It’s a dark and lonely place for Avs fans right now. Peter Forsberg retired officially, then the Avs came out and laid a Lady Gaga carriage of an egg for a game. To top it all off Phillipe Dupuis, one of the Avs best players over this never-ending losing streak, throws a completely unacceptable cheap shot to end the 1st period. A 9-1 drubbing at a random point in a season is tough, but can be shaken off relatively quickly. A 9-1 drubbing at the tail end (hopefully) of an 8-game losing streak is something altogether different. If Avs fans had an illusion of bouncing back and making the playoffs, this loss quickly obliterated that hope.
To Joe Sacco: Find a good real estate agent. To Avs fans: Prepare yourselves for an Avalanche team that looks a whole lot like the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters very shortly.
The Pens know how to win games. You don't. Nothing more, nothing less. The Nordiques played their balls off, but the world champs slowly pulled away. With 20 wins and the 40 points that come with them, we're watching the Penguins pull away from the pack in the Eastern Conference.
Brett Sterling – Jordan Staal – Nick Johnson
Pascal Dupuis – Craig Adams – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Ryan Craig – Joe Vitale – Tim Wallace
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski – Deryk Engelland
Kevin Porter – Mark Olver – Milan Hejduk
David Jones – Paul Stastny – Chris Stewart
Daniel Winnik – Ryan O'Reilly – Brandon Yip
Cody McLeod – Philippe Dupuis – David Koci
Ryan O'Byrne – John-Michael Liles
Kevin Shattenkirk – Ryan Wilson
Matt Hunwick – Cameron Gaunce