One of the few saves made by Craig Anderson in Colorado's 7-1 decimation of the Senators (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
The Avs just got done dismantling former netminder, Craig Anderson, and the Ottawa Senators.
The numbers speak for themselves:
-39-16 shot advantage for the Avalanche, including an 18-4 first period
-4/6 on the power play
-Four third period goals
Looking back, this game could have gone in a completely different direction. The Senators scored just four minutes into the game (on the power play and on their first shot) and if this Avalanche team came close to resembling last year's, that might have been all the inspiration Colorado needed to pack it in for the night. Instead, the Avs capitalized on a power play of their own just three minutes later. From that point forward, they owned the night. They didn't let the Senators gain any momentum, and they put together a full sixty minute effort. Beautiful.
The goal scorers for tonight:
Milan Hejduk (PP)
Gabriel Landeskog (Second career goal, second straight game)
Joakim Lindstrom (Two goals in first career game)
Matt Duchene (First of the season)
Daniel Winnik (First of the season)
David Jones (First of the season)
Ryan O'Reily also added three assists, while Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson each had two of their own.
Overall, this was an important game for the Avs, even though it only counts as two points. Thus far, the team had been struggling to score. Now that a lot of key players picked up their first points of the year (especially Duchene and Stastny), the offense should start coming a lot easier.
It's also worthy to note that Peter Mueller was a healthy scratch tonight. It's going to be hard to take Lindstrom out of the lineup after his performance, so it should be interesting to see who Sacco chooses to sit. (Perhaps TJ Galiardi? He was promoted to the Stastny line in place of David Jones, but Gali put up straight zeroes on the board tonight and played a team low 10:14.)
It was a fun game to watch. Still, it's only one game. Let's see if they can continue this streak against the Habs.
Three Avalanche Stars
1. Joakim Lindstrom (Two goals and five shots in NHL debut)
2. Gabriel Landeskog (GWG, one assist, three shots, living up to the early hype)
3. The Avalanche Team (Let's see more!)
Montreal. Saturday. 7PM ET.
Here's Ryan Wilson sticking up for Gabriel Landeskog: