I will tell you what. I do not like the person who schedules the games for the Avalanche. There have been like four times this year where Colorado have has had four days off in a row, but the idea of traveling to Canada for two games in two days does not warrant a rest day? Actually after this next game against St. Louis the Avalanche have four days off for the All-star weekend/break. Hopefully the Avalanche don’t lose to the Blues on Thursday because it wouldn’t bode well for the tone of the break.
Last night’s loss was expected despite what I predicted, I did not want to watch because i knew they were going to lose after not scoring through the first. The Canadiens wore them down throughout the first period and scored two quick goals. The first goal was scored by Nicolas Delauriers (7) who slammed home a blocked shot off the stick of Drouin.
The second goal was a PPG by Alex Galchenyuk (12), Galy finished off a muffed pass that was sent to Paul Byron. while he was sitting on the Back door.
The bleeding did not stop there former Halifax Moosehead, no not Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin sent home his seventh goal of the season to put the Canadiens up 3-0 early in the 3rd period. This goal I have some qualms with. It is purely a defensive breakdown. Not soul was challenged entering the zone and Jeff Petry found Drouin driving the back door for an easy tap in goal.
Of all people Erik Johnson, the most senior person on the defense should have not been watching the puck but picking up his guy in front. I am going write this one up as a little fatigue from playing the night before. Another problem with the play is that we have 2 guys (Girard and Comeau) covering Petry as he drives the outside. Comeau should have peeled off and been looking for Pacioretty gliding through the middle, who was also wide open. Just abysmal.
Who but Nathan MacKinnon would start the scoring for the Avs in this game? This was MacKinnons 24th on the year. A wicked wrister from the point abusing a three man screen in-front and going top-corns on Carey Price.
4 Minutes later Brendan Gallagher sealed the game with an empty-netter. but you don’t need to see that. JT Compher (8) though, they need to upgrade his shooting accuracy and and speed in NHL 18 because this kid can fly and snipe. Compher breaks into the zone with Nail Yakupov and fires once, blocked, collects the puck again and fires and finds the same corner that big MacK found earlier in the game.
I think we found Carey price’s weakness, top glove for anyone who is wondering. The Avs need this off day today to get ready for the blues on Thursday. Let’s see if the Avalanche can maintain their playoff hopes going forward.