Well, that was an up-and-down game. It was a very odd feeling match, but the Avs managed to pull out the 3-2 OT win. The Canucks came into tonight on the second half of a back-to-back, so I was expecting to see a tired team, but they had a lot of jump for their style of play. We also had to keep an eye on the Boston - Chicago game (which, incidentally, the Bruins won handily shutting out the Blackhawks), and the New Jersey - Phoenix game. A loss by the Coyotes and an Avs win would have resulted in us officially clinching a playoff berth, but Phoenix won in the shootout, so we have a bit longer before its mathematically inevitable. With the Blackhawks defeat, the Avs were able to pull within one point in the standings, and we still have a game in hand.

The Avs played with 7 D and 11 forwards because Erik Johnson had the flu, but still suited up, and Paul Carey rode the pine. Instead of using one of those defensemen at a forward position, Roy opted to use mostly three lines, with Brad Malone and Patrick Bordeleau with very limited ice time. This might have been a good game to have rolled 4 lines (well, if we had Mitchell, it might have been), because of the number of PK's we had to deal with, so the top lines had to step up and help kill off penalties, but more about that in a minute.