canada africa partner reservation Avalanche fails to find groove in game three against Dallas Stars

Avalanche fails to find groove in game three against Dallas Stars

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The Colorado Avalanche returned from Dallas after a shared road trip. The Colorado Avalanche struggled in their last game against the Dallas Stars, but they found their groove late in the game and fought against the clock with their effort.

With a 5-3 loss on Thursday and the score tied at one, the return to Ball Arena would be crucial. The Avalanche never led a game at any point during the series, and a first period upset by Dallas kept the trend going.

Overview

Unlike game two, game three had no game-changing penalties. On the contrary, the team struggled to find an attacking rhythm in the first period. Spending twenty minutes out of sync in the offensive zone proved too deadly.

Dallas got on the board late in the first period, sending the Avalanche looking for a lead.

The team was constantly missing passes and skating pucks. Dallas picked up the pucks left for teammates and ran with them without hesitation.

The second period saw better performances and even resulted in a goal from Mikko Rantanen after a rebound from Nathan MacKinnon. This goal was not only a breath of fresh air on the scoreboard, it was also in stark contrast to the statistics of Game Two. Neither Rantanen nor MacKinnon made a shot, which is not a good picture for two top forwards.

The Avalanche consistently beat the Stars, with their lone goal requiring 20 shots. Colorado had several chances in high-risk zones, but Stars goalie Jake Oettinger seemed to beat them every time.

A second Stars goal on the scoreboard killed Colorado’s momentum, leaving the team trailing 2-1 at the end of the second period.

The home team found salvation in the performance of Alexandar Georgiev, who has been locked up since the series against the Winnipeg Jets. He had several clutch saves to keep the game within reach for Colorado.

The coach pulled Georgiev off the ice late in the third period in favor of the extra attacker. The team was unable to control the puck in the offensive zone, allowing the Stars to score two more goals.

Takeaways

In games like this, especially the series against Dallas, the game changers come down to the little things. The Avalanche could not convert on any of their three power plays and had 12 giveaways.

The top defensive pair had five shots on goal each, while MacKinnon and Rantanen had four shots each. This is at least an improvement over their last show, where MacKinnon and Rantanen came up empty.

The team failed to play a full 60 minutes and looked lethargic in the third period, despite the Stars clearly tiring.

The two teams will face off again in Denver on Monday at 7:30 p.m.








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Savvy recently graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in journalism and media communications. She spent most of her life playing softball and surrounded by sports. When she entered college, she discovered her passion for sports writing and joined the Colorado State University Athletic Communications team. She later became a beat reporter covering high school sports in northern Colorado.