I am trying to make sense of this game. We were badly outshot although the forecheck was working. We just could not get the puck to the high percentage scoring areas and pick up rebounds.
Ben Scrivens was marvelous. We should have trailed at least 2-0 by the midway point of the third period. I sure as hell cannot fault the defense as they came up big on the penalty kill and also did as well as you can do against a very fast Colorado Avalanche team.
So, what do we make of this game?
We simply chalk it up to our inability to finish. The offense let us down again, just as it did last night. There were a few decent chances on rebounds but they were far between.
Simply, we miss Jeff Carter. I love watching the kids play and we are seeing the future in many respects but the goalscoring touch of a 40 goal scorer like Carter cannot be replaced by potential. Potential does not have his wrist shot. Potential does not back off the defenders. Potential does not bury the puck often enough.
Potential is gravy, it’s not the turkey.
I take some positives out of this loss and the one last night. Jake Muzzin has looked competent. He is calming down in the defensive zone, I am seeing patience with the puck and more poise on the breakouts.
We’ve already talked about The Professor but he deserves more than one mention for his performance tonight. That was Jonathan Quick-like in some respects.
Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov are playing some great hockey. While the offense is not necessarily there with them as much as I would like, every player on the team had to be more defensively responsible as a result of Colorado’s sustained attack.
In the game against New Jersey, we deserved more than one point. In this game, we are lucky to have gotten one point. What is life if not a test of balance? What is hockey if not life?
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