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Choke Job

03/22/2008 at 6:59pm EDT

From Adrian Dater’s blog at the Denver Post,

This is a team in meltdown mode right now. I’ve never, ever seen a worse looking power play, and for that there is no good explanation. Frankly, this is a team that looks like it’s quit for some reason. Have they tuned out the coach? Is Peter Forsberg’s presence an overwhelming distraction, as some feared when they got him back?

Today was a MAJOR, MAJOR alarm for this team. It came in losers of three straight, with a chance to basically put a stranglehold on the eighth spot with a win. And they came out looking like they could care less.

Something is fundamentally wrong when that happens. It could very well be the coaching. Or, there could be some internal sniping going on. I haven’t heard of anything serious, but we’ll see soon.

But let’s hear what you have to say. Playoffs, and a quick exit? Or, a choke job that might lead to some necessary changes?

Oh my. Edmonton leads 4-1 going into the

2nd

3rd, and Dater is now a Doubter?

(Either that or he’s been taking lessons from the Canucks media: take Forsberg’s name out of there, and it’s almost like reading the Vancouver papers screeching after the Canucks have a single bad period…)

But the game that inspired this Dater Heart Failure is still in progress. I wonder what will happen to that blog post if the Avs pull a comeback in the last 20 minutes here?

Actually, I can guess what’ll happen to it… So I’ve saved a screenshot (below).

Gotta keep the boy honest… :)

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Update 3:05pm PT: Well, the Avs almost pulled it off, but not quite. Still, it must have put Adrian awfully close to the “delete post” button… Here be the box score:

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Crazy game.

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