It was 3-3 when I got back. Chris Stewart had scored a hat trick. Then Calgary scored.
So I left the room until the third period started.
By now you've heard the tidbits:
-Chris Stewart hat trick
-Three assist game for Ryan O'Reilly
-John-Michael Liles' point streak snapped
-Daniel Winnik game-winner
-Kyle Cumiskey was a +3 despite possibly earning a possible healthy scratch for being absolutely terrible
Peter Budaj wasn't terrible last night (the majority of the goals were not his fault) but the defense continues to struggle and Budaj isn't going to bail them out as much as Anderson does. No matter what, though, this SHOULD NOT be the defensive group at season's end. A trade or signing or something must change.
Kyle Cumiskey is in the doghouse right now and if given the option, I think most Avalanche fans would want to be rid of him. The critique on him has always been that he's a poor-man's Liles. Now that #4 is finally playing well at the beginning of the season, Cumiskey is expendable. This is especially true if you consider that Shattenkirk, Cohen, and Gaunce are all likely to be with the Avs either next year or the year after.
Next game's scratches are going to tell me a lot about where Joe Sacco's head is. I want Cumiskey scratched, I want David Liffiton (see below) in, and I want Chris Stewart to keep playing out of his mind.