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Colorado Puts up a snowman. 8-0

Colorado Avalanche took the St. Louis Blues to the woodshed.

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As the snow fell in St. Louis it was the Avalanche that built a snowman.

What a difference 47 hours make. Just as St. Louis Blues fans were dancing on cloud nine. Their euphoric feelings came crashing down as puck after puck smashed into the net. Just as the blues embarrassed the Avalanche on opening night, the Avalanche returned the favor with a little bit of spice added.

The woodshed awaits.

Blues Capt. Ryan O’Reilly said it best “we embarrassed ourselves tonight. That was very disappointing” he continued “the thing is, we came into the game and you could tell we didn’t have the detail in it. The little things steamrolled in the big things. It happens to everyone.” tweeted by Lou Koric of NHL.com

What was supposed to be a premier matchup between two of the best clubs in the league, quickly turned ugly when St Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was hit from behind pushing his head into the glass by Avalanches F Valeri Nichushkin. Nichushkin hit went un-penalized. Bortuzzo was unstable and appeared to be very woozy before getting to the bench. He would not return.

The hit on Bortuzzo felt very retaliatory. The day before the game was forward Sammy Blais was suspended two games for his hit to the head of Devin Toews two nights earlier. Coach Ruby in a statement said, “It should be a (hearing). It’s a hit from behind and to the head”

With Bortuzzo, unable to return the Blues defense was shorthanded. While the first period seemed to be a very tight battle. The Blues were only able to muster seven shots. The last two coming late in the period.

Less than five minutes into the second. The wheels came off for the Blues. Nathan McKinnon who was frustrated time after time in the opener, found a wide-open Gabriel Landeskog to start the massacre.

The path to the woodshed is now visible.

Colorado scored five power-play goals on seven attempts. After the first, nothing the blues did seem to have a positive outcome. Landeskog netted two in the game. The second goal was also his career 200th. That made the score 3 and nothing. Not to be outdone a short time later Mikko Rantanen reached the 100-goal plateau in the period when he made the score 4-0.

Jordan Bennington was more than up to the task in the first. Stopping all 12 shots. The avalanche also took 12 shots in the second but four of them got by Binnington. To be fair at least two if not three of the goals were due to defensive breakdowns.  Allowing the Avalanche, to score on almost empty nets.

The Woodshed is open!!!

The third period started the NHL career of Villie Husso. It was absolutely, undeniably forgettable. Nazem Kadri was able to pick up a juicy rebound from MacKinnon shot for a gift, and the first goal against Husso. Just the third shot of his NHL debut. Husso finished his first game 10-14. that is a .714 S% and a GAA somewhere around astronomical.

There are bad games there are games in which nothing goes right and then there was this debacle. Just two nights after dominating and frustrating the Avalanche. The Avalanche shoveled the blues game right down their throats. Using a suffocating defense, the Blues calling card. The Avalanche was able to create scoring chance after scoring chance. The sour taste left in the Blues’ mouths may be extremely difficult to rinse away.

The Blues will have two days off, until facing the San Jose Sharks in their home opener on Monday night. It is my guess that Saturday was supposed to be an optional practice will no longer be optional. You can expect head coach Craig Berube, to take his boys to the same woodshed that the Avalanche delivered them to.

Got to tell you, after a win, it is easy to sit down and come up with the words to describe the action on the ice. When you must watch professional athletes just stink it up. Then tear your heart out because you just wrote how great they were. If you were not sick to your stomach before, you will be now.

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The Blues will play games three and four of the eight against the Avalanche at the enterprise Center on February 6 and 7th. Those two games may be a better measuring stick than the first two. With both teams rarely being tested between now and then.

While the sample size is extremely small, it is going to be extremely hard for Blues G Husso, to recover from that shellacking. I expect that GM Doug Armstrong will be looking for a veteran netminder in the next week or so.

As gut-wrenching as that was to watch, just imagine how gut-wrenching it is for me to have to relive that cluster F#CK. I guess you can say all in a day’s work for an aspiring journalist.

Until next time hockey fans, Man, I hope the next one is better.

To the Avalanche fans, yes, I am eating crow today.

Till next time Hockey FANS.

Guy “Hawaii Blues Fan” Bensing




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