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12-07-2008, 06:27 PM
Canucks (http://canucks.nhl.com/)@Avalanche (http://avalanche.nhl.com/)

Date:December 7, 2008
Time:6:00PM MT
Location:Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
TV: Altitude & SNET-P

Kings (http://kings.nhl.com/)@Avalanche (http://avalanche.nhl.com/)

Date:December 9, 2008
Time:7:30PM MT
Location:Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
TV:Altitude & FS-W

Blackhawks (http://kings.nhl.com/)@Avalanche (http://avalanche.nhl.com/)

Date:December 12, 2008
Time:7:00PM MT
Location:Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
TV: Altitude & CSN-CH

The Team

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Statistical Leaders

Goals Assists Points PIM

Avs Hejduk-11 Stastny-18 Stastny-24 Laperriere-61

Nucks D.Sedin-11 H.Sedin-22 D.Sedin-26 O'Brien-78

Kings Frolov-11 Kopitar-14 Kopitar-21 Ivanans-52

Nlackhawks Sharp-15 Kane-19 Kane-31 Burish-49

More Stats:
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http://www.wholesalekeychain.com/upload/category/vancouver-canucks.gif (http://canucks.nhl.com/team/app?page=Stats&service=page) http://www.webtickets.com/sports/NHL/images/logo_Colorado%20Avalanche.jpg

12-07-2008, 10:42 PM
down 3-2 at the end os the 2nd

12-07-2008, 11:26 PM

4-4 with 2 mins left!

12-07-2008, 11:31 PM
time for OT

12-07-2008, 11:47 PM
WIN 5-4 in SO

wolskis a ****in god at SOs

12-08-2008, 12:32 AM
DENVER (AP) -Wojtek Wolski, Marek Svatos and Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado in a shootout, Peter Budaj made 34 saves and the Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks for the eighth straight time, 5-4 on Sunday.

Colorado defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist forced overtime, scoring his second goal of the season with 2:48 left in regulation. Hejduk, David Jones and Ryan Smyth also scored in regulation for Colorado, and Paul Stastny had two assists.

Steve Bernier had two goals for Vancouver, Daniel Sedin and Darcy Hordichuk also scored, and Kyle Wellwood connected in the shootout. The Canucks last win over Colorado was a 2-1 overtime victory Nov. 9, 2007.

Bernier gave the Canucks a 4-3 lead with 10:03 left in the third on a one-timer from the right circle. Earlier in the period, Hejduk tied it when he picked up a loose puck in the slot and flipped it past Cory Schneider for his 11th goal of the season.

Hordichuk gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead just 2:17 into the game, and it held up until the second period when Jones tied with a great individual effort.

Jones skated out of the Colorado end and chipped the puck along the right boards into the Canucks' end. He skated by defenseman Shane O'Brien and, with the defenseman trying to check him off the play, Jones leaned over and slipped the puck past Schneider for his fourth goal of the season.

Smyth gave Colorado the lead with his ninth goal. Smyth took a pass from Hejduk as he skated into the Vancouver end and put a hard wrister under Schneider's right pad to give Colorado a 2-1 lead with 8:35 left in the second period.

Sedin and Bernier scored goals 2:04 apart late in the second period. Sedin knocked in his own rebound for his team-leading 12th goal of the season with 4:11 in the period, and Bernier scored a power-play goal to make it 3-2.

12-08-2008, 08:27 PM
Another good win for the lads tonight, albeit one they were very fortunate to have pulled out.
There were defensive breakdowns aplenty, one horrendous penalty (Cody McLeod) and one very lucky hit post by Steve Bernier in overtime.
Still, the numbers are the numbers: 5-4 Avs in a shootout.

A few more thoughts that didn’t make the dead tree edition (which, by the way, all of you should still get, because there’s a hell of a lot more in there than appears here in cyberspace. Besides, subscribing to a newspaper makes YOU a smarter person, and don’t you want to be smarter? But if you don’t read a newspaper, here’s what I always think inside, and now it’s out here in public: well, there’s at least one more person I’m more informed than. There’s one more person I’ll have an edge up on overall knowledge and smarts, and you never know, that knowledge could come in very handy if we’re ever in a battle for a job. OK, sermon over. But, one last summation: I always chuckle when I see a person say they don’t read a newspaper anymore - as if they’re proud of it or something. People proud of being ignorant and less informed - now there’s something to brag about).

Anyway, about the game: David Jones really got the Avs going tonight with his never-say-die goal that finally got them on the board in the second period. To that point, the Avs were in snooze mode, and Peter Budaj was the only guy playing hard.

I’ve been tough on Jonesie, and deservedly so. But he’s starting to put some pucks in the net, and it seems like he’s finally playing with a “I don’t give a damn, I’m just going to crash the net and see what happens” attitude. And what’s been happening is, he’s scoring some goals.

Cody McLeod set the Avs back a couple of goals with his dumb boarding penalty in the second period on - and I should know this, but I wasn’t quite sure when it happened and never double-checked - Kevin Bieksa. If that’s the wrong Canuck McLeod boarded, I’m sure some helpful fan will tell me in a heartbeat, probably with a snicker.

The Avs were leading 2-1 at the time and had the momentum, and McLeod’s hit fired up the Canucks, made them mad, and they got the next two goals. I’ve liked the big redhead, but he hasn’t done much tangible to help this team win games in quite a while, and it might be time to sit him down if he’s doing to do dumb things like that.

The Canucks looked to have won it when Bernier scored late in the third, but the big Swede, Daniel Tjarnqvist, tied it up with 2:50 left. “Sharny” is fast becoming one of my favorite Avs players to talk to. He’s a smart, good man and he’s really played well since he replaced Adam Foote in the lineup.

Here’s the question: what happens when Foote comes back? Does Sharny - plus-5, three points in eight games - go back on the pine? I’d say what’s more likely is Brett Clark will be dealt by then. I think the writing is on the wall for Clarkie: he’s going to get traded. It might still be too early (and no NHL team can make any trade from Dec. 19-26). It’s nothing personal against Clark - he’s done a lot of good things for the Avs and he’s still second in the league in blocked shots. But I think he’s the guy that could bring a decent third-line center or at least a pretty good draft pick.

By the way, John Liles was awful tonight. He was a minus-3, took a roughing penalty - a dubious call, but one made nonetheless - and added nothing to the power play. Liles and Ruslan Salei both just stood around on Daniel Sedin’s goal that made it 2-2 in the second. Sedin got three chances at a puck in front before slipping it past Budaj - all with Salei and Liles on the same side of the, staring at the play.
Liles, making more than $4 million per for the next four years, has to do more than that.

12-09-2008, 08:23 PM
had a brief chat with L.A. Kings forward John Zeiler, whose hit on Adam Foote got him suspended for three games by the NHL and still has Foote out with neck and knee injuries.

Zeiler seemed like a decent kid, and here’s what he said about the hit: “Going in on the forecheck, you never want to hurt anyone. As soon as I saw him on the ground, I was definitely worried and hoping he would be all right. You never intend to hurt anyone. It’s a fast game. I was asking the P.R. people about him, to see if he would be all right. It’s unfortunate. That’s really the first time anything like that’s ever happened to me. I’d never had any suspensions, everything was clean. It was just one of those things. It happened real fast. The way he went into the boards, he could have gotten up and been fine, but he wasn’t.”

Zeiler is slated to be in the lineup tonight for the Kings. Foote will not play. If the Avs come after him for any retribution, Zeiler knows that’s the price of poker in this league.
“It’s part of the game. You’ve just got to deal with it, whenever the time comes. You can’t worry about it, you’ve got to play your game. If it comes, it comes and just move on.”

Let’s hope nothing gets too out of hand tonight.

12-09-2008, 08:26 PM
Preview for 2nite vs LA (http://avalanche.nhl.com/team/app?gameNumber=412&gameType=2&page=Preview&season=20082009&service=page)

12-09-2008, 11:41 PM
****..up 5-0 already

12-09-2008, 11:42 PM
mcleod 2 goals and smitty,svatos, and hejduk with teh goals

12-09-2008, 11:55 PM
woooooooooo 6-0 stewie with a beauty first NHL goal

12-10-2008, 12:18 AM
601 after 2

12-10-2008, 02:44 AM
wooooooooooooooooooooooooo domination
finally nice to see our offense doing what it should be

12-10-2008, 03:10 AM
DENVER (AP) - Cody McLeod scored twice, Chris Stewart added his first NHL goal and Colorado routed the Los Angeles Kings 6-1 on Tuesday night, the Avalanche's fourth straight win at home.

Marek Svatos, Milan Hejduk and Ryan Smyth also scored for Colorado, which matched a season high for goals.

Peter Budaj stopped 29 shots, beaten only by Oscar Moller's power-play goal that sneaked under his right arm in the second period.

Jason LaBarbera, who shut out Columbus on Saturday, gave up three goals in the opening 8 minutes, 16 seconds.

It didn't get much better as the Avalanche jumped out to a 6-0 lead midway through the second period.

McLeod had his first two-goal game, scoring his second of the night on a backhanded shot in the second period. He glided into the corner following the goal and lifted his hands in the air, only to be greeted by an agitated Raitis Ivanans of the Kings. The two exchanged shoves before both were sent off to the penalty box for roughing.

12-10-2008, 03:12 AM
I’m starting to repeat myself here, but good win for the lads tonight. Strange game, in that, while I thought the Avs were definitely the better team, I’m not sure it was 6-1 better than L.A. But they seemed to convert on just about every scoring chance they had in the first two periods, and Budaj was strong.

I thought the game would get out of hand after Cody McLeod’s taunting of the Kings - and the gargantuan Raitis Ivanans - but the referees did a nice job of getting everybody to settle down and there were no more shenanigans.

McLeod admitted Ivanans is “out of my league” as a fighter. He is one big dude. I didn’t realize how big Anze Kopitar is as well. I’ve seen him play a few times, of course, but tonight was the first time where I said “wow, that guy is big” in the press box.

I thought what was good for the Avs was they played a tough, physical game, but in the right way. They were very tough on the Kings’ defense around the net. The addition of Chris Stewart obviously helped in that kind of area. But David Jones is also starting to really take the puck to the net with consistency now, and that’s helping wear down opposing D-men a little I’ve noticed. That makes it easier for the top-line skills guys to come on for the next shift and change things up and take advantage of a D getting tired.

Of course, the Avs had to have an injury in the game. Svatos (back) is the new worry. I still haven’t seen how he got hurt, and nobody seemed to know after the game, so basically I don’t have a lot of solid info. on his condition - and neither did Tony Granato when we asked him. People didn’t seem too worried about him, though - but that means nothing really. We’ll find out more tomorrow.

The Lappy-Zeiler fight was basically a quick, necessary piece of business at the start and that was that for the night. I talked to Lappy about it, and he said he knew what he had to do with Zeiler - and Zeiler knew it too. Zeiler dropped the gloves and went through with the hockey code and stood up for himself and Lappy got some good shots in and that was it.

I think that’s why there was nothing else involving Zeiler the rest of the game. In the hockey way of things, Zeiler was held accountable and fought man to man, and in that sense he probably gained Lappy’s respect. In fact, one thing Lappy said was “I’ve been in his shoes many times like tonight.”

Let’s not forget, too, that Zeiler already DID pay a price for the hit on Foote. Almost $9,000 and three games. He didn’t talk any trash after the Foote hit either, and basically said he was sorry for the hit when I talked to him this morning and that is that.

But nothing was going to be finally settled until Zeiler dropped the gloves and “answered” for his actions.

Now the Avs’ next three games will be against teams that I believe are among the top 10 in the league - Chicago, Detroit and Philly - with the second and third games on the road. So now we’ll really see just how much progress the Avs have made in their game coming up.

Another note: Much of the Avalanche’s pro scouting staff was at the game tonight. Garth Joy, for instance, and he’s the Ottawa-Montreal based guy. It’s possible that they are in town to make some early recommendations on possible trades - along with other matters of business. Don’t forget, teams can’t make any trades from Dec. 19-26, the so-called “Christmas Freeze.”

Pierre Lacroix was also at the game tonight, something that happens only occasionally now. So, while I won’t engage in any serious rumor-mongering here, some kind of trade soon wouldn’t be a shock if it happens.

12-10-2008, 08:15 PM
woooooooooo 6-0 stewie with a beauty first NHL goal

lol i dont see how you could rate that as beautiful
he hacked in his own rebound

12-10-2008, 09:50 PM
its his first goal give me a break iwas excited

12-11-2008, 08:45 PM
Veteran Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote will return to the lineup Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Forward Marek Svatos, however, will miss the game with a stiff back.

Foote, out since Nov. 22 with neck and knee injuries, pronounced himself "ready to go" after Thursday's practice.

Foote's return creates a tough decision for coach Tony Granato regarding which defenseman will sit against Chicago. An alternative for Granato to play more than six defensemen is to have one of them play at forward, but that is unlikely.

Most likely, Daniel Tjarnqvist will return to being a healthy scratch, but the big Swede played well in Foote's absence.

Svatos, injured in Tuesday's game with Los Angeles, is considered day-to-day. He took treatment Thursday, but did not skate. He will accompany the Avs on their four-game road trip beginning Monday, as will left wing Darcy Tucker (knee).


12-12-2008, 09:50 PM
ough break for the big Swede, Daniel Tjarnqvist: He’s back on the bench starting tonight against Chicago, with Adam Foote back in the lineup.
“Sharny” played great while Footer was out, but no room at the Inn now that he’s back.
Should be lots of speculation going forward regarding the trading of one of the Avs’ top six D-men. I still say Brett Clark is the odds-on favorite to be the one if a deal is made. But his contract could scare teams away.

But with Sakic out three more months and Arnie as your No. 2 center at the moment, the fact is this team has needs at center. I’m not hearing a lot about Sundin’s possible signing with the Avs. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything though.


12-13-2008, 03:10 AM
DENVER (AP) - Dustin Byfuglien's second goal gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

The Blackhawks snapped a four-game road winless streak and handed the Avs their first loss in five games at home. Chicago (14-6-7) hadn't won away from the United Center since Nov. 22 at Toronto.

Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville, who left the Avalanche in the offseason after leading the Avs to a .579 winning percentage over the last three seasons, is 13-4-6 since taking over as the Blackhawks' coach in mid-October.

Andrew Ladd's goal between Peter Budaj's legs tied it at 3 midway through the final period and, 4 minutes later, Martin Havlat picked up the puck along the boards as a power play ended and sent a pass to the front of the net, where Byfuglien redirected it past Budaj with 6:09 left.

Colorado's Wojtek Wolski broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period when he took the pass as he was coming out of his zone, split defensemen Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell with a burst of speed and beat Nikolai Khabibulin in what had all the appearances of a shootout goal.

The only goal in the second period belonged to Byfuglien, whose breakaway score under the right arm of Budaj tied it at 2.

The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead in the first period after allowing Craig Adams to score 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Rookie Chris Stewart tied it when he beat Khabibulin with a slap shot from the right circle just as the power play was ending. Assisting on the goal was Ian Laperriere, who then put Colorado ahead 2-1 when he took John-Michael Liles' pass from the boards and redirected it over Khabibulin's right shoulder.

Quenneville, who replaced Denis Savard on Oct. 16 four games into the season, coached Colorado the last three seasons. He's now 2-0 against his old team that he led to two postseason appearances. Quenneville and the Blackhawks got the best of the Avs in a 6-2 win over Colorado on Nov. 1 in Chicago.

Notes: Budaj has started 25 of Colorado's 29 games. ... The Avalanche hit the road for four straight games, the team's second-longest trip of the season.