A sparse crowd attended Wednesday night's Avalanche game with the Anaheim Ducks. After the performance the Avs gave them, there isn't likely to be a stampede to the Pepsi Center box offices to watch more games anytime soon.
In what was unquestionably their most listless performance of the season, the Avs were handily beaten by the Ducks 3-0 to fall to 4-6-0 during the 48-game season.
"We just didn't have much energy," Avs winger P.A. Parenteau said. "I don't know why, but it felt that way all night. I know I wasn't good enough. It was not a good game by me."
The Avs' bench seemed as lifeless as the crowd, but those players didn't have the same excuse as the paying customers. Avs players all seemed to have their heads down most of the night, with little chatter among them.
It could be an interesting few days off between now and the team's next game, Monday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. Fans started making a mass exit around the 10-minute mark of the third period, and the ones who remained did a lot of booing.
The team was booed off the ice after the second period, trailing 3-0 on Ducks goals by Sheldon Souray (shot from the point that went 5-hole on Sem yon Varlamov), Saku Koivu (a 5-on-3 goal) and Francois Beauchemin, who blasted a shot by Varlamov after former Av Daniel Winnik got past Jan Hejda at the Colorado blue line and dished a nice cross-ice pass.
The Avs played soft, perimeter hockey in the first 40 minutes, mostly putting long, easy-to-stop shots on Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth. With gritty forwards such as Gabriel Landeskog and Steve Downie sidelined and hard-nosed center Ryan O'Reilly sitting in Ontario waiting for a better contract offer, the Avs' net presence up front has been decimated.


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