The legs were strong in the first, left in the second, and came back with a vengeance in the third. I've felt that this year we have played much better third period hockey than we ever had. Of course you won't hold every lead, but we do shut down and buckle down in crunch time. Tonight was a perfect example of that.
It was a total team effort in this one. Murray, JSon, and Freddy Mo hit the score sheet. Danny Lacosta has gotten his first of what we can expect to be 4-5 straight shutouts. Rookie of the Month in February is still up for grabs.
Let's not kid ourselves, this is the thinnest Avalanche team on record. Their offensive and defensive depth is not that strong. I'd be shocked if they can string enough wins together to get a playoff spot by the end of the year.
The top line was pretty quiet and we are seeing too many of these type of nights. It does not hurt so bad when the secondary scoring is coming. When we get the second change, this line should definitely be producing more. People may be quick to play Manny, but I think the real issue is that the chemistry between Nash and Huselius is way too streaky. I'd like to take an extended look at Nash - Malhotra - Voracek.
The defense held strong after Rusty suffered his third injury of the year. He can't catch a break. I honestly don't recall too many chances from the Avs offense. The team played very well.
Mancrush of the Game: Danny Lacosta gets a Shutout, gets the mancrush. When this team gets solid goaltending, they win games.
Whipping Boy of the Game: I still expect more from Raffi, I like his intensity from earlier in the year... back when his knee was jacked up.
How do you feel about the Wings coming to town on Friday?