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‘They were the hungrier team,’ says Avalanche’s Stastny after Game 4 loss

Apr 25, 2014, 1:55 AM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche had 12 shots on goal against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. So it was hardly a surprise the Avalanche dropped Game 4, as the series will now shift back to Denver tied at two-games apiece.

But while the Avalanche, which earlier enjoyed a 2-0 series lead, were outplayed on the road, this game was close on the score board, even if the shots-on-goal statistics suggest it probably should not have been. Colorado lost this game by a final score of 2-1. The Avalanche was one shot away from tying it, potentially sending this game to overtime.

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for the extra attacker with 2:35 remaining in the third period and had a late third-period power play and six-on-four advantage.

So, the opportunity was there. The goals weren’t. Colorado finished the third period with only five shots on goal.

“They were the hungrier team,” Avalanche forward Paul Stastny told The Denver Post. “They were the more desperate team. But we’ll be excited to go back home now, where we know our fans will be loud and we’ll regroup.”

According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN and ESPN, Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has been ruled out for Game 5.

Minnesota’s goalie Darcy Kuemper had his series shutout streak snapped at 124:35, as Ryan O’Reilly scored the lone Colorado goal, cutting the Wild’s two-goal second period lead in half. The Wild were credited with 11 blocked shots.

But Kuemper had a considerably lower work load than Varlamov at the other end of the rink.

“It was pretty easy for me. I just had to sit back and watch,” Kuemper said afterward, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.

  1. helloname01 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Handicapped by their lack of pot brownies!

    C’mon USA! Get with the times

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      The Wild and Clayton Stoner are the ones on their high horses if ya catch my drift

  2. edinatherealhockeytownusa - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Where’s the bacon?

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      and thats jabroni avscup?

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        prob busy cleanin the sand out her va j j

    • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Sorry dumb ass ‘danks. Not me but it’s true. Edina is the real hockey town. We all know it, even you!

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        as they say..


      • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        They also say cake is the breafast of champions. I’m sorry you had to be the loser but not everyone can always win.

      • guitarisgood4u - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Don’t remind me of Edina, brings up a string of hockey related disappointments this year.
        I’m from Lakeville North, they lost to Edina in the HS Championship
        I’m a student at the U of M, they lost in the Championship
        Here’s to the Wild not continuing that trend.

  3. slickvb82 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Tonight Granlund assisted on Spurgeons goal, drew 3 penalties, won 8 of 12 face-offs and blocked 3 shots in the final minute of the game! This dude is in full beast mode right!

    GO WILD!!!!

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      Grandolf is a stud’s stud

    • lbeezyse - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      It’s awesome to see Granlund, Coyle, Haula, Fontaine, Scandella, and Keumper come into their own. All the talk is about the Avs youth, but no one mentions our youth. Remember, we still have Zucker, Folin, Olofson Bulmer, Gustuvson, and Dumba in the pipeline. The Wild are in a fantastic spot moving forward. I’d like to see them lock up Moulson instead of blowing their wad on Vanek. Also Orpik would look nice in green and red.

      • guitarhunterdude - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Agreed on everything but Orpik. I’ve been less than impressed with him and he’s getting older. Guys who play as physically as he does tend to deteriorate pretty quickly, so I’d rather have a younger guy be our physical presence (Stoner or Prosser would be fine to fill that role in spot duty.) With Folin ready to at least step in as our # 6 defenseman, and with Dumba and Olofsson probably close to NHL-ready, I don’t think we need him. A group of


        and Stoner/Prosser as the #7 would be solid defensively and would move the puck well. Provided Brodin comes back to his previous form next year, of course.

      • lbeezyse - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        I like the idea of having a gitty net presence like Orpik. We need a big defender to mix with our scoring D-man Whether it is him or through a trade, I am fine with it either way. All of our D get pushed around by the bigger teams except for Suter, Stoner, and Scanny to a certain extent. If you push Stoner to the press box that leaves you with Prosser, Brodin, and Spurgeon. Seems pretty light to me.

        Also, what has taken Yeo so long to put Suter and Brodin back together?

        I personally would rather see:
        Scandella/Folin/Prosser – Dumba & Olofson are 2-3 years away yet.

        Maybe it’s time to use some of our youngsters as trade bait for a goalie, but why do that if Keumper can take the reigns. The Wild are setup for a long run of success.

      • guitarhunterdude - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        I wouldn’t mind that, at the right price and on a short contract. I just think anything bigger than third-pairing money for more than two, maybe three years would seriously interfere with re-signing the youngsters. It’s one of the reasons I’d prefer us to go after Milan Michalek instead of Moulson or Vanek (I think we could get him relatively cheaper and he’s got a similar scoring rate and possession numbers.)

      • guitarisgood4u - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Guitarhunter, I would say going after Michalek is a good idea, but historically we’ve had bad luck with Czecks/Slovaks

      • mp1131211 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        “Iโ€™d like to see them lock up Moulson instead of blowing their wad on Vanek”

        I agree with this totally.

      • jpmin - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        We’ve also got Ballard under contract for another year, who looked good at times, when he could stay healthy. I’m hoping the kids like Dumba, Folin, and even Medvec might push Ballard back to the 7th dman though. If you keep brodin on the left side assuming we don’t sign a free agent, I think we are deeper: suter – spurgeon, brodin – dumba/folin, scandella – medvec/ballard. Olofsson and Gunnarson and one or two of dumba/folin/medvec waiting in Iowa isnt too bad.

    • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Yup–and once again Pominville got the only helper on the winning goal. The guy just has a rare vision for seeing a play unfold in advance and positioning himself in space. Some of his passes in this series have been a real treat to watch…

      Glad Yeo finally found his killer 1st line: Parise-Granny-Poms ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. alfredosauce19 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    avscup i know you are crying but not to worry… you have only been a fan for 4 days!!! By tha way!, (Igor Tosh.O) everyone in MN knows that you can’t lace skates.

    • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Sorry, not crying. Avs have been out worked and out shot, hit and generally outplayed. We miss Duchene and Mitchell. Two of our top 3 centers. No excuse, we have been outplayed. I’m not worried though.

      • lbeezyse - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        I would be nervous if I were an Avs fan. I am a Caps fan as well and following them was brutal because of Varly’s inconsistency. If he falters the Lanche are done. I would estimate that the Wild have outplayed the Avs in 65% of the series so far and Varly is the only thing that has kept them in it. I think whoever wins game 5 takes the series.

      • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        I agree with you on your points except game 5. Hard to tell but whomever wins 2 wins the series.

      • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        That must be some good shiit. No less than four reasons why your season is almost over–yet you’re not worried. Pack another bowl, Beavis…

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        clarke, you could afford to take some tokes and gain some perspective…..Its a honor to pack a bowl, not an insult

      • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        …depends on what you’ve got in your stash, my friend… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • mp1131211 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        I wouldn’t be worried either. Weather is getting nice in the mile high city. Golfing might be an option next week.

    • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      BTW, was at both Stanley cups in ’96 & ’01! You? Ever been to one?

      • lbeezyse - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        This just in: Duchene has been ruled out for game 5 and probably game 6 as well. Mitchell? Can’t find anything on him, so he must not be that good. Your version of our Brodziak maybe?

  5. hardkor07mn - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Don’t say beast mode in front of Denver fans. They might have flashbacks of the Super Bowl. GO WILD!!!!

  6. youngs79 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Stastny is a piece of $%&#. Only a coward would have to cross check a smaller player, in the back, when he’s on his knees, not facing him. He shoved Granlund into the net, then after the whistle blows, the play is over, he cross checks him with the only intent to injure him. Zero respect for that guy. He is garbage.

    • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Clearly–a gutless play. Intent is pretty clear there. IMO, that’s the type of crap that needs to be removed from hockey–not dropping the hammer on a guy who took it too far in finishing his check…

      But then–that’s why you keep a Rupp or Boogaard around, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ My personal fav was Basil McRae. That dude pounded iron and shiit bullets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      theres also a shot in the paper of Holden delivering a nut shot to Parise in front of the net, no penalty of course.

  7. Gord - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Oh please. If Statsny actually wanted to hurt him with that cross check he would of. It’s the playoffs. Pull your panties up.

    • lbeezyse - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      While watching the game last night it was clear as day that the Avs are getting frustrated and are starting to take stupid penalties. Whether its the constant of being hit or the pressure, they are showing signs of cracking. Most all the after whistle scrums have been initiated by the Avs. If they are having this much trouble with the Wild, good luck with San, Ana, or STL. Dallas even plays a more physical brand of hockey than the Wild.

  8. purpleguy - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    The game results aren’t about desire, want to or any of that subjective emotional mumbo-jumbo. Watching the Avs defenders’ inability to clear or make solid outlet passes from their zone compared to the Wild defenders is like night and day. Mackinnon, Landeskog and Stastny aren’t going to have opportunities to score if their defensemen can’t effectively clear the zone. The Avs top 6 forwards and goalie are great, but other than Johnson, luckily for the Wild, the Avs defensemen are killing them.

    • southstands1 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      You hit the nail on the head…which is a huge reason the hit on Barrie fired up so many Avalanche fans. Barrie is the best offensive defenseman Colorado has…losing him hurts in more ways than one.

      That said, the Avalanche are not putting the puck on net. 12 FREAKING SHOTS ON GOAL?? Unacceptable…especially when Varlomov is facing 32 on the other end. It would be one thing if this was a fluke, but Colorado only mustered 22 shots in game three too. Some of that has to do with the Wild’s defense, but even weak shots sometimes make things happen. Colorado has got to find a way to send pucks at Kuemper.

      This is the norm though for Colorado…crappy defense with an up tempo offense and outstanding goalie play. May have worked in the regular season, but it won’t work in the playoffs. Even if Colorado pulls their collective heads out and wins this series, they’re not going far if they don’t address the defense and shots on goal.

      Hats off to Minnesota…you kicked the Avalanche’s butt last night…no excuses from this Colorado fan.

      • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Well, well… What a pleasure. A classy Avs fan steps from the shadows. Thank you, my friend. This is a fun series. NOTHING else is like playoff hockey…

      • avfanforlife - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        …and… Av’s need to stop talking about taking those shots and having a strong net presence so the Wild goalie cant see everything, and actually do it…

  9. welch3319 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    A Classy Avs fan indeed … cant say that about The Wild fan. They act like they have one something!?!…. LMFAO

    • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Try to empty some douche from your bag, son… You’ll be lighter on your feet that way.

  10. welch3319 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    The only Douche in this whole thread is you’re punk ass Son. You got nothing better to do in you’re pethedic life thenthen troll, but cant be seen when the wild get beat. You’re a loser period bud.

  11. welch3319 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    I give Minnesota credit .. they’re defense has been a beast and it releases pressure off the offense to do what they do. Something the AVS defense hasn’t done this series or in the regular season for that matter. I just hope one day we can have the kind of defense like The Wild , so our young fowards can do they’re thing. But I like the direction of our team and you cant go no where but up. Its been an awesome series Go Avs Go

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