It's another late night here at Five for Howling HQ, but man oh man what a game we saw last night. With a playoff berth already in our hands it would have been easy to just phone it in or coast into this game, but we didn't. Everyone though that Colorado would be a team that was hungry for points and would bring their hunger with them in this one. They didn't. Everyone was ready to give Peter Mueller the business too, but he suddenly had a hip injury. Interesting. Basically it turned out really well for us, but it wasn't the game that anyone expected.
The first period was just a mess. Maybe the ice was bad from getting some things ready for the Paul McCartney concert that's happening Sunday, maybe we were just a little off after having a day off. I'm not sure, but we couldn't pass, skate, or posses the puck hardly at all for a good 15 minutes of the first. That being said we did get the first goal as Derek Morris bounced one right off the tape of Kyle Cumiskey for the first of the night. Our ugly play would continue later as on the power play we just kept turning in over in our own zone and former Coyote Kevin Porter made us pay getting a shorthanded goal as he lifted one into the top stick side of the net. Honestly we were lucky that we got out of that period tied at 1 with how the turnovers were occurring...
In the second the Coyotes finally figured out what was going on. Wojtek Wolski skated right into the slot and with a little screen just wristed one home past Craig Anderson. Later in the Period Taylor Pyatt would score one on a sharp angle to the goal that just seemed to have eyes. The puck was just bouncing the Coyotes' way or something. With just 33 seconds left in the second Milan Hejduk would close the gap as he took advantage of yet another Coyotes turnover in their own zone to just steal it and put it in the net. I though for sure that that goal was going to be the beginning of an Avs comeback as it was just a bad goal to give up.
The Coyotes just dominated the final period instead. Lee Stempniak would add two more goals to his already impressive run as a Coyote and Vernon Fiddler got a rare empty net shorthanded goal late in the period. It was nice to see the team really have that killer attitude and not come out just knowing they're in the playoffs with nothing to gain. The Avs just came out flat as well. They should have been desperate for those points, but they didn't really look it for most of the game. I loved the fact that the guys all saluted the fans who were there cheering them on tonight. Classy team
That's it for last night's action. here's the postgame presser and we'll see you tomorrow!