Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Avs Avoid Collapse, Defeat Red Wings 5-4

It looked like it was going to be an easy night.

The Avs scored four first period goals - two by Duchene, one each by Stastny and Porter - and chased Detroit's Jimmy Howard from his crease.

It was 4-2 after one, and then 5-2 midway through the second when David Jones scored on a nice move to the backhand. But as usual, the Avs didn't score that "next goal" and allowed Detroit to stick around.

Coming into the game, Detroit's power play against the Avs (for the season) stood at 6 for 12 (50%). That's an outrageous figure.

Tonight, the Wings were 2 for 3 and managed to make it a 5-4 game with 10 minutes to play in the third period.

The Avs managed to save face, shut the door, stay out of the box, and escape with a big two points at home.

Some Notes

-Matt Hunwick continued his atrocious play. Thankfully, I think Joe Sacco has finally started to notice, as he limited Hunwick's ice time to 13:41.

-Then again, Jonas Holos played a paltry 11:03. He was a +1 to Hunwick's -1.

-Tomas Fleischmann's pass to Matt Duchene on Duchene's second goal was a thing of beauty. An all-out hustle play. Props to David Jones for taking a huge hit to start the 2-on-1.

-The penalty killing is going to hold this team back from making any serious noise in the Western Conference. I don't believe the problem is with the forwards. Winnik, O'Reilly, Galiardi, Stastny are all grade-A, defensively responsible guys.

What about the defenseman? It's no secret that the Avs are small. Adam Foote, Ryan Wilson, and Ryan O'Byrne throw some weight around, but none of them are superstar, shutdown d-men.

-Avs had 14 shots in the first, 8 in the second, and 4 in the third. KEEP THE FOOT ON THE PEDAL.

-Todd Bertuzzi sucks.

Avs hit the 50-point mark, they sit in a three-way tie for fourth in the West.

Next Up

Wednesday, Chicago, 8:30 ET
Go Avs.

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