I will keep this short.
Two consecutive losses can be a cause for concern. This is not.
I watched this game while suffering from an upper body injury (flu). My perception could be distorted as a result. What I saw is a LA Kings team that played well. What I saw is a Kings team that was aggressive, created scoring opportunities, outshot and out chanced Colorado and potted two on the powerplay. 5 on 5 scoring remains inconsistent. However, take away that awful bounce off the boards that led to a goal against, the Avalanche looking for their first win at home this season and the sight of LA Kings icon and figuratively (pun intended) larger than life Adam Deadmarsh behind the Avalanche bench and the Hockey Gods were working against us from the puck drop.
Did my eyes, head and general state of fogginess deceive me or did the Colorado Avalanche win nearly ever important faceoff in either zone? While we’re at it, let’s give Colorado credit for their speed, forecheck and winning a ton of board battles.
Parse scored a goal, a beautiful one, and added two more penalties. He has a two game goal streak and four penalties in the past three games.
If I have to be concerned and/or gripe about something, it is Drew Doughty and, again, Dustin Penner. Was that third and game winning goal 100% on Drew? Pretty much. I continue to put what I see (and don’t see) with Drew Doughty on “rust”, to coin Terry Murray. That stops tonight. Did Penner show short flashes of giving a damn but was otherwise the weak link on the top line? Regrettably, yes. We have set the bar so low for him that the occasional hustle from Dustin Penner makes me wish and want to write positive things. I am too dizzy to look up the stats but I would he surprised if he even had a shot on goal.
Back to hot tea, a warm blanket and a good book.