The Colorado Avalanche would suffer a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames Monday night and head coach Patrick Roy wasn’t too happy with his veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere after his performance. This coming via Mike Chambers of The Denver Post:
“I think Jiggy should have played better tonight. We’re not going to look at our team. We might not have had the jump we should have, but Jiggy needs to be better. He hasn’t played well in the last four or five games. He should stand up and say, ‘I’m not playing up to what I should.’ And he did not. He needs to be better, and we need him playing better. Period.”
The Flames would start the game off with a goal just 1:08 in as rookie Sean Monahan collected his 12th goal of the season, assisted by Lee Stempniak and Dennis Wideman. Colorado would head on the power-play as Flames Mike Cammalleri would be called for tripping. Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon would shine one again as the 18-year-old would notch his second career multigoal game as he scored on two power-plays in the first period, with goal number 13 and 14.
The Calgary Flames would take advantage of the Avalanche late in the second period as Joe Colborne would put one past Giguere for his 4th goal of the season. T.J. Galiardi and Shane O’Brien would pick up the assists. Jiri Hudler would strike a couple of minutes later, collecting goal number 12 of the season on the assists from Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund.
USA Olympic bound Paul Stastny would tie the game up in the third period at three as he would collect his 12th goal of the season, assisted by Gabriel Landeskog and Jan Hejda. Flames Mike Cammalleri would crash the party for the Avs as he would score goal number 13 of the season on a power-play where the Avalanche were called for Too Many Men on the Ice. The Avs would fall 4-3 to the Calgary Flames, but would win the season series, 2-1.
Here is an update on forward Alex Tanguay via The Denver Post:
Meanwhile, Avs forward Alex Tanguay skated Monday morning in his latest comeback attempt from knee/groin/hip injuries. He has not played since Nov. 2 and will undergo season-ending hip surgery if he has another setback. Tanguay, who is scheduled to skate Tuesday before and possibly during practice, originally suffered a knee injury.
The Colorado Avalanche (26-12-4, 56 points) will continue their seven-game home stand where they are 3-1-1 against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. Puck-drop is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET, 7:30 PM MT.