Avs need to overcome more than just bad officiating


MrAnderson.jpgIt’s amazing how the storylines can change during a playoff series.
At the end of game three, after the San Jose Sharks dominated the
Avalanche for three periods only to lose 1-0 in overtime, there was talk
about blowing the team up and a curse that is hanging over the

Yet now here we sit, two convincing wins later and
there’s no doubt who the better team in this series is. The Sharks have
taken a 3-2 series lead after a dominant 5-0 victory last night, and now
there’s some consternation building in Denver.

Some of it doesn’t even
have to do with the Avalanche and their effort.

Adrian Dater, beat writer for the Avalanche for the Denver Post,
is not happy, and he has not been pleased all series long with one
particular aspect: the officiating. He
spells it out on his All Things Avs blog:

the Galiardi call all you want, but let’s examine what happened
toward the end of the second period tonight. Cody McLeod cross-checked
San Jose’s Douglas Murray from behind, and into his own goalie and the
right post of the net. That should have been a penalty, granted. But
here’s what the refs did: they gave NO penalty to McLeod. They DID
give a four-minute minor to Scott Hannan, who, for all I saw, was just
trying to act as a peacemaker, trying to grab someone and calm them
down. Happens all the time in NHL scrums. Meanwhile, San Jose’s Travis
McGinn started to PUNCH Avs rookie Matt Duchene, not just once but a few

Dater notes that the Sharks have had 21 power
plays in the series, while the Avs have had just 10. He also makes sure
to point out that he doesn’t believe there is any conspiracy against
the Avalanche, just a series full of poor officiating. If you’ve been
watching all of the games so far in the playoffs, it’s tough to argue
with that sentiment; the officiating has been inconsistent and downright
bad at times.

This is a tough series for Colorado, who are trying
their best to match up with San Jose without two of their top offensive
forwards in the game. Peter Mueller was acquired via trade to add some
offensive firepower to the Avs and to take pressure off Matt Duchene and
Paul Statsny; with Mueller and Milan Hejduk out, Colorado has struggled
to mount any sort of counterattack to what the Sharks are throwing in
their direction.

Bad officiating or not, Craig Anderson can only
do so much with goal support from his teammates.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.