Duchene, High Scoring Avalanche Burn Senators In OT
Matt Duchene extended his multi-point game streak and netted the overtime, game winning goal as the Avalanche outfought the visiting Ottawa Senators last night.
With the Colorado Avalanche missing Paul Stastny, Chris Stewart, and Milan Hejduk to inujury, the Avs managed to overcome their own weak defense and beat the Senators with speed and hustle.
Five different players had multi-point games, including Duchene, who led the team to victory in Stastny’s absence. Stastny was out with a sore back and neck after being run into the boards Wednesday night against Chicago. TJ Galiardi also made his triumphant return to the lineup, scoring the first Avalanche goal of the game nearly four minutes in.
Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson had some important goals for the Senators, taking advantage of Craig Anderson’s off night. Brian Elliott sat between the pipes for the Sens, a late decision as Pascal Leclaire injured himself during warmups.
The best goal of the night came from Ryan O’Reilly, tying the game up with 3:13 left in regulation. This goal is solid proof of the amazing give-and-go chemistry he and Daniel Winnik share as they came shooting down the left side toward Elliott. O’Reilly fed the puck to Winnik in the neutral zone. The puck found its way back to O’Reilly and he shot at a hard angle, beating Elliott glove side.
Without that goal, it would have been a 5-4 game in favor of the Senators. A similar give-and-go between Tomas Fleischmann and Duchene led to the game winning goal half way through overtime. Avs would earn the win 6-5.
Notes: Matt Duchene, Philippe Dupuis, Kevin Porter, John-Michael Liles, and Kevin Shattenkirk all had a two point game.
What did you think of the game? Do you believe the Avs have what it takes? Do you think their production without their top players proves they can see the playoffs again?