|VAN||3||17:12|| ||22||26||27||37||41|| ||3||6||14||18||30||33||4v5|
|VAN||3||14:20|| ||9||22||27||37||41|| ||5||17||21||23||26||30||4v5|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
For the second game in a row the Avalanche did not have a good game by scoring chances. Although they started well in the first period they weren't able to generate any chances through the last two periods. On special teams, the penalty kill was very good but the power play looked awful. Joe Sacco called a timeout just prior to the Avalanche playing 0:35 of 5v3 in the first period and his team responded by generating absolutely nothing. No chances. No shots. I was deceived by John-Michael Liles early on, but no more! He really is just Marc-Andre Bergeron but worse at EV. In the big picture, the Avalanche have been outchanced badly over the last three games and they've only lost two of them, so they can't be too distraught with the results. The process, on the other hand, needs some work. After winning the chances battle for several games the last three games of this road trip have really seen their play regress.
Wojtek Wolski didn't get anything done in this game. He's been one of Colorado's more consistent players by scoring chances so far this year but tonight he just wasn't able to generate anything. That said, it's more than likely just an off game. Wolski is a great player.
There were two moments in this game that were particularly entertaining. The first was a comment by the Avalanche broadcast crew on the Canucks during the third period: "when they get the puck they're not just giving it back to the Avalanche and reverting back into their own zone." Now, this comment was bang on... except that as he was in the middle of making it the Canucks dumped the puck into the Avalanche zone and then pressed them with something closer to an 0-3-2 than a 1-2-2. I though it was funny. The other play was Ryan Kesler in clock-killing mode in the last five minutes of the third period (Kesler's a fanstastic player). Anyway, he'd been controlling the puck in the offensive zone with Adam Foote was working on him for about five or ten seconds. Then Kesler decided to break around the net. Foote didn't follow him. Kesler must have thought he was going to because he promptly leaned in with an arm out - as though there was another player with him - and biffed into the net. Hilarious.
At any rate, the Avalanche finally get some extended time at home over the next few weeks. It will be interesting to see whether (and more likely how much) their scoring chance rates improve.