Showing posts with label Colorado Avalanche. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Colorado Avalanche. Show all posts

Monday, February 11, 2008

Adversity seems to energize Avs

Three of their top players are out with injury, yet the Colorado Avalanche continue to battle their way through the NHL season, not only still viable as a playoff contender but soon to be stronger when their injured compatriots return.

Saturday night was a contrast in coping, as the Avs met the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.

Both teams have suffered a rash of injuries that have seen make shift lines thrown together and minor leaguers given their chance to shine. While the Avs seem to have risen to the challenge, the Canucks of late have stumbled as the injuries mount.

On Saturday, while Ryan Smyth, Joe Sakic and Peter Stastny continued to mend their various injuries their team mates once again took charge of their situation and added to their win category, with a convincing 6-2 victory over a listless looking Canucks squad.

Colorado has now gone 5-3-2 since the power trio have been sidelined, a remarkable bit of bonding for a team that looked as though the bottom was closer than the top when the injuries began to mount.

Stastny is set to return to the line up any day now, while the convalescence period for Smyth and Sakic is to be a little longer yet.

However, judging by the way the Avs are playing, if nothing else, Smyth and Sakic will be well rested for a playoff run, and considering how well the team has come together in their absence, that may be a lengthy run at that.

Friday, September 14, 2007

From the NHL catwalk: Avalanche

As the NHL and Rbk release the new updated uniforms for the NHL this year, we'll provide a link to the NHL shop page and a preview of the new look. Here's the new clothing choice for discriminating Colorado Avalanche fans.
Ducks shop page.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Burnaby Joe nets his six hundredth goal

Since the day he entered the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques, Joe Sakic has been the poster boy for a team player. He rarely revels in his achievements, dedicated as he is to the goal of the team coming first.

Thursday night, Sakic once again contributed as he always does, with tenacious play and a timely goal, though even he would admit that number six hundred probably is not the thing of the highlight reels.

Yet when a goal is needed, it doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as it finds the back of the net. Sakic picked up two goals in the match with the flames Thursday, a first period goal that cut the Flames lead in the period.

He ended the night with an empty net goal leading the Avs to a 7-5 victory over the Flames and putting them in the thick of the playoff hunt, just like he has year after year after year. He’s on a scoring streak in his last six games, collecting five goals and four assists, beyond the points it’s his presence on the ice that keeps the Avs in the hunt once again for a playoff spot.

His is a quiet, confident leadership, a player who leads by example and exemplifies work ethic with every shift of every game.

His achievement Thursday, moves him into the top echelons of NHL scorers, holding down 17th place and counting, he’ll no doubt be climbing that list a bit more before he finally wraps up a most successful career.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Three stages of Theodore

It’s an interesting line up of stories on the Globe and Mail website today. In its hockey section, right there in the section dedicated to all things Montreal, is a recap of the weekend happening of les Habitants.

They have three separate items about Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore, each one telling a story of Jose’s lost weekend in Montreal.

The first story of note has the following headline:

Theodore excited about Montreal return

Provided from its pre game perspective, it explained how Theodore was rather glad to be back in Montreal with his new team, ready to face his former fans (and more than a few foes) for the first time since last season’s trade.

Article number two recounts the actual game itself which did not go well for the Avalanche or their goaltender on Saturday night:

Canadiens embarrass Theodore in return to Montreal

The story recounts the Canadiens scoring onslaught that resulted in an 8-5 victory for Montreal and he reaction of the crowd that were merciless in their treatment of their former hero.

The final article of the trilogy, puts the punctuation mark on the weekend with a very unsympathetic look at the fate of Theodore after his Saturday night massacre.

Theodore's homecoming a disaster

With cut lines from various Montreal newspapers all declaring that Theodore had been humiliated and romped over. It was not as one would imagine an enjoyable experience if Jose bothers to read the newspapers.

What’s that they say about going home again, something about you can’t?

Jose probably understands the concept after this weekend.