|CGY||1||17:38|| ||10||22||37||41||54|| ||3||4||21||22||25||34||4v5|
|CGY||1||7:30|| ||9||23||27||41||44|| ||3||16||25||28||34|| ||4v4|
|COL||3||10:13|| ||5||23||27||41||54|| ||3||4||12||21||25||34||4v5|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
If you watched this game, you'd never come away with the idea that the Avalanche outchanced the Flames at even strength. They were outshot 29-21. They lost the Corsi battle 55-35 and even if you take out the blocked shots they were still down 35-31. But, my goodness, that's a lot of blocked shots. And many of them happened when Calgary would normally have generated a chance. Three or four times the Flames came into the Avalanche zone 3 on 2 and ended up getting a shot blocked (one good example was with about 13:50 left in the second period). It was uncanny but I think it had as much to do with poor shot selection by the Flames as it did any superior blocking talent by the Avalanche. I mean, these are odd man rushes! You've got more guys than them! Find a lane!
Regardless, the Avalanche did outchance the Flames and played what I thought was a pretty solid game. Even though they were often playing in their zone, the Flames were rarely able to move the puck into dangerous scoring areas and although Craig Anderson had to play well to preserve the win this was game was more of a "team effort" than some of the other Avalanche wins. The team offence was, however, essentially three forwards at EV. Stastny, Jones and the wonderful Wojtek Wolski gave the Flames fits all evening long. It's only by some cosmic joke that Stastny and Wolski ended the night -1. Or at least, that's what I've decided to credit for Quincey breaking his stick on the power play in the second period.
That broken stick play wasn't the funniest of the evening however. Late in the first Quincey was playing a Flame behind the net and the forward he was defending goes down. Immediately Quincey stops playing and looks to the ref to complain about a penalty that wasn't being called. What a guy. Focus on the game until you hear the whistle, son! Just like your buddy Scott Hannan who, in the dying seconds, most definitely deserved an interference penalty. There were only two or three seconds left so Hannan, correctly, decided that the only thing he needed to do was keep the Flame forward in front of him. So he used both hands. This is truly something the NHL should look at. I myself would be very much in favour of any penalty called in the last minute of the third period or overtime resulting in an automatic penalty shot. On more than one occasion I've seen players decide that the rulebook no longer matters when protecting a lead in the dying seconds, and the unfortunate thing is that they're exactly right. It should probably be changed.