The Colorado Avalanche hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pepsi Center on Sunday night in a game that boasted two of the top teams in the NHL and the two teams certainly didn’t disappoint. The Penguins ended up winning the game in the shootout with the final score being 3-2. The Penguins remain at the top spot of the Metro Division, while the Avalanche were looking to hang onto second place in the Central Division and keep the Chicago Blackhawks in their rear view mirror. The Avs weren’t able to do that on Sunday, but they certainly gave it their best effort.
After falling 2-0 after two goals by Brandon Sutter in the second period, Colorado came to life in the third and popped in two goals of their own. They ended up peppering Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleruy with 41 shots, but in the end it wasn’t enough.
Even with the loss, Colorado remains two points up on Chicago with a game in hand for the second place spot in the Central Division. Many Avs fans may be disappointed with the result from Sunday night, but they should actually be encouraged by the result. This Colorado Avalanche team is still young and trying to grow as a unit. The entire 2013-14 NHL season has seen this team take some major steps forward, and showing the resolve to push back as hard as they did against one of the top scoring offenses in the NHL is really encouraging.
With the team getting hot as of late, Colorado may feel that they are hitting their stride at the right time, which always makes a team dangerous heading into the postseason. There is no doubt that the team will pick themselves back up. They should use Sunday night’s loss as a lesson that they are a team on the rise, but still have a little ways to go to truly beat the top teams of the NHL.