Last night the Avalanche took on the Vancouver Canucks and lost, but in OT. This is a bad Vancouver team, they have been bad for some time now. 3 game losing streak. The Avalanche once again went down 2-0, same deal as when they lost to the Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues. Thats three games in a row where they had to surmount a 2 goal deficit.
The first goal was scored by Bo Horvat (11) on a semi breakaway brought to us by and little bit of an over commitment by Tyson Barrie and an inability to get the puck deep by Tyson Jost. Barrie just needs to get back in the flow of things while Jost is still growing so you cant really harp too much on this goal.
The second goal of the game also by the Vancouver Canucks was scored by MDZ (Michael Del Zotto) his third goal of this year’s campaign. This shot was very savable but beats Bernier short side off the cross bar and in. There was what looked like a screen but the puck had already passed by Yakupov when he would have been in the way. It looked like a basic miss from Bernier.
The second period again is where the Avalanche started to play well again. The avalanche scored three goals in the second period all in the similar fashion.
Each goal was a rebound goal, with MacKinnon likely out Avs need to focus on net front presence. It worked well in this game, people driving the net and picking up the scraps. Goals all look the same on the scoreboard. MacK will not be playing in Edmonton. Its good that Barrie is back now more than ever. He has a unique brand of offense that adds a different dimension to the game. That is something the Avs are going to need moving forward because I don’t know how long MacKinnon will be out. By the looks of this it, might be a while. I’m guessing a should separation (AC joint) but I’m not a professional.
The Canucks ended up tying the game up on the PP on a goal from Daniel Sedin (12) assisted by Henrik Sedin, which is something I was hoping i did not have to write after what I said yesterday.
After Bernier’s performance tonight, Does Hammond get in a game? I think he deserves a shot, 3 out of the 4 goals last night shouldn’t have gone in, including the over time goal by Sven Baertschi (11).
Some side notes; Beoser is a legitimate threat, takes Ovi’s spot on the PP. He can fire and dish the puck, plus even the way he moves with the puck you can tell he is deadly. Sedin’s can still find seems and pass on the power play very well even for 37 year olds. The Avalanche have fallen out of the second wild card spot for the time being but they are back one point to the Minnesota wild but the Avs still have a game at hand.
On Thursday the Avalanche take on Edmonton and try to stop the bleeding. They are riding a 3 game losing streak and need to find a new way to score with their Leading point scorer sidelined.