One down, three to go!
That's what the Detroit Red Wings are trying to concentrate on tonight after almost blowing a 4-1 lead in the series opener.
The Red Wings came out flying, but gave up the first goal in the game when Paul Stastny found the net.
Hendrik Zetterberg answered less than one minute later, netting his third of the playoffs. In a span of less than eight minutes the Wings scored two more times, giving them a 3-1 lead and out-shooting the Avs 15-6 in the first period.
It took only 1:15 into the second period for Johan Franzen to score his second of the game, a goal that would end up being the game winner.
The Avs would pull Jose Theodore after allowing his fourth goal on 14 shots. This move sparked a very strong Avalanche comeback. Peter Budaj came in and provided the Avs with stability and confidence, something Theodore never showed.
The Avs took control of the game and applied very heavy pressure on Wings net minder Chris Osgood.
Colorado would get goals by John-Michael Liles and Milan Hejduk in the second period, pulling within one goal of tying the game.
There were no goals scored in the third period. Peter Budaj stopped all 18 shots he faced, while Osgood made 18 saves on 21 shots.
Osgood made his final save of the game when John-Michael Liles received a pass from the corner and found himself one-on-one with Osgood with less than 10 seconds to go in the third. Liles didn't get as much as he would have liked on the shot and Osgood made the save.
I'm very interested in seeing if the Colorado Avalanche come back with Budaj in game two or if will they give Jose Theodore another shot. I hope they come back with Budaj because he looked horrible, although not all the goals were his fault.
The Avs played horribly and didn't offer much support for the one-time Montreal Canadiens All-Star goalie. But as we all know, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it's not how they go in, but that they did go in. He could have been better and even one less goal could have changed the outcome of this game drastically.
Before I wrap up this article I just want to say that I feel the slightest bit lucky tonight. This match was a tale of two games.
The first half was completely dominated by the Red Wings. But after they scored the fourth goal, they seemed content on sitting back and coasting through the rest of the game.
We are lucky to be up 1-0 right now! The Avs had us on our heels, and even though they didn't pepper Osgood with a ton of shots, it seemed that every opportunity they did have was a trick shot or a great scoring chance.
The Wings need to come out in game two more physical. They need to increase their intensity to be about 10 times more forceful than they were tonight, and go up 2-0 in this series.
Because I don't want to go into Colorado with the series tied!