Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Avalanche v. Flames - Scoring Chances #35

TmPTimeNoteCOLOpponent
COL115:30
589394152412152134445v5
COL113:58
458252641417222834
5v4
CGY19:09
162737414455417222534445v5
COL18:34
458252641416242834
5v4
COL18:27
458252641416242834
5v4
COL18:08
45825264134172234
5v4
COL17:07
89252627414232834

5v3
COL16:56Goal89252627414232834

5v3
COL15:12
82526274144411242834
5v4
COL12:41
458252641423242834
5v4
COL11:45
4816252741320222834
5v4
CGY219:35
82526414452320212528345v5
CGY216:31
2237415255
812162428344v5
COL214:25
92227293941315172228345v5
COL214:24
92227293941315172228345v5
CGY212:18
437394152
35151722344v5
COL210:49
5825264144423242528345v5
COL210:45
5825264144412242528345v5
COL210:44Goal82225262741412242528345v5
CGY29:28Goal162229374152315172234445v5
CGY27:05
4516374155812212334445v5
COL24:37
458252641523242834
5v4
COL24:36
458252641523242834
5v4
COL24:04
458252641523242834
5v4
COL22:42Goal9162739414434162034445v5
CGY20:05
9222537415234121620345v5
CGY318:26
82225262741312212328345v5
CGY38:22
4916274155812212223445v5
CGY37:48
2227374155
34122123344v5
CGY36:45Goal1541445255
515172228344v5
CGY32:30
8222737394134122123345v5
CGY30:17
22262737394134121517215v5
CGY30:04
22262737394134121517215v5


#PlayerEVPPSH
4J. LILES9:53026:45900:2901
5B. CLARK8:12316:17803:1200
8W. WOLSKI12:21436:481001:4900
9M. DUCHENE11:43423:29000:0000
15M. HENDRICKS5:34000:09001:5801
16D. TUCKER11:03144:26100:0000
22S. HANNAN17:36360:40003:3302
25C. STEWART11:36336:341000:0000
26P. STASTNY11:25346:08901:5400
27K. QUINCEY12:29464:07204:3301
28D. KOCI0:02000:00000:0000
29R. STOA8:16211:06000:0000
37R. O'REILLY15:18070:09005:0103
39T. GALIARDI15:23432:32005:2601
41C. ANDERSON39:1271010:231009:3704
43J. MERCIER2:30000:00000:2600
44R. WILSON13:53322:53102:2301
52A. FOOTE17:07130:10005:0403
55C. MCLEOD11:39030:00002:4003


PeriodTotalsEVPP5v3 PPSH5v3 SH
11011170200000
2966430000200
3070500000200
4000000000000
Totals1914710100200400

I should first mention that Kent Wilson also scored this game for the Flames and I'm pleased to report that it looks like we were watching the same game. There were a few discrepancies on when the chances happened but we did end up with the same total. And the game was an interesting one with the Avalanche dominating the first period thanks to five power play opportunities (Calgary didn't have any) while Calgary took control of the flow in the third mostly because the Avalanche were sitting back and protecting the lead. The first period was so bad in terms of the PP disparity that it was disappointing for the Avs that they only scored one goal. That said, they looked great on special teams, generating lots of chances on the PP and really limiting the Flames on the PK. Through two periods at EV, the Avanlanche were ahead 7-5 in scoring chances so I'd definitely say that they were full value for this win. It's also their third consecutive game coming out on top in the scoring chance department, with the last two in pretty dominating fashion. Dare I say, the Avalanche have been impressive over the last couple.

Probably the most interesting "play" of the game was Mark Giordano "getting cut" by a high-stick. And yet the Avalanche player only got a two-minute penalty. Now, Giordano was definitely cut above his lip so... did the ref accuse him of cutting himself on the bench? I've long thought that this would be a pretty good - and completely unsportsmanlike - strategy (i.e. cut yourself slightly before the game and then open yourself up if you get high-sticked) but I didn't think it (or a variation) was actually being used. And yet I can't think of any other reason for Giordano not to get that call. Strange.

Back to the Avs, I'm especially impressed by this effort given who the Avalanche played at forward. David Koci played only 0:02 all game (stop putting this guy in the lineup), Justin Mercier played 2:30 and Matt Hendricks played 5:34 at EV and 1:58 on the PK. So you'd think the Avalanche were basically playing a three-line game and I guess they were but some of the guys who are left aren't exactly impressive. Ryan Stoa made his NHL debut, Cody McLeod kind of sucks, plus the two eighteen year-olds and Darcy Tucker. There also wasn't a lot of line-matching going on with the forwards (there was on D) which means you had Jarome Iginla spent just over a third of his ice-time against the O'Reilly and McLeod. And the Avs won! Looking at those forwards it just seems like all of the skepticism around this team is warranted. But, as I said, they won - and they even won the chances battle this time.

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