Monday night, the Colorado Avalanche were able to do something that they haven’t been able to do in quite some time; win a game in regulation.
If anyone remembers the last time the Avs played the Detroit Red Wings, it was a game in which the Avs controlled every aspect of the game, expect for the penalty-kill. Although it was entertaining to see the Avs dominate a puck-controlling team, it was sad to see them have to fight back to send it to overtime.
Monday’s game was different, as the Avs scored four goals on goalie Jimmy Howard on ten shots, and then added a fifth against Joey MacDonald. All four goals-against Howard came in the first period.
At one point in the game, the Avs were leading the Red Wings by a score of 5-2. Yet, the game ended in a 5-4 victory for the Avs.
Although the Avs did secure the win, it shouldn’t have been as close of a game. What was the cause of the game being so close? The special teams.
The Avs had five opportunities to score a power-play goal, but were unsuccessful; gave the Red Wings three power-play chances, and allowed in two goals. The special teams for the Avs are horrific and are the main cause for the Avs recent slump over the past nine games.
Still, the Avs did get the win against the Red Wings, but did allow them to get back into the game, and almost send it into overtime. Avs Coach Joe Sacco said it best; “Our special teams need to be way better.”
Now that the Avs have been able to win in regulation and get over the inability to score more than three goals in a game, they can now focus more on a dreadful penalty-kill. The power-play is ranked ninth in the NHL, but has not been scoring as much as of late.
Congrats to the Avs for beating the rival Red Wings in a thrilling game; now it is time to get back to their winning ways, something that starts on the special teams.
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Written by Adam Lanning