There are no moral victories in the NHL. If no points are earned, the defeat stings, no matter how well a team might have played.
The Colorado Avalanche learned that lesson on Saturday at the Nashville Predators. The club played fairly well for much of the night but couldn't capitalize on many of its scoring chances--especially on any of its seven power plays--and lost 5-2.
Twenty-four hours later in the Avs' second game of a back-to-back set at the Detroit Red Wings, it appeared as if they were going to face the same fate. Colorado was getting opportunities, but the team was still down 3-1 and was scoreless on five man advantages midway through the third period on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.