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Thunder and Lightnin’, I tell you it’s frightnin’

Jack Johnson: C – Finished a minus one and no shots on net. He wasn’t noticeable out there tonight for the Avalanche. There was a lot of standing around and watching. 

Bo Byram: C- – He had four shots on net and felt like he was all over the ice but not in a good way. 

Erik Johnson: D – This was a defensive collapse by everyone. He was a minus-two with a little over 17 minutes played.

Devon Toews : D – He and Makar really struggled out there. Each was a minus-three and left a few guys alone in front of the net.

Cale Makar: D+ – He had two assists tonight but again, the defensive miscues outweigh the points.

Andrew Cogliano: D – He was feisty out there tonight, but there wasn’t much else from him. He threw a couple of punches at the end of the 2nd and 3rd periods.

Valeri Nichushkin: C- – Almost got the team going but it was ruled offside. He was fairly quiet after that point with one shot on net.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel : D – He jumped back into the lineup after Andre Burakovsky was ruled out. He played a little over six minutes with four hits. In this game, that didn’t matter much.

Alex Newhook: D – He took a few big hits and wasn’t a threat offensively. The game got out of hand and that’s when the penalties started piling up for the Avalanche.

Logan O’Connor : D – He had a couple of giveaways in 12 minutes played. Time to regroup for Wednesday.

Nathan MacKinnon: C – He was frustrated and was playing like it. He took the shot on a 3-on-1 rush, which isn’t bad, but I wonder if he was going to take that shot no matter what.

J.T. Compher:  B – He had three golden opportunities and Andrei Vasilevskiy robbed him all three times. He finished with five shots on net.

Josh Manson: D – The Avalanche took five penalties in the through two periods. Even though Tampa capitalized on one, they were either playing down a man or 4-on-4. He was careless with the puck in his own zone. 

Darren Helm: C – He continued the physical aspect of his game but even that took a large drop compared to Games 1 and 2. He had four tonight compared to the 10 in the last two games.

Artturi Lehkonen: D – He was a minus-three and had three shots on goal. See everyone for Game 5 at Ball Arena Friday night.

Nico Sturm: D – Silly mistakes from everyone, including Sturm, who took a delay of game penalty. We’ll see if Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky are ready to go, because he’ll probably get a seat.

Gabriel Landeskog: B+ – The only bright spot tonight was the captain and his two goals. The team has talked about its resilience and staying even kill after wins and losses, we’re going to have to see it now.

Mikko Rantanen : D- – His point streak continues. That’s all I got. Poor effort on the backcheck tonight.

Darcy Kuemper: D – He didn’t have any help defensively tonight but he didn’t make the save he needed to. The Avs were still in it midway through the second but the last two goals put them over the edge. He might be back on the bench now. Playoff save percentage now .892.

Pavel Francouz: C+ – Let the goalies debate begin. Did pulling Kuemper mean we will see Francouz the rest of the Stanley Cup Final? Can you win a Cup with a goalie controversy?

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Kuemper gets an F. I don’t care how bad your defense may be, 2 of those five are on him.

Look at Vassy on the other side of the ice. TB’s D didn’t play much better in front of him and he makes 37 saves on 39 shots? After a game where he gets shelled? I’m pretty angry and jealous right now…

Nathan In Michigan

I do agree with you fully here. No need to be jealous, Avs have enough weapons to overcome their obvious goalie flaws


Comparing Kuemper to a Vezina, con smythe, future hall of fame goalie is your first flaw. He isn’t the reason the Avs lost last night just like he’s not the reason they won in game 1 and 2.

Ryan Krueger

Francouz in goal for game 4…anybody else think that Newhook reminds them of Jost but instead of drawing penalties causes them. Newhook seems too small and ineffectual playing against the good teams. Also, Sturm has done nothing in the playoffs. His trade was a dud by Joe S. At least Jost drew a lot of penalties.
Thought Toews was particularly bad. Expect the boys too bounce back. Kadri and Bura are needed.
Yan was right about Kuemper.


As painful as it is…you are right about Yan being right. I should get used to the flavor of crow I guess.

Although, to think we would have done better by getting Fleury is a foolish notion.

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Ryan Krueger

Agree about Fleury


Sturm was the weakest of the deadline deals. Jost didn’t have a future here, but we didn’t get much in return; he’s only sturdier on his skates than Jost.

Bob Neal

I’ll only concede Yan was right if Kuemper is found out to be healthy and simply can’t handle the pressure. I’m not convinced he is healthy (vision issues) since he took that stick to the face as his play has become very erratic. He performed some pretty good goaltending from January until that incident. BTW, where the heck are Rico and Yan?

Nathan In Michigan

I so agree with your assessment of Newhook. Sturm as least is not making dumb mistakes, but yeah rarely chips in offensively when they need him to.

Glendon Gulliver

The whole team deserves a D for their efforts. It was a total team letdown from the game before. It will be easy to point out individual flaws, but it comes down to the team did not perform and the team lost. They were slow from the get go and lost battle after battle. Their passes were lazy and lacked precision. They lost their composure and discipline. They can now reflect on how Tampa felt after game 2. Just as Tampa came back, the Avs can come back. Time to regroup and get ready for game 4 with the intensity… Read more »


1) Colorado outshot Tampa over the entire game and I wouldn’t be surprised if possession stats weren’t in our favor as well. So while the score line looks bad, our game wasn’t as bad.

2) Kuemper can’t allow those kind of goals like the 1-1. But neither can our defense allow point blank shots from the slot.


On #1 you are correct. The stats were tipped in favor of the Avs.

Donald Victory

2) Kuemper can’t allow those kind of goals like the 1-1. But neither can our defense allow point blank shots from the slot

The Stammer goal was 100 percent on lazyass 96.

Nathan In Michigan

Yes it’s hard to know that the Avs did control the play, it’s just their goalie stepped up giving his team a chance. I am not sure who I would start in game 4. I hope they make the right call, because Kuemper is simply nothing special between the pipes. Can never make the save they truly need him to, it is so annoying to witness. He is indeed the one player standing in the way of their Cup chances haha


I typically avoid being the grammar Nazi, but “even KILL” to describe Landy made me laugh…

D-grades are fine. This game stunk.

Brad Jacobs

Anyone wish we had Timmons and our first/third back and resigned Grubauer.




Just watched the recording of the game after listening to it on radio yesterday, and felt much better about the performance. Vasy stole one, kuemp had a bad game. I’m trying to find scoring chances & time in offensive zone stats to confirm my feeling, anyone know where those can be found? TB rarely made any set up in the offensive zone, or kept our d on long shifts,… Their goals were flashes, nothing stable that you can count on game after game. Next game our shots will find more net.

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