Friday, November 6, 2009

Avs win another shootout thriller

Avs 4
Blackhawks 3
Final (SO)

Coming from behind yet again, the Avs managed to stave off the Blackhawks in another long shootout between the two teams this one going 8 rounds. Chris Stewart got the go ahead goal in the 8th round of the shootout before Craig Anderson made the final stop for the win for the good guys.

The Avs erased an early 2 goal deficit after the Hawks scored 2 goals in the first 10 and a half minutes. Ryan O'Reilly started the comeback as he chipped in a rebound with a little over a minute left in the 1st. David Jones then scored a shorthanded goal on a beautiful power move past Dustin Byfuglien. A minute later as the penalty was expiring, O'Reilly got his 2nd of the game on a breakaway on the 2nd attempt. The Hawks tied it up in the 3rd as Ladd tapped in a rebound as Kyle Cumiskey forgot to cover the man in front of the net. In the shootout, Kane scored for the Hawks. Marek Svatos scored 1st for the Avs and then Chris Stewart got the winner in the 8th round.

The Avs were dominated by the Hawks in the last 10 minutes of the game and in overtime. Once again, Andy stood tall and did not let in any bad goals. He was again one of the main reasons we won the game. The Avs also killed off 2 penalties while allowing 1 PP goal (the Hawks 1st goal). The power play was ineffective again going 0 for 1.

On the injury front, John Michael Liles left the game in the 1st and did not return. It is being called another shoulder injury and there is no details on how long, if at all, he will be out. Matt Hendricks returned to the lineup after being on the IR so because of his return, Chris Durno was sent back to Lake Erie today. Tom Preissing was also sent to Lake Erie on a conditioning stint so his debut should be coming up soon. He will help our power play get back on track.

Performer of the night goes to Ryan O'Reilly. He had his 1st multiple goal game of his young career and again was very solid defensively finishing the night with a +2. His 14 points are tied for 1st among rookie scorers.

Underperformer of the night goes to the team in the final minutes of the game. They couldn't get the puck out of the zone and if they did, it was an icing call and they still couldn't get off for a change. The game was almost lost in that time.

Three Stars
3. C. Stewart
2. C. Anderson
1. R. O'Reilly

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