Chris Stewart Scores 100th NHL Point in Loss to Flames
On October 28 we saw a crazy, high scoring game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Calgary Flames. The 6-5 Avalanche win was the most exciting win the Burgundy and Blue have had so far this season. Calgary would have a chip on their shoulders tonight as they haven’t won a game since their last meeting with Colorado.
The first twenty minutes were a great display of defense for the Avalanche, having four rookies on the D-lines. Kevin Shattenkirk, Jonas Holøs, David Liffiton, and Colby Cohen had some big time on ice as well as some great plays. Holøs would have an assist on the Avs first goal, a big blast from the top left circle would deflect off of Brandon Yip’s skate to beat Miikka Kiprusoff on the power play.
The second period started with the Flames on the man advantage. With a second left in said power play, Curtis Glencross deflected a blast from Jay Bouwmeester, beating Peter Budaj. Since this current home stand began, Budaj has only let power play goals in and nothing at even strength and it goes to show you how well Budaj has been in Craig Anderson’s absence.
Starting the third with another man advantage, the Burgundy and Blue would quickly score again when Chris Stewart wrangled a puck that had squirted free from Kiprusoff and popped it up into the net. That goal was Stewart’s 100th NHL point. In 144 games, Stewart scored his first 50 points in 96 games and the rest in only 48.
Unfortunately for the fans, that would be the last goal the Avalanche would score in the game. As mentioned previously, Budaj had not been scored on while the Avs were at even strength. That changed when Mikael Backlund would bang one home while Budaj attempted to block five hole.
A little over four minutes later, David Moss would catch a sprawling Budaj off guard and bring the score to 3-2 for the Flames. Yet the boys from Calgary wouldn’t be done there.
Glencross, Rene Bourque, and Olli Jokinen would combine to get the empty netter for the 4-2 win after Joe Sacco pulled Budaj in an attempt to tie the game. John-Michael Liles made a great diving block on their first attempt but the Flames finished the second try.
The injuries just keep coming for the Avalanche, as, according to the Denver Post, David Van Der Gulik tore his MCL in the first period and TJ Galiardi broke his wrist in the second. Both are out indefinitely.
What did you guys think of the game? After the last few games, what were the Avs lacking this time around? Do you think we need to see Colby Cohen shooting from the point?