The Colorado Avalanche got a controversial 6-5 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday afternoon in a very wild game. Both teams combined for seven goals in the second period, including one scored by Matt Duchene that was extremely controversial.
Duchene broke into the zone and the puck followed him in without being called offside. Duchene finished the play and scored on Chris Mason to score Colorado’s third goal of the game. It was a non-call that was missed by the linesman, and it ended up hurting the Predators when all was said and done. Here’s a picture of the missed call that was tweeted out:
I guess in Colorado, the blue line has a +/- of 3 feet. twitter.com/krazykylepreds…
— Kyle Hankins (@krazykylepreds) February 18, 2013
Nashville’s defense did not have their best game, and Chris Mason allowed a few goals that he would like to have back. The Predators looked pretty good offensively, however, for the majority of the game. They were able to score five goals on Semyon Varlamov, and Patric Hornqvist registered 12 shots on goal in his return to the lineup.
This was the second time in the last six games that the Predators have been burned on a controversial call. However, the Predators did score five goals in the game and had opportunities to win in the third period. The Predators played a great game offensively, but there defense wasn’t up to the normal standard of excellence they’ve established so far this season. The Predators will take on their Central Division rival Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night in Nashville.
Five things from today’s game…
- Shea Weber scored a goal in his second consecutive game and also registered in an assist. The offense appears to finally be opening up for him.
- Colin Wilson recorded a goal and an assist to increase his point total on the season to 12, which leads the team. He’s been playing very well for the Predators so far this season.
- Sergei Kostitsyn also recorded a goal and an assist in today’s game and was a plus-3. It was his best game of the season so far, and the Predators are going to need him to continue to contribute offensively.
- Chris Mason didn’t have his best game, and the bounces were not going his way. He actually kicked the puck in his own net for Colorado’s first goal after a bad bounce off the boards, and the defense in front of him put him in some bad positions to make saves.
- Matt Duchene was a force all game long for the Avalanche. He recorded two assists and scored one goal on the afternoon. Even without the controversial goal, Duchene was still the best forward for the Avalanche. He was all over the place.
Three stars from today’s game…
1. Matt Duchene, COL…Duchene was fantastic all day long for the Avalanche and was their offensive leader.
2. Aaron Palushaj, COL… Palushaj also recorded three points on the night, scoring one goal and two assists.
3. Shea Weber, NSH… Weber scored one goal and an assist and registered 25:32 of ice time for the Predators.