The Avalanche have had a below average season this year, coming into tonights game with the record of 8-10-4. They’re 14th in the Western Conference, but tonights huge win over the Chicago Blackhawks may start the Avs up.
Incase you have been living under a rock, one of the biggest talks in sports has been the play of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks came into tonights game with a 21-0-3 record, and hadn’t lost a game all season in regulation.
Thanks to the Avalanche’s huge second period, they were able to cruise to only their ninth win of the season, but definitely their biggest. It’s only one win on paper, but beating the best team in the NHL and ending their amazing streak is something that can spark a team big time.
As far as the game goes, the Blackhawks struck first, as Jonathan Toews put one home past Semyon Varlamov 5:44 into the first period. After that, the Avs went on a roll. Five unanswered goals were huge for them as Paul Stastny buried home his 7th of the season late in the first period.
The second period may have been the best all season for the Avalanche, as they picked up four goals. Matt Duchene got the crew rolling with a goal a little over four minutes into the second period. Less than thirty seconds later, John Mitchell scored his eighth of the season to give the team a 2-1 lead. Ryan O’Reilly picked up his first goal of the season midway through the second, and Jamie McGinn capped the great period off with his fourth goal of the season.
The Blackhawks picked up a goal in the third from Brian Bickell and the Avalanche answered with a P.A. Parenteau goal. The Avalanche were able to close the game out and eventually won by a final score of 5-2. Varlamov played an overall good game in between the pipes, and finished the night with 27 saves. Duchene played a huge role with a goal and three assists, and once again, this is the kind of game that can ignite a season.
Up next for the Avalanche, they will take on the San Jose Sharks, Sunday afternoon at 5:30 P.M.