|CGY||2||15:54|| ||5||37||39||41||52|| ||3||4||12||15||22||34||4v5|
|CGY||2||15:45|| ||5||18||26||41||52|| ||5||15||17||22||28||34||4v5|
|CGY||2||14:58|| ||5||18||26||41||52|| ||5||15||17||22||28||34||4v5|
|CGY||2||0:47|| ||8||22||27||39||41|| ||3||4||12||20||21||34||4v5|
|CGY||3||6:28|| ||18||22||27||41||54|| ||5||12||20||21||28||34||4v5|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
This game was very interesting because, in general, it wasn't a very exciting game to watch. Both teams played well defensively, especially Calgary, and the result was fewer chances than I've counted for any game to this point. For the Avalanche, 8 chances is a new mark of futility and being outchanced by nearly double is fantastically bad. It's the first time the Avalanche have won while being grossly outchanced in a while but if their play at EV (and on the PP) doesn't improve this fast start will be followed by a rather rapid decline. And yet Wojtek Wolski's winning goal in the third period was a thing of absolute beauty that makes your forget all about numbers. With another game on the + side of ledger under his belt I'm beginning to feel comfortable calling Wolski Colorado's best forward so far this season (Craig Anderson almost has best player of the entire season locked up after thirteen games). While Colorado's other big forwards have been getting beat up a bit by scoring chances Wolski has not and he's mixed in some simply outstanding plays to go along with his consistency. As an Oiler fan he reminds me a little bit of a more north-south version of Ales Hemsky. Of course, Hemsky took a major leap forward at age 22 and Wolski is now 23, but if Wolski can maintain his current pace it may not end up a bad comparison.
Dear Don Vanmassenhoven, Olli Jokinen made an egregious dive with about eight minutes to go in the game and you called a penalty. And it wasn't for diving. To think you could have had your praises sung loudly and proudly right here on this little piece of the internet. Instead, I heap shame upon you for encouraging the entirely too frequent practice of diving. Shame on you.
I noticed the broadcast crew a couple of times this game (I was watching the Avalanche feed). The first time was off a faceoff in the offensive zone. Matt Duchene won the faceoff and the play-by-play guy sounded just shocked, like it's never happened. When I looked up his faceoff percentage I see he's currently sitting at 39.9% over 168 faceoffs. While the play-by-play man probably shouldn't have sounded so shocked, if Duchene plans on being an NHL center over the long haul, that's an area that is going to need to improve.
The second time I noticed the commentators was when they mentioned Joe Sacco's start as an NHL coach. Apparently the only two guys who had a better start through twelve games are Marc Crawford (terrible) and Mario Tremblay (at least he was good for the Avalanche). That graph was supposed to show how great Sacco had done but to me it just screamed, "The first twelve games don't mean much at all!"
The power play was again very bad for the Avalanche. It's amazing because it had gone so well to start the year and it didn't look like a run of luck. The puck was moving quickly and some of the guys on the power play had been solid performers there in the past. Hopefully for the Avalanche John-Michael Liles is the one who makes that thing go, otherwise his return is going to be very underwhelming.