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Avalanche upset after critical timekeeping ‘mistake’ vs Canucks

Mar 25, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

DENVER, CO - MARCH 24: Head coach Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche directs against the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center on March 24, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Vancouver beat Colorado 3-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche were down 3-1 on Sunday when the Vancouver Canucks committed two potentially costly penalties at 15:28 and 16:18 of the third period.

With a key opportunity to close the gap during a 5-on-3 power play, the Avalanche caught a break when P.A. Parenteau’s centering pass bounced off a Canucks’ player and went past goaltender Cory Schneider. The Avalanche thought the timing was perfect, as they were confident that there was still a second left on the first Canucks’ penalty.

The timekeepers disagreed and marked the goal at 17:29 of the third period — which meant that the game would return to even strength. The furious Avalanche were unable to close the gap any further and suffered a 3-2 loss.

The timekeepers decision didn’t sit well with the Avalanche. Colorado assistant GM Eric Lacroix was heard yelling at off-ice game officials in the hallway and Avalanche coach Joe Sacco didn’t keep his opinions to himself either.

“There was a full second left on the clock,” Avs coach Joe Sacco said, according to the Denver Post. “That cannot happen in our own building. That type of mistake cannot happen.

“Points are at a premium right now, we have players out there fighting and trying to gain points. We get another 49 seconds on that power play, you never know what can happen. Obviously, that’s a big mistake right there. That play should have been buzzed down and reviewed, just like any other goal.”

While the Avalanche might be mad, Denver Post writer Adrian Dater didn’t feel much sympathy for the Avalanche:

About the blown call tonight that cost the Avs 49 seconds of power-play time: sorry, I can’t get out my violin for a team that didn’t even get an official shot on goal in that 5-on-3. P.A. Parenteau’s goal was essentially kicked into their own net by the Canucks. The power play was bad all night, as the many boos from you on hand made clear.

Even Lacroix and Sacco, as mad as they were, admitted that the controversial timekeeping decision wasn’t the sole determining factor on Sunday.

Still, the Avalanche are dead last in the Western Conference and seven points out of eighth place with 17 games to go. They desperately needed those points as they try and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

You can view Parenteau’s power-play goal below:

  1. polegojim - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Yes its tough to lose an opportunity… but the solution is to do a MUCH better job with the other 59:11 and not being in that position.

    Forget the 49 seconds… that’s not even remotely the story here.
    1) Why isn’t Eric screaming and jumping up and down about their perennial ineptitude?
    2) Why aren’t he and his father as passionately committed to hiring a seasoned head coach who can mentor and lead this talented group of young men?

    They’re getting exactly what they deserve for their effort… they’ve produced the SECOND WORST team in the NHL to this point…. and Avs fans are forced to choke on it AGAIN.

    The storyline for the Avs is very tired.

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      True, but whether the Avs deserved to win the game or not ought to be irrelevant to the time-keeper doing his/her job correctly. Time-keepers get asked over and over again at the end of close games to put time back on the clock after a botched face-off or late icing, and yet the time-keepers can’t be arsed to take the time to get this right, in a situation of very high import?

      • polegojim - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Totally agree… and didn’t mean to sound like I was excusing the gaff.

        However, the bigger picture to me is the Avs major issues… that have only gotten WORSE with Sacco and Sherman and Eric at the helm…

  2. kaptaanamerica - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    The avalanche were out of it for long stretches. You have to wonder what management is doing, they seem inept.they can’t judge talent as you can see from the Chris Stewart, shattenkirk deal. They have no idea of the CBA rules since they matched the offer sheet instead of taking the picks and extracting something from Columbus in exchange For not matching so Columbus could grab him on waivers. If they were going to match then why not sign the guy to the same deal before the season? They would have had him for the first 15 games and maybe a few More points.Colorado is embarrassing themselves.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Raymond is finally showing something and Hansen has proven he’s a player who does more than check.the Canucks are getting scoring throughout the lineup.I’m glad garrison is getting to show his shoot first mentality and is getting rewarded.he’s on pace for a solid season.imagine if he’d had power play time all season.

  4. gregman98 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Typo in the second paragraph Ryan:

    “passed” should read as “past”.

    “…centering pass bounced off a Canucks’ player and went PASSED goaltender Cory Schneider.”

  5. phillyphan93 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Sounds like karma for the Duchene offsides goal vs Nashville

  6. r4n6er - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    The only blown call that we should talk about is the one that gave the Avs a 5 on 3 in the first place.

  7. profsudz - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    As a Wild fan, I’m pissed off that the avs can’t even be bothered to prevent the nucks from picking up an easy 2 points. I love to laugh at the avs, but come on

    • r4n6er - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Not sure why that would matter as “A Wild fan”. You guys have more games left, worry about winning your way their instead of the Cancuks losing their way out.

      • profsudz - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Clearly, but it is still going to be a tight race until the end.

  8. blkeskimo1785 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    They shouldn’t be upset with the timekeeper. They should be upset with their inability to successfully exit their zone, whether at even strength or on the power play; their inability to gain the offensive zone; their inability to maintain possession in the offensive zone; their inability to lay down and block a shot. This team is pathetic. How did they beat the Blackhawks 6-2? They play not to lose…disappointing.

  9. scionofflame - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Gosh, there was an error in Colorado? Excuse me while I weep for them as a Nashville fan. Just awful.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM


  10. trbowman - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    How the hell is Joe Sacco still collecting a paycheck? He rode a really hot goaltender to the 2010 playoffs. He’s done nothing. Terrible coach.

  11. ironmike778 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    “That can’t happen in our building”? What does that have to do with anything?

  12. rinkbox - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Peep over the glass and take a look at what equipment the Time-keepers in Denver must use. Looks bad from where I sit.

  13. shortsxit34 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Did anybody actually see the play? I almost refuse to believe that the play wasn’t reviewed upstairs to see if there was time left on the penalty or not.

    • rinkbox - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Doesn’t Toronto review all goals?

  14. billsboy88 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I liked your original headline better

  15. nyrnashty - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    That really sucks, but can’t rely on the PP to win you games. Look at the Bruins one of the worst PP’s ever and they still win a lot of games and a cup. Even the cup year their PP was horrible and they still won. Hate the Bruins, but can’t take that away from them. Stop whining and play some real hockey!

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