The surging Colorado Avalanche have come back to Earth, losing two straight games over the weekend after a franchise-record 10 wins in October.
Yesterday, the Avs lost 3-0 to the Vancouver Canucks, whose strategy included crashing the net against goalie Craig Anderson as often as possible, The Canadian Press points out.
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The Avs mustered just 18 shots all game against Vancouver’s Andrew Raycroft, who was coming off a dismal performance Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks. The Avs had a real opportunity against Raycroft, who played last year in Colorado, writes The Denver Post.
Raycroft was subbing for Vancouver’s all-star goalie, Roberto Luongo, and the Canucks were missing several top offensive players. But the lack of offensive production from the Avs’ top line was a problem. The Post notes that Avs star Paul Stastny completed his 11th road game of the year without a goal, and veteran Milan Hejduk (pictured) notched his third-straight game without a point.
The good news is NHL.com‘s standings show the Avs still perched at the top, with 22 points—although they’re now joined there by the defending-Stanley-Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins.