Monday, November 29, 2021

5 key points from the Avalanche’s 4-2 loss in Columbus

The Avalanche ruined an excellent performance by goalkeeper Darcy Kumper and lost 4-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night. Colorado fell 4-5-1 through 10 games, with a four-day break until coming on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks in their next game.

Five takeaways:

Great effort in the net. Kumper faced 41 shots and made 38 saves. That wasn’t the problem. The AVS took a 2–1 lead in the third period for the second consecutive game against Columbus and allowed 16 shots in the final 20 minutes.

Kumper allowed a game-tying goal off Alexandre Texier from an awkward dump-in bounce into the corner with 6:23 remaining – with Texier out-skating defenseman Sam Girard securing the puck and placing it away from the far post — and the game-winner came off Cole Silinger’s deflection that Kuemper didn’t see with just 1:02 to go.

Columbus added a blank-net goal to complete the 2-0 stretch against the AVS, which fell 5-4 in overtime at the Blue Jackets at Ball Arena on Wednesday.

“Darcy was our best player,” AVS winger Mikko Rentanen said postgame. “But he needs help from us. In the third I felt that we did not have legs. We didn’t make much until they tied the match. Lots of gliding, not enough physical. very disappointing. That’s not a way to win games in the NHL.”

powerless. Colorado was 0-for-four on the power play, finishing 0-for-7 against the Blue Jackets in a two-game set, and is now 4-for-39 (10.5%, 29th in the 32-team league). . on the weather. The AVs are the Precision Stanley Cup favorites and their power play should be highly productive. But their inability to capitalize on the man-advantage is a big reason why they’re down 10 games to .500.

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Burakovsky. Second-line left winger Andrei Burakovsky had two goals, both at equal-power. But he was on the ice for Columbus’s first two goals and finished with a zero rating. Burakovsky only had two shots, and he counted both, but that’s certainly part of the problem as the AVS continue to turn the puck and fail to find a coordinated two-way game.

Burakovsky made two good plays to score. But he remains a liability with the puck when he is not in the scoring areas.

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