This one goes in the “It was nothing fancy, but we’ll take it” file.

The Avs needed a win like this tonight probably. They made a lot of the same mistakes they’ve been making  lately, including a too-many-men penalty for the fourth straight game, another power-play goal against, too much overpassing by the big guys in scoring situations, too many icing violations, not enough time with the puck.

But the Avs won the damn game, 2-1 over Montreal, a win that puts them at 44 points entering Friday’s home game against Chicago. The Avs will have a weird back-to-back schedule against the Blackhawks (Friday) and at Arizona (Saturday) before getting five days off, then playing on the 27th at Vegas.

I viewed these two points tonight as crucial, as well as the two Friday against a sliding Chicago club. You really have to get the points when they’re there waiting for you, and tonight the Avs got two – though it was probably a lot harder than it should have been.


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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.