|COL||1||13:58|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||4||17||22||28||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||1||8:34|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||4||16||24||28||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||1||8:27|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||4||16||24||28||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||1||8:08|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||3||4||17||22||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||1||7:07|| ||8||9||25||26||27||41||4||23||28||34|| || ||5v3|
|COL||1||6:56||Goal||8||9||25||26||27||41||4||23||28||34|| || ||5v3|
|COL||1||5:12|| ||8||25||26||27||41||44||4||11||24||28||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||1||2:41|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||4||23||24||28||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||1||1:45|| ||4||8||16||25||27||41||3||20||22||28||34|| ||5v4|
|CGY||2||16:31|| ||22||37||41||52||55|| ||8||12||16||24||28||34||4v5|
|CGY||2||12:18|| ||4||37||39||41||52|| ||3||5||15||17||22||34||4v5|
|COL||2||4:37|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||5||23||24||28||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||2||4:36|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||5||23||24||28||34|| ||5v4|
|COL||2||4:04|| ||4||5||8||25||26||41||5||23||24||28||34|| ||5v4|
|CGY||3||7:48|| ||22||27||37||41||55|| ||3||4||12||21||23||34||4v5|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
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.