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Bad Goal Of The Night

Courtesy of Rob Blake and Rob Blake and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

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Rob Blake Should Be Suspended

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Blake’s cross-check/punch to the face of TJ Galiardi in overtime of tonight’s 6-5 Sharks win was a dirty cheap shot, and worthy of a suspension. Blake absolutely should be suspended by the NHL for that hit. Will that happen?
Probably not. Because, Galiardi emerged apparently uninjured on the hit – although because it was one to the head, the effects of injury may not show up right away. As far as I could tell, Galiardi was OK after the game, so the NHL front office might just let it slide because the victim of a dirty hit didn’t need a stretcher to leave the ice.

That doesn’t excuse any of it. I know the Avs were hot after the game over the UNPENALIZED hit by Blake.

read on and you can decide if Blake should be suspended by watching the hit…

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History Says Sharks Want To Avoid Going Down 0-2

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Denver Post pointed out that the Avalanche have gone ahead 2-0 in a series 12 times since arriving from Quebec City and won each of those.  That got me to look at the Sharks record when they’ve gone down 0-2. That’s happened seven times over the years and not once did San Jose come back to win the series.

That’s 19 different series that all followed the same pattern.

Again, of course the Sharks could come back from being down 0-2. Just pointing out it hasn’t happened yet.

more on the Sharks…

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Avs Were The Better Team

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The better team definitely won tonight. If Craig Anderson needed to do handstands in net and if this was one of those 2-1 wins where you get outshot 50-21 or something, then it would be a lot easier for the San Jose Sharks to write off their Game 1 loss to the Burgundy and Blue.
But it wasn’t like that. The Avs outshot the team in teal, 30-26, and were all over the Sharks for large portions of the game, especially the second period. Yes, it was a fortunate bounce at the end that decided this game, but, again, the better team won.

The Avs got totally hosed a couple of times by awful referee Dan O’Rourke in still getting the win. Not to get all homerish here, but O’Rourke could have easily cost the Avs the win with not only a questionable opening-minute call to Chris Stewart, but a bizarre noncall when TJ Galiardi got high-sticked to the mouth by Ryane Clowe in the first period. That should have been a four-minute power-play right there.


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The Real San Jose Sharks

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The 113 points compiled by San Jose in the regular-season standings might be the most meaningless number in the NHL.

When the playoffs begin, they cease being Sharks.

They turn into clown fish.

In the name of accuracy, San Jose really should adopt an alternative uniform in April.

Dump that teal sweater with a shark chomping a hockey stick. That mean image doesn’t fit the joke that San Jose becomes when the games really matter.

Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if San Jose star Joe Thornton took the ice against Colorado while wearing an orange-and-white uniform featuring a cuddly cartoon from “Finding Nemo” as the team logo?


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Waiting For An Injury Update On Duchene

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avs’ 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center was a distant second in the night’s order of disappointing results.

The Avs, who listed Duchene’s condition as a torso injury, initially gave no further update on his condition after the game, but NHL sources said he was taken to a hospital while the game was still in progress. The Avs later confirmed Duchene went to the hospital for further tests but didn’t provide any results….

“We wanted to hold him out for the rest of the game for precautionary measures, and we’ll know more (today),” Avs coach Joe Sacco said.

more on the Avs…

added 8:24am, Dater has more at All Things Avs,

Nobody could seem to figure out when or how he was hurt in the brief time he was on the ice in the first period against Chicago, leading to a second theory: that Duchene actually hurt himself in Edmonton the other night. Some who have studied tape of the game believe Duchene was hurt after a hit from the Oilers’ Zach Stortini.

The trouble with that is, Dutchy seemed fine at the morning skate today, and obviously he suited up for the game. So what happened? I’m not a doctor, but seriously, it can be anything. Is it a broken rib? Did a hit from a previous game damage an internal organ that gave out tonight? Did he burst a spleen? Did he severely pull a muscle like Claude Lemieux did back in 1996 and needed abdominal surgery to correct it?

read on

added 8:27am, Dater just updated All Things Avs with this…

my text was chirping in the black hours of morning, with word from golden, trusted sources that Matt Duchene “will be fine.”

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Avs Fans Can Thank Adrian

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

You’re welcome, Avs fans. You’re totally welcome for that marvelous reverse jinx I set for your team. You know, the one where the beat writer totally gives up on the team and says they’re toast and will choke out of the playoffs – thereby setting a good reverse-jinx scenario where he gets made to look like a total fool and ridiculed throughout the fandom, complete with a court-jester beenie on my head?

I did it for you, people. I am happy to play the clown’s role, in order to get the Avalanche into the PLAYOFFS – Playoffs? What – playoffs? PLAYOFFS!?”
Yes, I am happy to stand before you now, freshly tarred and feathered.

But enough about me and my sacrifice for the greater good.

The real attention should be to the local heroes, the boys in Burgundy and Blue who were given the bum’s rush chance of finishing anywhere but 15th this year in the West, by all the so-called “EXXXX-PEERRRTS!”

Seriously, hats off to a team that I can now proudly say was my privilege to cover this season, my 15th in the league


Below you can watch Adam Foote as he talks about the Avalanche making the playoffs.

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8th Spot In the West All Planned Out

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here we go. The final week of the season, four games in seven days, the first two on the road, the final two at home. Win two of these games – or just find a way to get four points – and your Colorado Avalanche is in the playoffs. Hard to believe it might still happen, isn’t it?...

I think what’s going to happen is this: I think the Avs are going to lose tomorrow night in Vancouver and the Flames are going to win at home against the Sharks. That would make things even again in the standings.
But the Avs will still have that one game in hand, and will have a date the next night with the worst team in the conference – the Edmonton Oilers. And I actually think the Avs will find a way to get at least a point that night.

But in the interest of “let’s not take any chances”, here’s what I propose: I think the Avs should start Peter Budaj against the Canucks, and give Craig Anderson another day of rest going into the Oil game.

read on

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All Flames Can Do Is Win Then Watch

from Malcolm Kelly of CBC,

Another day, another knot in the stomach for the Calgary Flames.

First on the Easter Sunday menu is an afternoon tilt in Chicago against the Blackhawks (3 p.m. ET) — a team the Flames normally can’t beat.

Then there’s the waiting around to see if the San Jose Sharks can do them a favour by beating Colorado five hours later.

Meanwhile, back in southern Alberta, fans of the red and gold will be quietly mouthing now familiar words: “Thank you, Miikka, please do it again.”


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True Test For Sacco

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

I thought this team was destined to finish last or next to last in the West again, and I’m also convinced that if the Avalanche management truly thought this was a possibility, it wouldn’t have traded Ryan Smyth to the Kings last July. Yes, that deal saved money, and that was a major consideration, but it also represented a concession that the rebuilding was on and would be a prolonged process.

Yet the way this is unfolding, the Avalanche is in danger of transforming what by most standards should be a praiseworthy turnaround season into an unforgettable collapse. This will be the ultimate test of Joe Sacco’s work in his first season as an NHL head coach: Can he convince this team to play as if it still controls its fate, and with a rediscovered collective swagger, in the final week . . . and not as if it is afraid of failure?


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