The Colorado Avalanche offense did too little, too late against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, and it resulted in a second straight loss. For most of the night the game was a goaltending duel between Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Avalanche and Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings. Giguere made 31 saves but was beaten by Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall in the second period. Howard made 36 saves and was denied a shutout in the last three minutes of play for a second straight game. With Giguere pulled for the extra attacker, Paul Stastny got a goal but that would be all the offense the team would muster.
It was Giguere’s third straight one-goal loss, as he was in net for a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 14 and a 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 24. The loss was Giguere’s first in regulation this season, as his record dropped to 2-1-1 on the season. With Semyon Varlamov seeing the bulk of starts for the Avalanche, Giguere is continuing to prove he is a reliable second option for a team that can compete with any team in the Western Conference on any given night. Offensive support hasn’t been easy to come by lately for either netminder, as the Avalanche have managed more than one goal in just two of their last seven games.
Things don’t get any easier for the Avs after tonight’s loss, either. Varlamov will likely be back between the pipes tomorrow night when Colorado takes on the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game of a home-and-home set.