A 1-1 third period tie turned into disaster quickly as newly minted 2nd line winger Jordan Hendry was called for a 4 minute elbowing penalty. Nevermind that neither of the referees had called the penalty intially or that Viktor Stalberg was nearly paralyzed in the opposite corner on what was clearly a 5 minute boarding.
Tomas Fleischmann, who is quickly annointing himself as an infamous Hawk killer, scored both times on the double minor and that pretty much put the Avalanche on the fast track to two points on the road.
He added another goal later in the third to give himself the hat trick.
–While Bob said the other day there was nothing with Jordan Hendry as a fourth line winger, I don’t think either of us could have imagined he would see multiple shifts with the 2nd line. For a reason unbeknownst to anyone, Jeremy Morin was lifted off the 2nd line halfway through the game for Jordan Hendry. Would Morin have elbowed something named Winnik too to get the double minor?
Maybe. But I can definitely tell you he wouldn’t have been down as low as Hendry. As a defenseman turned winger, Hendry can’t help who he is and when he sees his defensive bretheren in trouble, he’ll scoot down lower than a normal winger would.
Either way, that’s besides the point. Jordan Hendry was playing on a scoring line!! Injuries or not, that is inexcusable.
–There was some rumblings last year that the Avalanche were giving serious consideration to sending the Hawks Kevin Shattenkirk for Kris Versteeg. Yeah, I think that trade may have been a little better than the poo-poo platter they ended up with.
–Tomas Kopecky is just re-defining ways to appear useless. Last year, he was an irregular 4th liner and really didn’t have a chance. He turned a strong Olympics into a solid 2nd half of the season.
Now, he’s just getting in the way. If there’s a reason why both he and Troy Brouwer are still on the top power play unit, please speak up. They both stand in front of the net and Kopecky, more often than not, draws his man right to Brouwer effectively covering two guys with just one. Not the best way to take advantage of the man advantage.
Don’t even get me started on his lack of puck pursuit.
–I’d really love to know if anyone in the league has had more of their shots blocked than Duncan Keith. He’s good for at least four a game.
–Colorado’s 4th goal was bad on so many levels. First of all, this idea that Jassen Cullimore has deceiving speed. No. The guy moves like Frankenstein.
Second, Brian Campbell has to just turn around and touch that puck. I’m not sure if he was confused as to who he was out there with but he’s got to just go get it. I’m not sure what any of the forwards were doing. Bryan Bickell watched Fleischmann walk out in front. Dave Bolland was equally slow coming back.
–Leave it to Edzo to try and paralyze your children. In the third period when Paul Stastny went crashing into the boards, Olcyzk stopped it right there for a teaching point for young hockey players. Instead of explaining the obvious safety advice of keeping your head up if you’re crashing into the boards (which Stastny clearly did not do), he went on to say the most important thing to do is try and brace yourself with your hands. I think AHAI and USA Hockey probably disagree with that brilliant advice.