Originally posted on All Things Avs  |  Last updated 12/24/11
Andy Cross, The Denver Post Anytime I can get a good crack in at Joe Sakic, I take it with gusto. He’s gotten me a few good ones over the years, so last night after the Avs beat the Bolts 2-1 it was payback time. “Hey Joe, I asked, “why didn’t you superstar players ever win eight in a row at home just like these kids did.” Joe didn’t seem to have a very good answer, but smiled nonetheless. Tonight’s victory happened because of a couple of players who really showed the leadership to get the team going after a brutal first period. Ryan O’Reilly is No.1 on the list, with just another great all-around game. He had a goal, five shots on net, won 74 percent of his faceoffs and did a real nice job defensively on the Tampa Bay top line. If the season ended today and O’Reilly weren’t on the all star team, it would be a farce. But there’s still plenty of time to go before teams are decided. But for my money, the Factor is the most all-around center going in the conference right now, with th...
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