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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Mayhem in Denver as the Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 to gain a three-point cushion on eighth and move a point from Winnipeg.
In a nasty, physical, action-packed, playoff-like affair, the Avalanche tried to run the Wild out of the building.
“I’d probably be frustrated too if we played a team and hadn’t scored on them in four games except on a dump-in,” Zach Parise said, grinning (you’ll understand what he’s referring to in a few paragraphs). “They’re taking their frustration out on us. We played a good game in spite of what they were trying to do.”
Twelve periods and 240 minutes of hockey now this season, and the only goal the Avalanche has scored against the Wild in four losses (outscored 12-1) arguably should have been wiped out by referees Chris Rooney and Dean Morton tonight.
Just 1:32 into the second period, a Maxime Talbot dump-in ricocheted awkwardly off the glass, into the crease and pinned under Devan Dubnyk’s right pad. Cody McLeod came charging in trying to jam at the puck and pushed Dubnyk over the goal line.
The ref blew the play down signaling no goal. But they went to review, and the NHL Situation Room correctly determined the puck lodged under Dubnyk’s pad when it went over the line. Tying goal.
However, Dubnyk’s pad only went over the line because McLeod pushed him over the line. Before it got to video review, Rooney and Morton probably should have disallowed the goal. That part of this was not reviewable.
continued inlcuding Cocy McLeod being Cody McLeod...
Watch the disputed goal below...
Brad Stuart with a soft dump-in... Corey Craford does the rest.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
With the March 2 trading deadline approaching, the Avalanche could become a seller, unloading spare-part types who could help playoff-bound teams in the short term, but also still could attempt to make a major deal to land a top pair-type defenseman.
Ryan O'Reilly still is the most likely to be dangled as a major element in a significant deal, but I'll repeat that the organizational must be open-minded in searching out anything that could make this team better — in the continuing "process" to chase after the Stanley Cup.
Patrick Roy has spoken often of that "process," a long-range plan to get the Avalanche among the elite and keep it there. But the Avalanche coach also has done that while emphasizing not thinking too far ahead in the season.
"We try to be even keel," he said again Sunday. "Obviously, the clock is ticking and there's an urgency of winning games."
from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
Until Sunday, when a solid first period on the road led to a mess of a second and Winnipeg taking a 4-1 lead, I thought the Avs would stand pat with their young forwards and work free agency in July with nearly $10 million in expiring contracts. But with eight shutout losses — already seven more than last season — and the horrid power play, the Avs might want to reevaluate their offensive chemistry.
The offense doesn’t click, now 24th in the 30-team NHL at 2.41 goals per game, and every forward but Daniel Briere is under contract next season. Do you just hope these talented forwards get it going next season? Or do you trade one or two for a youngster or two on the rise and mix up chemistry? The playoff teams aren’t going to trade their best players, but certainly, they’ll trade for a player they need and give up a good player and a prospect.
Too many names and too many scenarios to list here; I’m not going to create rumors by throwing out names. Obviously, Ryan O’Reilly is a very attractive player and his name continually surfaces in trade talks, but I would think the Avs will listen to any offer for any player. At this point, nobody seems untouchable.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
On his home ice, surrounded by thousands of Detroit fans that covered the Pepsi Center in a sea of red, young Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon dropped his gloves and fought for the franchise's lost glory.
Less than a minute after the opening faceoff, there was MacKinnon taking punches in the face from Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. Ericsson had run MacKinnon roughshod into the boards, and the 19-year-old Colorado forward was not about to be bullied.
"It was in the heat of the moment, for sure," MacKinnon told me Thursday, admitting that he decided on fisticuffs to settle the dispute. "Right now, I don't feel like fighting anybody. But, it was a big game, and I asked him to fight. He said yes. It was fun."
MacKinnon did what hockey players do: He traded fists to prove his manhood. MacKinnon battled in the grand tradition of the blood feud between the Avalanche and Red Wings....
As the arena shook with an approving roar from a crowd with a lust for blood, here's what struck me: Is a teenager really the toughest man that Roy has got to stand up for team pride? And is MacKinnon really the best shot the Avalanche has of overcoming a wretched start to kick in the back door to the playoffs?
Watch the fight below...
Sure, Ryan O'Reilly is one of the possibilities to be moved to try to land that D-man, but the truth is -- and this is true in baseball and basketball too -- if an executive isn't open to listening to any and all offers for everyone on the roster, he's a fool. Note, I said "listen." If I were running a team -- we will now pause for the laughter to die down -- my position would be that nobody is untouchable and we will consider doing anything if it improves the team. And that could be the automatic answer to every question and rumor, including in hockey, where let's just say standards for vetting rumors before tossing them out are laughably low.
-Terry Frei of the Denver Post where you can read more on the Avalanche in a Q & A session with Frei.
via the Colorado Avalanche website,
The Colorado Avalanche announced today that defenseman Erik Johnson is out for the next 3-8 weeks following a knee scope performed Monday.
“He is, first of all, very disappointed by the situation, but it’s out of our control," said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. "We have a lot of confidence in our group, and it will be a different responsibility for some of our defensemen.”
Johnson missed the NHL All-Star game and other on-ice activities last weekend in Columbus, Ohio due to the ailment.
While the appearance was slated to be his first at the All-Star Game, Johnson did represent the Western Conference at the 2008 YoungStars game in Atlanta during his rookie season with the St. Louis Blues.
The Bloomington, Minn., native is tied for first among NHL defensemen in scoring with a career-high 12 goals this season. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound rear guard has 23 points (12g/11a) in 47 games, placing him second among Colorado blueliners in scoring. He ranks fourth on the Avalanche in goals and first in ice time (24:25), blocked shots (107) and power-play goals (3-tied).
NEW YORK (January 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today the participating Clubs, locations and dates for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games planned for the 2015-16 NHL regular season.
The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, on Jan. 1, 2016. When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following Toronto’s appearance in 2014.
The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will feature two games. On Sunday, Feb. 21, in a first for the Club, the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the Univ. of Minnesota campus. The following weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field.
My over/under of how many times this cannon fires over the weekend is 50!
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