Avalanche goaltenders remain confounded by puck in loss to Flames

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I don't even know what to say about this anymore. The Avalanche play a hell of a game on the second night of a back-to-back in a building that hasn't treated them kindly against a team that has been on fire and they find a way to lose.

A night after giving up seven goals on 21 shots, Colorado held the Calgary Flames to a shockingly low shot total of 16...and five went in. The Avalanche managed to score three of their own in a game that will only serve as a lightning rod for this season. How can a team roll into Winnipeg and Calgary and give up 12 goals on 37 shots on goal? What the hell?

With noted puck matador Philipp Grubauer sitting this one out, longtime Avalanche starter Semyon Varlamov got back into the comfy confines of the Colorado net and immediately proceeded to destroy all hope he was back to his early-season form.

Calgary scored two goals in the first period but the Avalanche found equalizers before the first intermission. Okay, great, something to build off of. Colorado's skaters certainly did as they dominated the play in the second period, even killing off a penalty while allowing zero shots on goal. It took 13 minutes for the Flames to get their second shot of the period and wouldn't you know it, it went in. Sports are cruel, y'all.

Then the Avalanche entered the third period chasing yet another game despite being the better team. A fourth goal, a total fluke of the highest proportions, pushed Calgary just far enough ahead that Colorado's predictable late-game goal to make it 4-3 didn't ultimately matter when the Flames scored an empty-net goal seconds later. A 5-3 loss despite giving up just 16 shots on goal.

The Avalanche need an injection of competence in net in the worst way.

Looking at you, Pavel Francouz. Do the Batman thing cause Gotham is burning.

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