoff in the LA zone with less than a minute to play.

34 seconds: Kings fail to clear two times and the Avs manage to whiff on both of their chances. Ryan Smyth is pushed into the net, ending all hope for a decent night's sleep.

Overtime


Kings outshooting the Avs 30-28 through regulation. Budaj has been decent but not extraordinary. The rest of the team has looked ok. The third period looked more like the games against Calgary than the first and second periods did.

OVERTIME REORDS:
Avs: 3-0 (all three in shootouts)
Kings: 2-2

4:35 left: Budaj makes a glove save on Drew Doughty who completely faked out an Avalanche forward.

4:13: Avs turn the puck over, get it back, get a scoring chance. This team is tough to watch sometimes.

3:07: Hensick let his inexperience show. He played with the puck at the Kings blueline instead of getting it deep and Anze Kopitar nearly ended it before colliding with Budaj.

2:38: Another turnover in the neutral zone by Colorado. Anyone counting?

8 seconds: Faceoff in the Avs zone. Won by the Avs. We're going to a shootout. Hold on to your seats folks.

The Shootout

The Avs are 3-0 in the shootout this year and I'm sure we'll be seeing Wolski-Hejduk-Svatos (in that order).

Uh, major brain freeze. Wolski, the Avs best shootout performer by far, is out. So the order is Svatos-Hejduk-Smyth.

Kings Shooter: Patrick O'Sullivan
-Tries to shoot to the stick side but Budaj makes the save

Avs Shooter: Marek Savtos
-Goes right down the middle, dekes to the backhand and slides it through the five hole for the goal!!!


Kings Shooter: Dustin Brown
-Skates in and simply shoots the puck towards the five hole. Budaj comes up BIG again!

Avalanche Shooter: Milan Hejduk
-Hejduk makes the goalie look silly as he fakes the shoot, goes to the backhand, and has all day to put it home.

AVS WIN! AVS WIN! AVS WIN!!!!!! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH....AVS WIN!

Yeah, pretty awesome win. Actually, not really...but it's late and I can't critique.

Three Stars of the Game


1. Milan Hejduk (Started things off well and scored the clincher in the shootout)
2. Paul Stastny (Strong offensively tonight, finally scored 5-on-5)
3. Peter Budaj (A few chinks in his armor but he came up huge in the shootout)

Next Up

Don't know, don't care. I'll check the schedule tomorrow. I'm going to bed. Avs win.

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