The Colorado Avalanche couldn’t get a rhythm going Saturday night as the Florida Panthers came into the Pepsi Center getting the victory, 4-1. The loss results in the Avs falling to 14-5-0 on the season, losing in three-straight games.
Nathan Mackinnon gave the Avalanche an excellent chance to go up 1-0 early on in the game as he took a hard shot on net, but veteran goaltender Tim Thomas denied him. The Avs went on a power-play moments after as Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau was called for tripping, a 2-minute minor.
The Avs would fail to get any shots on net as they wasted an opportunity. Moments later, Avs forward Gabriel Landeskog was called for two-minutes for interference; as the worst team in the National Hockey League on power-plays failed to convert.
Colorado was called for yet another penalty as P.A. Parenteau was called for holding-the-stick, as Florida looked to capitalize on their 2nd power-play opportunity of the night. They would fail to score on the power-play, going (0-2) on the night, but shortly after they got on the board. Brad Boyes put Florida on top 1-0, as he scored his seventh goal of the season.
P.A. Parenteau was close to scoring a goal in the 2nd after Duchene’s shot rebounded off of Thomas but couldn’t get it. Nate Guenin collected another Colorado penalty as he was called for a double-minor of high-sticking. Florida would convert with: 24 seconds left on the power-play as Brian Campbell scored his 3rd goal of the season.
Colorado would finally get on the board in the 2nd as Ryan O’Reilly collected his eight goal of the season, assisted by P.A. Parenteau and Cory Sarich. Later on in the period, Florida would answer right back as Tomas Kopecky finished with his 2nd goal of the season, putting Florida up 4-1.
Colorado had their chances in the 3rd as Talbot and O’Reilly were stuffed by Tim Thomas. Florida would end the game after scoring their fourth goal of the game by the stick of Jonathan Huberdeau adding his 5th of the season.
What’s Up Next: The Colorado Avalanche (14-5-0) host the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night at the Pepsi Center. Puck-Drop at 7:00.