5 observations from the Avalanche’s loss to Ottawa in Sweden

5 observations from the Avalanche’s loss to Ottawa in Sweden

The Avalanche lost to the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday in Game 2 of the NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden. Five observations from the finale of the two-game series:

  1. Outshot again. The Avs blew leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 and were outshot a combined 72-37 in the two-game series at Ericsson Globe. Ottawa outshot Colorado 32-19 in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win and 40-18 in Saturday’s triumph. The Avs have been outshot in five of their last six games.
  2. Matt Duchene. The former longtime Avalanche center, playing his second game with another team, again was pointless, but he was on the ice for Ottawa’s game-winning power-play goal with 6:37 remaining in regulation. Duchene had  a team-high eights shots in 16 minutes, 19 seconds. But he was minus-2.
  3. Strong footing. Avs rookie center Alex Kerfoot had two points (goal) to extend his points streak to four games. The Harvard graduate has seven points (four goals) during his points streak and ranks tied for second among NHL rookies in goals with seven, which leads Colorado. Kerfoot has replaced Duchene as the second-line center.
  4. Penalized. Avs defenseman Mark Barberio committed slashing, hooking and tripping infractions and Ottawa scored the game-winning goal on the power play during Barberio’s third penalty late in the third period. Overall, the Avs committed seven penalties and Ottawa was 2-of-6 on the power play.
  5. Decision looming. Rookie defenseman Samuel Girard, 19, logged 22:19 of ice time, including 3:57 on the power play, in his second game with Colorado. Girard played 21:55 Friday as the Avalanche began to see if the teenager is worthy of remaining with the team or going back to his junior team in Quebec before his 10th career NHL game. Girard can play in his eighth and ninth games next week against Washington and at Nashville before the big decision must be made. Girard was acquired from Nashville last week in the three-team trade that sent Duchene to Ottawa.

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