Avs Improve, still lose
The Avs have lost another game, but they did get one point in San Jose. Don't worry, the teams ahead and behind them in the standings got a point too. The game looked liked the Avs would get a win leading with only 3 minutes left in the game. But it was a lucky bounce that tied it for the Sharks and got them to overtime. From there Ryan Clowe put home the only shootout goal to lead San Jose to the 2-1 win.
Elliott had his best game only allowing less than 3 goals for the first time in the Avs last 19 games. Erik Johnson also looked great getting a nice goal in the third to give the Avs the lead. His wrister from the point was knuckler that fooled Niemi and beat him top shelf.
Elliott's game was sound and he looked pretty good, I will say all Avs fans are noticing one thing that I have as well: his glove hand is slow. He is very slow to react on glove shots, and there was a crossbar San Jose hit that beat him glove side with little movement. Assuming from the good performance, you can bet Elliott will start the next game, but you never know with Sacco.
The team as a whole looked better from every aspect and it will take an effort like that if the Avs want to get some wins... but do they want to get wins. Like I said in my last blog, the team would need a miracle to make the playoffs, so what is the point. A high draft pick is something the Avs need for their rebuild and I think just losing from here on out is the only solution. Especially with some of the top prospects like D-man Adam Larsson who draft gurus are comparing to Nick Lidstrom. I would absolutely love getting him, think EJ and Larsson. That would put the Avs in the right direction. We will have to see though, still a decent amount of hockey left. Just going to enjoy it as a fan and if we lose, meh, if we win, woo!