Monday, December 27, 2010

Avs/Wings Bullet Points

4-3 OT loss to the Western Conference leading Detroit Red Wings tonight.
Bullet points in no particular order:

-If special teams didn't exist, I could make the case for the Avalanche to be the Stanley Cup favorites. But tonight they go 1 for 6 on the power play and give up three goals to Detroit's power play, including the game-winner.

-Matt Duchene continues to be the most clutch Avs since Sakic. When the Avs needed a goal tonight, Duchene was the one to do it with under three minutes to go in the game.

-Brutal night for Shattenkirk. He took a wicked hard slap shot straight to the face. He did end up returning.

-Speaking of his return, props to the crowd tonight. Booing Bertuzzi has become the norm at these games, and cheering when Shattenkirk touched the puck upon his return was good stuff. The crowds at the Pepsi Center have been great these last couple of weeks, and the players DO notice this stuff. Evidence: Matt Duchene's Twitter.

-Bizarre night of goals. Four goals were scored in the first, zero in the second, two apiece in the final ten minutes of the third, and then the OT winner.

-Avs had 23 shots in the second and nothing to show for it. They deserved better.

-Budaj continues to be average in net.

-Giving Chris Osgood his 400th win sucks. He's overrated and shouldn't (but probably will) be in the Hall of Fame when he finally retires.

-Anyone else sick of Haynes' and McNab's constant praising of the Red Wings? Their love affair with Osgood and Johan Franzen tonight was mind-numbing.

-Avs are in a four-way tie for fourth in the West with 43 points.

-Avalanche showed that they can keep up with Detroit. In the past few years, it has been Detroit that has dominated time of possession and shots, but things are starting to shift.

-Back in action on Thursday against the Oilers (9:30 ET) and New Year's Eve Friday versus the Flames (9:00 ET). Both teams are at the bottom of the Western Conference in points.

-Hope everyone is enjoying a great holiday season!

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