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Colorado Avalanche Inside Shots 2008-11-20
Colorado Avalanche Inside Shots 2008-11-20
Maybe a 10-minute team meeting will be enough to jolt an Avalanche team that needs some shaking up.


The response will be known soon enough when the Avalanche, coming off an embarrassing 4-1 loss Tuesday in Calgary, takes on the Flames again Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.

As is almost always the case, players wouldn't discuss what was said during the closed-door powwow, but chances are pretty good they spoke about playing with more passion, giving goalie Peter Budaj more help and actually scoring more than a token goal. All three would go a long way to improving the team's situation.

The Avalanche, 8-9-0 for the year, has been a ridiculously streaky bunch since the season began with a three-game losing streak that was followed by a five-game winning streak. Five consecutive losses ensued, followed by three wins before Tuesday's defeat.

Budaj appears to be back on track, having played four exceptional games in a row, but a team that should be able to provide him with support at both ends of the rink has done neither.

Budaj has faced 143 shots in the last four games -- he has made 137 saves -- while his teammates have scored a total of just five goals.

FLAMES 4, AVALANCHE 1: Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj was at his best Tuesday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome, where he stopped 47 of 50 shots, but his teammates were at their worst. Thanks to Budaj, the Avalanche was in the game until Calgary's Jarome Iginla scored into an empty net with 27.5 seconds remaining.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 20, 2008

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