Tonight’s matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators can be summed up in four words; the Avs got dominated. The Avs lost tonight by a count of 5-1 and lost more than just the game.
It was discovered hours before the game, that Avs forward Tomas Fleischmann will miss the rest of the regular season, due to pulmonary emboli.
Prior to the game, Coach Joe Sacco had assigned T.J. Galiardi to the Lake Erie Monsters and called up forward Ryan Stoa. Stoa played on the line with Matt Duchene and Chris Stewart and came close to scoring a goal late in the second period. The Avs were already down 2-0 at this point in the game.
After the Avs had killed a penalty, they sent a flurry of shots towards Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. About halfway through the flurry, it seemed as if Stoa was able to tip a Duchene pass past Rinne. The call on the ice was a no-goal and play continued on for another thirty to forty seconds, until the Predators iced the puck. The referees called Toronto and came back with a decision that there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call on the ice.
This was the turning point in the game, as the Avs could have come within one goal of tying the game. Instead, the second period ended with a 2-0 lead for the Predators.
The third period is when the Avs fell apart, as it only took the Predators three minutes to sneak another goal past Craig Anderson. Then, two minutes later, David Legwand sent a rocket past Anderson to extend the lead to four. Finally, with ten minutes to go in the third, Colin Wilson put the nail in the coffin as he scored on a rush from the Predators zone.
Matt Duchene was able to spoil Rinne’s shutout, as he scored his 19th goal of the season off his own rebound.
Bottom line, the Avs were embarrassed in front of their home crowd. Whether it was due to the loss of Fleischmann or that they were just outplayed by the Predators, the Avs looked flat all game long.
Saturday afternoon doesn’t get much better as the Avs host the Boston Bruins, who have the hottest goalie in the NHL. If the Avs plan on getting back on their winning ways, they are going to have to regroup quickly.
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Written by Adam Lanning