Wednesday, November 12, 2008

That Was An Enjoyable One

I haven't made one of these in a while, so this is going to be long.

This game was one of those rarities where both teams play the ideal game. You can't really fault either team for not doing something. Maybe you could point out the crappy power plays executed by both teams, but the goaltending was just so good.

Budaj had back to back highlight reel saves in the third on one of the Sedin brothers (what do I look like, their mother? I can't tell them apart and neither can you). At the other end, Luongo saved the game at least three times late in the third, most notably a pad save on Wolski with 1.9 seconds left.

In the end, Luongo's misfortunes against the Avs continued. He's 5-14-3 or something horrible like that against Colorado. It's just one of those things, like Arnason against Edmonton.

It was good to see Svatos score in the shootout....seeing as, ya know, he makes 2 million dollars and has all of one goal in 14 games. If you pay me 2 million dollars and give me 15 minutes of ice time a night, I could bang one home at some time or another. In his defense, he's coming off of the surgery, but I think that's secondary. He looks like the same invisible Svatos as always. Sometimes he scores, and sometimes he doesn't. Right now it's the latter.

- I have a feeling Sakic won't be back until the trip is over. Just a hunch. All I know is I'm beginning to get that injury bug feeling with Sakic and Guite both hurt.

- Who knows how long Guite will be out for. What Granato called "out of breath" has turned out to be a rib injury. Did anyone honestly expect him to tell the truth? I guess that explains why he keeps saying "we have faith in Budaj".

- Kyle Wellwood hasn't taken a penalty since the 2005-2006 season. He's either incredibly lucky or incredibly disciplined. Probably both. You'd think he'd accidentally high stick someone at some point, but I guess not.

- Forsberg had another foot surgery. Yikes. If he's this determined to play, then he should just go for it after he's healed up. Wake up Peter, your foot isn't going to get any better, so either play through the injuries you'll receive because of it or retire. It's that simple.

He says he will only return to Colorado, but return to what? He'll help the team alot, but Francois Giguere will have to swing a trade for a goalie, probably a two-way center, and a scoring winger before anyone starts thinking this team actually has a shot at the cup (which I assume is the only reason he'd want to return).

- Thanks to a little blog posted by Adrian Dater, Avs fans have be riled up over the prospect of Colorado dealing Brett Clark to Montreal for Jaroslav Halak.

Now, aside from the fact that the numbers don't even come close to working, this trade would likely never happen. Gainey, Montreal's GM, is thinking cup, and I kinda doubt Brett Clark is the final piece to the puzzle. Not to mention the uproar that would come from Montreal fans if Gainey traded a young prospect for an unknown.

That said, the fact that Dater thinks Clark is on the move says something. He'll probably be on the move at some point, which I don't think is a smart decision.
Sure, he makes alot of money, but he shows up every night. A cheaper version of Scott Hannan, if you will.

Okay, that's it for now. Hopefully there are no typo's because I'm too tired to check right now.

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