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10-22-2008, 09:51 PM
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Date:October 23, 2008
Time:7:30PM MT
Location:Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: Altitude & TSN

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Date:October 25, 2008
Time:7:30PM MT
Location:Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: Altitude & MSG-B


Statistical Leaders

Goals Assists Points PIM

Avs Hejduk-06 Stastny-09 Stastny-11 Laperriere-33

Oilers Cogliano-02 Hemsky-04 Moreau-04 Staios-07

Sabres Vanek-08 Afinogenov-05 Vanek-11 Kaleta-32

More Stats:

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Key Matchup

Stastny Vs Cogliano Vs Roy

10-24-2008, 03:09 AM
After the first 30 minutes, the twist to the question for hockey philosophers was: "If a game is on and it doesn't make a sound, did it still happen?" Because, in that time, the Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers didn't elicit much buzz among the Pepsi Center fans with their play Thursday night.

Then, a gritty little shift by the fourth line here and a nifty power-play goal there, and the Avs had something going. By the end of their 4-1 victory over the Oilers, the crowd of 14,898 was genuinely loud and proud, and the Avs had a fourth straight victory.

The Avs' terrific second-half performance moved them into a second-place tie with Edmonton in the Northwest Division, avenging an earlier loss to the Oilers.

Is there anything sweeter for a hockey tough guy than getting the "Gordie Howe hat trick" of a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game? Despite some red welts on his face afterward, the smile on Ian Laperriere's face seemed to suggest there isn't. That's what the veteran fourth-liner had in this one, and his goal got things rolling for his team.

"I just drove the net, the puck was there and I aimed 5-hole — I'm just kidding," said Laperriere, whose Howe trick was his fourth career and the Avs' first since Matthew Barnaby did it in 2004. "I just tried to put it on net, that's it, and it went 5-hole. Just happy it went in."

Laperriere's first goal of the season, a rebound putback in close at 12:38 of the second period, tied the contest 1-1. Paul Stastny got what would be the game-winning goal at 17:52, knocking home a loose puck after a strong rush to the net and a semi-shot by Marek Svatos on the power play.

That was all goalie Peter Budaj would need. He played his strongest game of the year in getting his second straight win. Although he wasn't tested much in the second half of the game, the Oilers did put some tough rubber at him in the first period but came away with nothing.

"When the game was on the line, he made some big saves for us," Avs coach Tony Granato said.


10-24-2008, 04:07 AM
We are seeing now what this team would had looked like last year completely healthy. Teams beware!

10-24-2008, 03:21 PM
i said dont panic

10-25-2008, 06:50 PM
we are hot right now, need to get a little lead on the division, and hopefully most of the conference

keep it together Budaj, the rest of the team will make you look really good

10-26-2008, 12:09 AM
another win thats 5 in a row boys.boods stopped 28 of 29 shots but still looks shaky in the SOs but our O came out on top in it.

DENVER (AP) -Ryan Smyth, Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski scored shootout goals for Colorado, and goalie Peter Budaj stopped Clarke MacArthur on Buffalo's last chance in the shootout to give the Avalanche a 2-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday night.

Alex Kotalik and Derek Roy scored shootout goals for the Sabres.

Budaj made 29 saves for the Avalanche, who have won five straight after losing their first three games.

Sabres forward Daniel Paille and Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold scored in regulation.

Ryan Miller, who brought a 5-0-0 record and a 1.74 goals-against average into the game, stopped 28 shots for Buffalo. At 6-0-2, the Sabres are still unbeaten in regulation.

Miller strengthened his stats with a strong performance against the Avalanche, who were averaging an NHL-best four goals a game coming in.

Miller withstood a hard charge for most of the third period, and his best stop came when he made a diving glove save on Hejduk on a Colorado power play early in the third period.

Later in the third, he made a left pad save on David Jones, who was alone in front of the net after a faceoff in the Buffalo zone.

A few minutes later, Leopold tied the game when his shot from the point went off of two Sabres players and past Miller with 6:24 left in regulation.

The Avalanche controlled the play early in the second period, producing three scoring chances and their first power-play opportunity of the night.

Colorado couldn't cash in on the advantage, but Paille did a few minutes after the Sabres killed off Clark MacArthur's slashing penalty. Paille redirected a pass from Tony Lydman that trickled through the legs of Budaj midway through the game.

Notes: Avalanche D Adam Foote left the game early in the first period after getting hit with a shot on the right leg. He returned later in the period. ... Sabres D Henrik Tallinder suffered a lower back injury in the first period and did not return. ... Avalanche C Paul Stastny failed to register a point for the first time this season. His seven-game points streak to start the season was the longest in franchise history since Joe Sakic scored in Colorado's first eight games at the start of the 1999-2000 campaign.

10-26-2008, 12:19 AM
Nice win! Hopefully Boods can get some confidence after two good games. We need to score 7 against the Flamers to keep up the 4 goal average.....hopefully

10-26-2008, 12:21 AM
a wins a win and right now there pretty sweet

10-26-2008, 03:24 AM
Damn that was an awesome game. Hats off to the Sabres! And how the **** does Budaj not get the 1st star?

10-26-2008, 11:30 PM
ahhh i love it
budaj is swayin me into givin him some lovin