Going into last night I fully expected a street fight between the Avalanche and Ducks, and not to disappoint both teams made it their mission to hit each other as much as possible.
In true Ducks fashion they even made it a point to crank Super Joe on at least one occasion.
With all the playoff hockey around it was easy to see that it was a game that the Avalanche could have easily lost, had it not been for one French Canadian left hander between the pipes.
Let's get something straight, I was a fan of Jose Theodore for precisely one round of playoff action, when he and the Avs put Dallas out of the first round two years ago. Then the bottom fell out.
And for the better part of a year and a half Theo couldn't stop a drunk bantam league team.
So it was fitting that coming into this season the biggest complaint from fans and experts was that the Avalanche had no depth at goaltending. With some analysts predicting that this season would be Theodore's last in the NHL, considering Joel Quennevilles penchant for despising goalies.
But as it turns out we should have known better than to doubt a former Hart Trophy winner in a contract year.
For the better part of the last two months Theo has been not only one of the best players on the Avalanche, but one of the steadiest goalies in hockey. And last night in a 27 save shutout of the defending Cup champions, Jose may have regained his prominence as one of the preeminent goaltenders in the game.
(...and yes I just wrote that...it hurt. I am having pain in the head and neck region now.)
In a year in which even the best goalies have had their fair share of rocky performances Jose Theodore since December has put up stout numbers, while not allowing his team to see any horrible blowouts.
So here comes the big admission, as I cannot deny it anymore: Jose Theodore is good.
There, I said it. I will now stare directly into the sun so that I may never see again...