Avs Blow Two-Goal Lead, Lose Again

photo credit: avalanche.nhl.com
photo credit: avalanche.nhl.com

The Avalanche lost 5-2 to the Canucks on Tuesday after scoring the first two goals of the game.

They came out with an early jump and got on the board quick. John Mitchell received a nice pass from Alex Tanguay and lasered one past Ryan Miller for the goal just over a minute into the contest. It was his second goal of the season and first since he made his season debut in Ottawa.

They would add another goal later in the first period coming from Jamie McGinn. But that was the end of their night offensively. Something that has become far too common is the lack of a consistent effort from the forwards this season, and tonight was no different.

The second period was back-and-forth for quite some time until the Canucks started to come on. They carried play for the latter half of the period outshooting Colorado 7-2. They would eventually solve Varlamov with just four seconds remaining in the second period. That was all they needed to take control of the game.

The Avs wanted nothing more than to just put the goal behind them, and focus on getting the win.

“It’s not a goal we wanna give up but we’re playing hard tonight we had a good talk this morning we know we gotta put some wins together,” said defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The Canucks continued to press in the third period. Just over two minutes into the period Vancouver tied the game and never looked back.

They would add another goal two minutes later followed by two more goals before the period was fourteen minutes old.

The Avs lost another game after holding the lead heading into the third period, something they were so good at avoiding last year. The five goals surrendered by Semyon Varlamov tied a season high from opening night.

The Avs dropped to 3-6-5 on the season and will once again have little time to think about this one. They’re back on the ice Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Pepsi Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.

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