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Shades Of Roy In Colorado

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Unlike Patrick Roy, his number doesn’t ever figure to hang from the rafters of a hockey rink in Denver. Nobody confuses him with New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, owner of more wins than any goaltender in NHL history. But as the Colorado crowd chanted “Andy, Andy!” in the closing seconds of the third period Saturday, there was no doubt who was the man in the Avs’ 3-1 victory against the Devils.

Craig Anderson is the No. 1 reason Colorado stands proudly in first place of the Northwest Division. In a year of shocking success by the Avs, who qualifies as the most pleasant surprise of all? Say it loud:

Andy, Andy, Andy.

Which made me wonder: What in the world was Team USA general manager Brian Burke thinking when he picked a 23-man squad for the Olympic tournament that did not include Anderson?

“It’s a small wedding. Only 23 seats,” Burke said Saturday, responding to my question by e-mail.

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Dater Critiques The Flames

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

If I can apply some of the same critical thought to the Flames for a second here, like I always do with the Avs, I would say that Jay Bouwmeester too often looks like just another guy out there. He doesn’t seem to play with a lot of passion somehow. He skates fast, but it seems like he’s always got somewhere better to get -instead of place like the front of the net or dangerously cutting into the slot areas.

Dion Phaneuf is another guy I’d want to carve a little. Some bad decisions with the puck, a slap shot that too often sails wide of the net. Olli Jokinen too often looks like a bigger version of Wolski.

more on the Avs victory over the Flames last night…

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Morning Line

Weren’t the no-name Avalanche supposed to be competing for the first overall draft pick? Certainly not first in the Northwest Division. While they have slipped a bit since a fast start, it will be fascinating to see if they can hang in for a playoff spot. If so, one of the West’s powerhouses (see Detroit) will be on the outside looking in.

At the other end of the scale are those Wings, just two seasons removed from winning the Cup and one from getting to another final. They can’t score consistently and certainly are not getting championship-calibre goaltending. Unless Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg (both stuck at 10 goals) find new life down the stretch, it appears the mighty will fall with a huge thud.

-Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.  More from Paul as he looks forward to the second hafl of the season.

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Avs May Be Losing Their Playoff Grip

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The Avs cannot blow this. Can they?

The NHL’s feel-good story isn’t feeling so hot. When the snow of winter blows, glass slippers lose traction. The slide has begun.

When the Avalanche fails to make the playoffs, don’t come crying to me.

Think this horrendous 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders was no big deal? Then you didn’t see the anger seething in the eyes of Avs coach Joe Sacco.

“We didn’t play our game,” Sacco said Wednesday night.

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Rob Schremp With The Catch, Swing & Goal

In the same game, which the Islanders won, Dwayne Roloson robs Matt Duchene…

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, rob+schremp

Ugly Loss

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

For a franchise trying to convince its fan base that the answers are in the locker room and behind the bench, it was a performance as ill-timed as a pimple on the morning of prom.

The Blue Jackets were drilled by the Canucks, 7-3, last night in a game as unsightly as almost any this season. The Jackets built an unexpected 2-0 lead and caved at the first sign of adversity.

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Just About Everyone Was Wrong About The Avs

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We are at the midway point of the season, and I figured it was time to look back at the worst prediction I made in September by far: that the Colorado Avalanche would finish last in the Western Conference.

Of course, I wasn’t alone in the media to make that assertion; it was a widespread feeling. But it doesn’t get me off the hook. So, when Avs coach Joe Sacco gave me a call this week, he broke into a hearty laugh when I told him how much crow he’s making a lot of us hockey scribes eat these days.

It was the kind of laugh that makes you feel like Sacco is enjoying beating down the dire preseason predictions. Last place? Ha! Try 24-13-6 heading into Wednesday night’s home game against the New York Islanders, and battling for first place in the Northwest Division and third place in the West.

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Liles Has To Be Better

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

“The coaching staff made it known why I was sitting out and what I needed to do,” Liles said. “They wanted more of me. They wanted me to elevate my game, and it’s something that I’m not going to say that I disagree with them. They felt it was the right move to sit me out. You come back, work hard and try to respond. That’s what I was trying to do (Saturday night).”

Liles, 29, has 15 points in 29 games and is a minus-4. Seven of his points have come on the power play (two goals), on which his lack of production probably is most responsible for him landing in coach Joe Sacco’s doghouse.

Sacco had nothing further to add to his assessment of Liles from last week at the time of the defenseman’s benching, other than the coach is looking for a better all-around game and perhaps the intangible of more hunger to succeed.

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Avs Goaltender Anderson Feels Leino Goal Was A High Stick

First the goal…

Anderrson talks about the goal…

 

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Claude Lemieux Is A Good Person

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...here’s an interview with (Claude) Lemieux for the addictive “Q” interview show, out of Toronto, where Lemieux talks about the show, and also about his NHL career some. And, toward the end, he talks about his hit on Kris Draper, and he uses the word “mistake” in what he did. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever heard him say that word.

Lemieux is a good person. He really is. He would cut your heart out to win a hockey game and was easy to hate, but that ultimately was a sign of respect in a lot of ways.

more and you can watch the interview too…

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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