To be honest, I don’t even know where to begin with this. I thought the Avs would come out flying tonight, or better yet, hoped they would. Not so! They only had two shots in the first period compared to the Sharks 12. I don’t call that a good start to a game. Although they did get 17 shots in the third period, a bit late in the game if you ask me.
I won’t complain too much about the officiating although there are obviously some errors being made on calls. I’m not saying the Avs don’t deserve some of these penalties but the whole melee with Hannan, Duchene and McGinn, that was pretty weak. I get why Hannan got the penalty but why McGinn didn’t get more than two minutes blows my mind. He obviously took a couple of swings at Duchene’s face; I don’t really call that roughing. But... enough of that.
My question is this “Where is the offense???". The Avs have scored 9 goals in five games. But 5 of those came in game 2 and one was technically scored by Boyle in his own net. The top line of Stastny/Stewart/Galiardi has a combined point total of 1 in the last three games. That’s only one assist by Stastny!! When you’re the top line for a hockey team, they need you to be more productive.
Maybe it’s time Sacco changed things up a little bit. I know he put Tucker on the second line last night but I think that’s a lack of options more than anything. I’m sure he’s scratching his head with the coaching staff today trying to find some way to revive this team. Its do or die tomorrow night and something need to happen pretty darn fast. Maybe put Duchene/Yip/Galiardi back together, they were pretty good when Sacco first put them together.
One thing I did enjoy though, and I don’t really know why, is that the Sharks scored 5 goals and this is what the stats sheet looked like.
Talk about not stepping up big Joe. You had zero points when your team shows up and scored 5 and you only have 2 assists this whole series. But than again, who could have seen this coming……..ehhh…..anyone from anywhere that’s followed hockey even a little bit in the past few years, that’s who!
, you can’t be superman every night, you’re only human. Shake it off and come back with a vengeance tomorrow night. Anderson