Found November 06, 2011 on
All Things Avs:
Tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center wraps up “Father’s Weekend” for the Avalanche. The NHL players and their fathers traveled to Dallas on Thursday for Friday’s 7-6 overtime loss against the Stars and have spent the rest of the weekend together in Denver. Unfortunately for 24-year-old defenseman Ryan Wilson, who might be Colorado’s MVP thus far, he is still mourning the loss of his father and stepfather. His father, Gary Wilson, died of a heart attack at age 43 in 2003, and his stepfather, Barry Hall, died of cancer at age 45 in 2008.
Ryan Wilson was 16 and 21, respectively, at the time of those deaths, and has gone from an undrafted free agent to one of the most respected, and perhaps feared, middleweight defenseman in the Western Conference, if not the entire NHL.
“A big hit at the right time can change the momentum of the game, depending on the situation, and that, coupled with the fact that he’s a steady player defensively right now, makes him a very im...
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Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene completely danced through the Dallas Stars defense on Friday night, completing a hat trick with this beautiful goal. You have to wonder what the three pylons in Dallas uniforms were doing when they just let Duchene skate right between them and towards the net. Duchene had to avoid no checks, [...]
It may not be relevant to the Colorado Avalanche, but I wanted to share this hit by Linköping’s Sebastian Karlsson on Magnus Kahnberg of Frölunda Indians HC I decided to post it since I figure it’s a very newsworthy story in Sweden and I want to share it with our northamerican readers. It’s one of the worst headshots I’ve seen. Sweden’s having the same discussion about...
Before the games, the Avs and Stars watch game film of the Philiadelphia Flyers-Winnipeg Jets game and decided "I want to try that."
Matt Duchene had a four point night including his first career hat trick but the Avs still fell 7-6 in OT on night where the bounces were crazier than a Tim Burton Pinball Machine.
Despite coming out to a 2-0 lead in the first period...
The Colorado Avalanche lost 6-7 in OT against the Dallas Stars in what Steve Martin would’ve referred to as a wild and crazy game. I still believe that the Avs have reason to feel cautiously optimistic after their loss, even though the team saw several defensive breakdowns and didn’t get the usual quality of goaltending from Semyon Varlamov. The reason for the optimism can be...
Although neither player took part in yesterday’s practice or the morning skate a little while ago at the Pepsi Center, the Avs said centers Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny will be in the lineup tonight against the Cal-Gary Flames. O’Reilly has what sounds like a touch of the flu or something close, while Stastny just took a “maintenance day” yesterday.
Question for tonight...
Oft-injured Avalanche winger Peter Mueller, who has played in just 18 games over three seasons in Colorado, participated in a full practice with the team today and is again shooting toward a
Avalanche coach Joe Sacco has one explanation for the seemingly mysterious inability of his team to win at home, but is a winner on the road: turnovers and play that is too cute.
One of the all-time strangest games tonight in Dallas. Avs lose 7-6 in overtime to the Stars, a game in which they led 2-0, trailed 4-2, led 5-4, led 6-5 and lost in the OT – in front of a terrible crowd at American Airlines Center. That NBA lockout is really helping teams like the Stars, eh?
Matt Duchene’s third goal of the night was the highlight-reel marker of the year so...
Avalanche coach Joe Sacco wanted more offense and he got it in the form of six goals. Unfortunately, the Avs gave up seven, falling in overtime 7-6 to the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
The hot start for the Colorado Avalanche is history and the club will try to gain a measure of consistency tonight versus the Northwest Division-rival Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center.