On a day which saw the Pepsi Center filled to capacity, the Colorado Avalanche treated their fans to another mediocre performance, marred by defensive breakdowns and a shaky goaltender.
Less than 24 hours after the initial announcement that Peter Forsberg would begin practicing with the Avalanche, fans turned out in droves hoping to catch a glimpse of the former star. And although Forsberg seems like the prefect fit for a team desperately needing improvements, today's showing may have convinced him to stay out of the NHL.
The afternoon seemed like it would have a happy ending towards the beginning of the contest. The atmosphere inside the arena was buzzing, no doubt thanks to Forsberg, and the home team got on the board first, with Paul Stastny slipping a wrist shot past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas two minutes into the opening frame. The lead wouldn't last, though, as the Bruins would tack on four straight goals through the end of the second period.
Kevin Shattenkirk would pull the Avs within two at the beginning of the third period, but Colorado couldn't hold the visitors off, as Boston scored another goal halfway through the frame, and sealed the win with an empty-netter while killing off a double minor assessed to Dennis Seidenberg.
Two of the Bruins goals went in off the skates of Avalanche defensemen, putting an exclamation mark on an already subpar defensive performance. John-Michael Liles, the team's best defenseman through most of the season, had one of his worse games of the season, finishing with a minus-four rating.
Goaltender Craig Anderson was pulled after the second period, and coach Joe Sacco replaced him with backup Peter Budaj. Budaj allowed one goal on 12 shots. Anderson has allowed nine goals in the last two games he's played, prompting cheers from the crowd when Alan Roach announced a change in goal.
The Avalanche next play the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, and will try to salvage the remaining two games of a five-game homestand, of which they've lost two of the first three.