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.