I never like it when my team plays a short-handed opponent. I worry too much that my players will think it’ll be an easier night, drop their effort level a commensurate amount and bad things will happen. That’s just me.
But that’s the kind of performance the Avalanche gave tonight against a Washington Capitals team missing its starting goalie (Braden Holtby), its leading scorer (Evgeny Kuznetsov) and fifth-leading scorer (T.J. Oshie). The Avs seemed to think the Caps would just phone one in, based on their sluggish effort, which finished in a 3-2 overtime loss to Washington.
I thought the Avs essentially just gave this one away through a lack of effort. They were second to too many loose pucks and made too many casual passes that resulted in giveaways. Was it nice to get a point, thanks to a late Colin Wilson goal? Yes it was. They at least came away with something. But the fact is, the Avs deserved to lose.
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