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12-14-2011, 02:04 AM
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Awesome game.

Does anyone have a link where I can watch the entire shootout?

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12-14-2011, 05:43 AM
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Well, feels good to pick up a W again, still not to far out of the battle!

Boys played a pretty good game, McClement is playing great for us, that PP goal was beautiful, exactly how a PP is suppose to work, Winnik had a nice goal and EJ seemed to get some confidence after that goal. Stas looked very good again even though he wasnt on the scoresheet and was a -2, he had a few very nice passes and a couple good chances. Elliott's goal was just great, he's going to be a star for us in a couple years.

This team will be so much better when we have Siemens and Barrie replacing Obyrne and Obrien in a couple years.

Great game, now lets just go on a 5 game win streak and get above .500, easy to do right?

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12-14-2011, 09:00 AM
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I know it's bound to change at some point, but when we get to a shootout, I'm already adding the two points to our total.

Seems like we're just a guarantee in shootouts.

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I hate that Galiardi takes those high sticks, even if it is more accident than anything else. He is playing very well. Shooting when he can, hitting everything and skating like a fiend. But when he takes a penalty and they score, it's a gimme to Sacco.

I like Galiardi on a scoring line over Jones. I think he does a much better job at giving his line mates time and space. If Sacco shows faith in him he will be rewarded.

Jones needs to get out of his funk, but with his skill set, he can figure it out with McClement and Winnik. Perhaps their attitude will rub off.

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12-14-2011, 09:07 AM
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I liked the way we played last night. It's amazing how good this team looks when mostly everyone puts fourth a top effort.

My biggest complaint would be that the Avs obviously took their foot off the pedal once they went up late in the 3rd period. I wish they had kept applying the pressure because SJ was having issues all night containing the Avs. Some teams are good at doing that, but SJ was having trouble with it.

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12-14-2011, 09:07 AM
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I hate that Galiardi takes those high sticks, even if it is more accident than anything else. He is playing very well. Shooting when he can, hitting everything and skating like a fiend. But when he takes a penalty and they score, it's a gimme to Sacco.

I like Galiardi on a scoring line over Jones. I think he does a much better job at giving his line mates time and space. If Sacco shows faith in him he will be rewarded.

Jones needs to get out of his funk, but with his skill set, he can figure it out with McClement and Winnik. Perhaps their attitude will rub off.
to be fair, if Galiardi didn't give marleau the stick, he would have scored anyway. It's not most players go to move to prevent a goal but it worked.

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12-14-2011, 09:11 AM
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to be fair, if Galiardi didn't give marleau the stick, he would have scored anyway. It's not most players go to move to prevent a goal but it worked.
It was certainly an original way to stop a goal. Not sure I've seen the "high stick" used for that before.

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12-14-2011, 09:17 AM
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to be fair, if Galiardi didn't give marleau the stick, he would have scored anyway. It's not most players go to move to prevent a goal but it worked.
He could just as well had played the body of Marleau. It didn't look like Galiardi had any idea where his stick was on the play. He was looking at the puck the whole time.

I doubt Sacco will view it as one of those penalties you take to prevent a goal, even if it actually did just that. Galiardi never seems to catch a break with Sacco.

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12-14-2011, 12:01 PM
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I do like the fact that we have shooters on the point who actually make would-be blockers think twice about getting in the way. I remember at least a couple Sharks coming up slow after blocking shots. That certainly didn't happen last year.

If we could just get a better presence in the slot our GF total would go way up.

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12-14-2011, 12:19 PM
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I still think ROR needs to play the point on one of our PP's. He has great vision, a really hard shot, and is one of our better defensive players. We actually do have a few good options back there now. Now if we could figure out the forwards we could be set.

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12-14-2011, 12:20 PM
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BTW, it's pretty clear McLellan is fed up with his stars and chose to send a message in the shootout. He sent Handzus, Havlat, Pavelski, Clowe, and Winchester out there...no Thornton, no Marleau, no Couture, no Boyle. Wow. They're calling for his head in the Sharks forum, which I find hilarious.

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12-14-2011, 12:31 PM
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I still think ROR needs to play the point on one of our PP's. He has great vision, a really hard shot, and is one of our better defensive players. We actually do have a few good options back there now. Now if we could figure out the forwards we could be set.
The first PP played more of an umbrella last night.

Elliot
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Hejduk/Landeskog

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12-14-2011, 12:39 PM
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The first PP played more of an umbrella last night.

Elliot
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Hejduk/Landeskog
I agree with this. I think it was a good way to have better openings to be able to create passes and scoring chances. I haven't seen them dump the puck on the PP like they used to last night which I also liked. Not talking of even strength though on that matter.

I can't wait till the wingers go more down in our zone so our D can make a good breakout pass. Than instead of dumping it in the zone they should use a 2-1-2 system which would make players more available to pass entering the zone.

Sacco also had a lot of faith in Elliott last night, putting him most of the minutes in OT with Quincey. He deserved it cause last night was one of his best game offensively and defensively.

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12-14-2011, 12:39 PM
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stefan elliott is going to be an awesome defencman for us. ... shatten..who?

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12-14-2011, 12:40 PM
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BTW, it's pretty clear McLellan is fed up with his stars and chose to send a message in the shootout. He sent Handzus, Havlat, Pavelski, Clowe, and Winchester out there...no Thornton, no Marleau, no Couture, no Boyle. Wow. They're calling for his head in the Sharks forum, which I find hilarious.
I'd take him in a second along with Carlyle.

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12-14-2011, 12:45 PM
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I'd take him in a second along with Carlyle.
I know Sacco's bad, but you don't need to bring in TWO head coaches to make up for him... right?

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12-14-2011, 01:00 PM
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stefan elliott is going to be an awesome defencman for us. ... shatten..who?
Don't jump the gun there yet. He's still a bit weak defensively in my eyes.

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12-14-2011, 01:02 PM
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Don't jump the gun there yet. He's still a bit weak defensively in my eyes.
Last night, he was one of our best D talking defensively in my eyes.

But this was just last night. I think he's still raw and has got a lot to learn.

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12-14-2011, 01:18 PM
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Last night, he was one of our best D talking defensively in my eyes.

But this was just last night. I think he's still raw and has got a lot to learn.
Yea he's definitly very Raw on the Defensive side, but man does he ever have a killer wrist shot, and his skating ability is just astonishing.

IMO at worse he ends up being a very good Puck moving Dman whos below average in the Defensive zone, something like Kaberle only a better skater. At best he has the potential to be an elite Defensman, he's already one of the fastest Dmen in the game, and his shot is lethul, if he can Devellop a solid positional Defensive game he can become a Superstar Defensman, something like a better version of Liles.

The Avs wont have much to worry about Defensivly in a couple years if our Top 4 is EJ, Elliott, Siemens, and Barrie. 3 of the 4 could easily be Top pairing Dmen, and Barrie will likely be a good Top 4 guy!

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12-14-2011, 01:26 PM
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Don't jump the gun there yet. He's still a bit weak defensively in my eyes.
when was shattenkirk ever good defensively. the offence is key.

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12-14-2011, 01:37 PM
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when was shattenkirk ever good defensively. the offence is key.
Cue the Blues fans saying how awesome he is in his own zone.

On a serious note, I think that Elliot will make us forget about Shatty (don't get me wrong I would like to have him back), you can just see how intelligent he is, he'll never be the one to throw his body around and he probably won't use his body to separate opposing players from the puck, but his hockey IQ makes up for that pretty well.

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12-14-2011, 02:30 PM
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Awesome game.

Does anyone have a link where I can watch the entire shootout?
If you check the Avalanche site and click on post game they have the full shootout available to watch.

Edit: Here it is

http://video.avalanche.nhl.com/video...d=-6&id=142186


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12-14-2011, 04:26 PM
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Don't jump the gun there yet. He's still a bit weak defensively in my eyes.
He isn't Ozolinsh offensively (not yet at least, hopefully) but he sure as hell ain't Ozolinsh defensively.

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Next game, I sure hope the Avs take a few shots aimed squarely at Jamie McGinn's crotch.

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12-14-2011, 05:04 PM
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"It's a great individual play," Sacco said. "There's not much else to say. We talk about going D to D and moving the puck up to the forwards, but that play works, too."
Sacco's comment on Elliott's goal.

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