Monday, December 11, 2006

Meltdown

Something happened to the Hurricanes in the third period after Justin Williams scored the go-ahead goal. They started to play it too cute. They started trying to make that one extra slick pass, and it set them up for a fall. Nooo, a shot on goal that your crashing forwards could follow up just wasn't enough. Nooo, it had to be a saucer pass across the goal mouth from an impossible angle. Or a fake slapper and drop pass from the slot just to set up scoring sensation, Tim Gleason, and his three freaking points on the year for a slow developing and totally telegraphed slapper just inside the blueline. I think it was Eric Staal who dropped a pass to nobody along the Avalanche blueline that led to a rush the other way and ended in Andrew Brunette's tying goal.

From that point on all momentum belonged to the Avs. The Canes started getting beat to the puck, losing battles in the corners and not picking up forwards and defensemen crashing the net. Yes, Joe Sakic is still that good and shouldn't be allowed the time and space to make plays. And congratulations to NHL castoffs Tyler Arnason and Pierre Turgeon who both enjoyed stat-padding nights against the Stanley Cup champs.

It was great to see Cory Stillman back in the lineup. He snagged an assist and looked awfully crisp for a guy who has missed the first two months of the season. What a pro. John Grahame also played great for two periods, but he got hung out to dry in the third and seemed to deflate after the fourth Avalanche goal. He wasn't alone in that regard. What a horrible road trip. Time to bust-out that Men in Black mind eraser and start over with Coach Mo and the Leafs.

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