|CBJ||2||11:39|| ||22||26||27||31||37|| ||1||6||18||20||51||61||4v5|
|CBJ||2||10:58|| ||8||15||31||44||52|| ||1||10||14||16||50||93||4v5|
|COL||2||3:17|| ||4||5||8||16||31||39||1||3||18||25||51|| ||5v4|
|COL||2||1:50|| ||8||16||22||27||31||40||1||8||18||22||25|| ||5v4|
|CBJ||3||18:01|| ||5||26||31||39||44|| ||1||10||18||20||51||61||4v5|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
Depite Craig Anderson missing his second consecutive game due to injury, goaltending was the big positive difference in this game for the Avalanche. Peter Budaj put in a second consecutive good start and - as has been so often the case this year for the Blue Jackets - Steve Mason didn't have a particularly good game. The third Avalanche goal in particular is probably one that Mason would like to have back.
Despite being outchanced, the Avs actually looked pretty good in this game. Wojtek Wolski in particular created several very good chances (he and Stastny played a lot and a lot together on this fine evening with the third member of that trio being a bit of a revolving door). Even though he was outchanced on the night, before I tallied everything up I would have said he was the best player on the ice for either team. If chance "quality" were a part of this exercise the Avalanche, and Wolski in particular, would fare quite a bit better.
One area that the Avs didn't look so good was on the power play. They did manage to generate two chances on the power play but neither chance was because of astute passing or good decision-making. The first came on a brutal turnover from the Columbus defender and the second came off a lucky bounce after a blocked shot. Over their last three games the Avalanche have averaged about one scoring chance for every two and a half minutes of power play time. It's an area of the game that needs to be better.
Joe Sacco also decided to put David Koci back into the lineup after a one game hiatus against the Penguins. I thought for sure watching Eric Godard take a penalty and then watching his team score on the power play would cure Sacco of this habit. His team saw maximum benefit from the opposition playing a goon! Clarity! Unfortunately, this was not the case. Instead Koci was put back into the lineup and the vastly superior Chris Durno was relegated to the press-box.
The game's conclusion was definitely exciting. After Columbus narrowed the gap to 3-2 with about five minutes left the Avs dominated keeping the puck in the Blue Jackets zone and even generating one good scoring chance off the stick of Scott Hannan while protecting the one-goal lead. But then, the Blue Jackets got the puck deep and pulled the goalie and moved the puck toward the net. Suddenly the puck was over the line and it seemed the Jackets had made a comeback. However, the puck was put under the net into the goal instead of over the goal-line and the goal was rightly waved off. But what the refs seemed to miss was the reason for the net coming up, namely one Mr. Kyle Quincey who had backed right into the net. It probably should have been a penalty shot for the Blue Jackets. Then again, the Avs had a good goal waved off last game against the Penguins. It just goes to show... bad officiating is spread around randomly and you never quite know when your team might benefit.