Avalanche-Kings Preview

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“Sure there’s red flags, and you do keep pushing forward,” Sutter told the Kings’ official website.. “I mean, when isn’t there a red flag, and when don’t you push forward?. Every game there’s a red flag for every team.. So whether it’s individually or team-wise, it’s all different, and they’re not all the same.. That’s part of it.” Top scorer Anze Kopitar finished a season-worst minus-four on Tuesday as the Kings were outscored 4-0 in the third period.. Jeff Carter had a three-game goal streak snapped.. Sutter isn’t too worried about any negative effects.. “You know what?. You don’t have to re-teach,” he said.. “These guys, there’s a reason they’re the defending Stanley Cup champions, right?. Because when they have a rough game, they’re able to handle it properly.” The Kings had dropped five straight to the Avalanche (13-22-5), including the first matchup this season, before ending that slide with a 4-1 victory Feb.. 23 in the last meeting. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/AvalancheKings-Preview-02523838

Colorado Avalanche roars past the Anaheim Ducks, 4-1

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By Lance Pugmire April 10, 2013, 10:31 p.m.. The expectation of a playoff-clinching moment for the Ducks deteriorated Wednesday into something far less memorable.. The Colorado Avalanche , trailing all other NHL teams in points, forced Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller to the bench by scoring four goals off him in the first two periods, en route to a 4-1 victory at Honda Center .. “They wanted it more than us, won every battle, worked harder,” Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray said.. Radek Dvorak leads Ducks to 2-1 win over Oilers And as Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau added: “When we stink, we stink.” Hiller had won eight of his last nine decisions at home, with a 1.88 goals-against average since March 1 before Wednesday’s head-scratching performances.. Colorado (13-22-5) began the night in a 2-12-1 slump, Monday’s latest loss prompting goaltender and ex-Duck Jean-Sebastien Giguere to complain that some teammates were more focused on their end-of-season Las Vegas trip than giving a 60-minute effort.. “I didn’t feel we had everybody’s attention,” Giguere said after a 21-save effort.. “We’re in last place in the league; there has to be a change in attitude.. “I know our games don’t mean anything now, but we have to play like they mean something.. Tonight, we did, and we beat an excellent team.” The Ducks (27-9-5) were on a 10-2 run against the Avalanche before Wednesday’s face-off.. “We talked how it was a fragile team, if we came out of the first period with a lead, we had them,” Boudreau said. source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/la-sp-ducks-avalanche-20130410,0,3378046.story?track=rss

Columnist: Avalanche coach Joe Sacco ‘dismissal should be expected’

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The Avalanche are dead last in the league by three points.. Hopes of making a playoff run are completely gone and have been for some time, and frustration within the dressing room is starting to boil over.. See Jean-Sebastien Giguere ‘s comments here , and the day-after reaction from his teammates here .. Then, late Tuesday evening, a strongly worded piece from Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla was published online, essentially calling for not only head coach Joe Sacco to lose his job, but that a front office clean-up should also take place.. Here’s an excerpt from his column (which can be read in its entirety here ).. Yes, for starters, Sacco needs to worry about saving his job.. It should already be too late.. With the Avs doomed to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season in his four-year stint as coach, Sacco’s dismissal should be expected.. Of course, not everything wrong with the Avalanche is the fault of Sacco.. A hose should be turned on to clean out the front office.. But when a team loses interest, it is an ugly condemnation of both the players and the coach hired to motivate them.. Perhaps it’s a good thing the Avalanche have only nine games remaining in the season. source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/10/columnist-avalanche-coach-joe-sacco-dismissal-should-be-expected/comment-page-1/

Cammalleri helps Flames to 3-1 win over Avalanche

We have to put our head into the game.” MacDonald came up big late in the third period, stopping a point-blank backhanded shot by Matt Duchene and weathering back-to-back hooking penalties on Cervenka in the final 5 minutes.. “”It has been awhile since we won,” MacDonald said.. “It’s a nice win.” Tanguay gave the Flames some breathing room when he skated in all alone and beat Giguere over his right shoulder with just over 3 minutes remaining.. Down two goals and up a skater with 2 minutes left, the Avs pulled Giguere but couldn’t score.. These days, the bounces simply aren’t going Colorado’s way.. “You work for your bounces,” Avs coach Joe Sacco said.. “When we get chances right now, we’re not having the ability to finish them off.. We’re around the cage but we’re not finishing them off.” There was a scary moment early in the third period when referee Brad Meier was hit in the left leg by a puck that an Avalanche defenseman was attempting to clear.. Meier crumpled to the ice and stayed down for several minutes before gingerly skating into the dressing room.. Trailing 1-0 midway through the second period, Cervenka tied the game when he beat Giguere with a wrist shot.. Six minutes later, Horak took advantage of an Avalanche miscue to corral the puck near the goal and quickly flipped it to a wide-open Cammalleri, who shot the puck over Giguere’s shoulder. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-04-09/cammalleri-helps-flames-to-3-1-win-over-avalanche

Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Mighty Ducks preview

…. Goalie Sami Aittokallio was called up from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League and will join the Avs in Anaheim.. He’ll serve as Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s backup during this two-game trip.. Goalie Sem yon Varlamov is nursing a hip injury and is not traveling with the team.. Ducks: They have won four of their past five games, including the past two, against the Los Angeles Kings (4-3 shootout) and Edmonton Oilers (2-1).. Anaheim is completing a five-game homestand.. …. The Ducks are 2-0 against Colorado, winning 3-0 in Denver on Feb.. 6 and 4-3 in overtime Feb.. 27 at home. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_22991412/sports

 

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