About Budaj. For now, that is. He didn't have to make alot of difficult saves, but I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for why he played well. It was a good performance, and could have been a shut out if not for the bad play by Foote.
And wow, another 4 goal game by Colorado. Maybe these guys really are Gretzky's Oilers in disguise....but then who was coaching Phoenix tonight?
Ben Guite was in the line-up for the sick David Jones; he had 2 assists, a shot on goal, was a +2, and received the 3rd star of the game. A strong performance, and good for him. Granato will be hard pressed to figure out who he's going to scratch next game.
Speaking of which, Arnason may be the odd man out next game. I can tell they're trying to get him going, but it's just not happening right now. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that 90% of Avalanche fans despise him.
Yesterday on the versus network Eddie Olczyk called the Avalanche the funnest team to watch in the NHL, and he seems to know his stuff. Then again, he's the same guy who drove the Penguins to the NHL's cellar a couple years ago, despite having Lemieux, Crosby, Palffy, Malone, Gonchar, Whitney, LeClair, Recchi....yeah I know, some of those guys retired/bad goaltending.
But to get back on topic, 28 goals in 7 games is alot of rubber being put in the back of the net. I thought tonight would be the night where things cooled down, but I was wrong. Guys like McLeod keep finding ways to score, and Colorado now has 16 players with at least a goal (leads the NHL). Only Foote, Salei, and Hannan have yet to find the back of the net.
That's it for now. The winning streak will be put to the test Saturday against Buffalo...and if any team can score goals, it's Buffalo.