A real pisser, if you watched it. For all the talk Mike Babcock gave us about finding energy and coming out with more fire, I couldn’t have been more disappointed. Perhaps it was because of this message he gave the media that I was so disappointed.
After a spirited effort by our third line and a total collapse of all other lines versus Vancouver, seems like everyone decided to say “Is this the Colorado Avalanches? F*** it.” Defense, special teams, neutral zone puck movement and work along the boards were all abysmal. Had Jim Howard been Patrick Roy this game probably would have been 7-0.
Also, Jonathan Ericsson was hurt in the game, reducing our bench and making each player step up. Whilst 1.2 Lidstroms, Stuarts, Kronners and Whites out there….I’m not yet convinced that 20% more Quincey is a good thing.
Jiri Hudler was my only bright spot tonight, other than Jimmy making some huge saves. And with an absolute venom I am going to step away from my computer before I throw it at the NHL-Network, which is telling me that St. Louis will catch us and we’ll be on the lower end of a 4/5 first round series against Nashville that will go 7 with 4 on the road and we can’t possibly rely on any more Nick Lidstrom slapshot goals from center ice to bail us out. Oh no, I may not sleep for weeks, I’m that terrified.
3 Stars of my night:
1 – Gabriel Landeskog. I know, he’s an enemy. But he’s a damn good rookie. And he’s a Swede. And he plays for CO. So we’ll be seeing him in a Winged Wheel in no time.
2 – Jiri Hudler. Dude had our only offensive power and that’s scary. I’m glad he didn’t get our third goal because a hat trick in this sort of game would be too bittersweet. He did contribute to it though.
3 – Jim Howard. Again, if not for him, this would have been really, really ugly. Some really amazing saves bailing us out of complete brain farts defensively. I will not forget, Jimmy!
Probably Babcock's spiel in the second intermission. His team sucked tonight, and he knew it.
I thought 3rd line was great. The first 2 periods they were the only line able to break into the zone cleanly. They put offensive pressure on the Avs every time they were on the ice. They didn't score, but they shouldn't have to.
You know when your parents say they're not angry, they're just disappointed? Welll, I'm angry AND disappointed.
I have decided I don't like Hank and Franzen on the same line right now. Hank isn't very fast naturally, and Franzen isn't skating right now. Gliding isn't going to cut it, and those two just are two vulnerable to people who skate hard against them.
this team has made it abundantly clear that they are not worth watching while number 13 is out of the line up and that's just sad.
Franzen is reminding me of when Twig and I first played NHL '10 (I think) and some part of his controller was broke. All he could do was glide whenever his player touched the puck. Didn't know it then, but the controller was just set to "Franzen Mode."
@marti783 The third period was good, there are other people on this team than Datsyuk and without him we should still be able to beat any other team, as evident in last nights third period. They just gave up early after a couple of lucky ones for the avs.