Post Game: Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 3

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 10:45 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

AVALANCHE 5 | BLUE JACKETS 3
PEPSI CENTER
DENVER, COLORADO




The Blue Jackets ran into penalty trouble on Sunday night against Pittsburgh and took the loss despite a strong effort at even strength. On New Year's Eve in Denver, there was a familiar script to the proceedings.

Columbus led twice - on an early goal by Ryan Johansen and a second period tally from Boone Jenner after a terrific shift in the Avalanche zone - but it quickly evaporated. Colorado scored two goals late in the middle frame and took a 3-2 lead into the third period, and they've been pretty darn good when they do that (especially at home). The Blue Jackets could only close to 4-3, eventually dropping their second straight game by a 5-3 final.

And though it wasn't the entire story, the Blue Jackets' penalty killing did them no favors at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche went 3-for-3 on the power play and at times, made it look easy against a Columbus penalty killing unit that yielded three goals against on Sunday, as well. Special teams have not been kind to the Blue Jackets of late and it has to be an item of concern for Todd Richards and his coaching staff as the team heads to Phoenix.

As Richards said post-game, the Blue Jackets have to be aware of stick infractions: hooking, slashing, tripping...those calls have made up the majority of their shorthanded time. Also of note: Jack Skille left this game early due to an upper body injury and did not return. 




Colorado's two-goal burst late in the second period changed the game around. Jamie McGinn tied things up 2-2 less than four minutes after Jenner gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead, and then Ryan O'Reilly followed with a power play tally at 14:42 of the second to give the Avalanche its first lead of the night. 



1. MATT DUCHENE (COL)
Duchene set up Colorado's tying goal and the go-ahead goal in a span of 2:38 late in the second period.  

2. NICK FOLIGNO (CBJ)
He scored his 11th goal of the season in the third period and made a great play to set up Johansen's game-opening goal. Foligno's hot streak continues, as he's up to six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven games.

3. SEMYON VARLAMOV (COL)
Varlamov did not have to be great tonight but he made 35 saves in total, and was particularly strong in the second period in keeping the Avalanche ahead after 40 minutes.




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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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