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01-15-2009, 09:45 PM
Home Sweet Home

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Date:January 15, 2009
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Date:January 16, 2009
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Date:January 18, 2009
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Date:January 21, 2009
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Date:January 27, 2009
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Date:January 29, 2009
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Date:January 31, 2009
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Date:February 2, 2009
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Date:February 5, 2009
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01-15-2009, 10:06 PM
Statistical Leaders

Goals Assists Points PIM

Avs Smyth-15 Stastny-21 Smyth-32 McLeod-86

Blues Boyes-19 Perron-22 Boyes-35 Backes-113

Oilers Souray-12 Hemsky-25 Hemsky-35 Stortini-111

Flames Iginla-18 Iginla-29 Iginla-47 Prust-75

Kings Frolov-17 Kopitar-22 Kopitar-33 Ivanans-84

Sharks Marleau-23 Thornton-41 Thornton-52 Blake-73

Leafs Ponikarovsky-14 Kaberle-23 Antropov-33 Deveaux-75

Ducks Getzlaf-16 Getzlaf-37 Getzlaf-53 Montador-87

Stars Eriksson-21 Ribeiro-27 Richards-35 Barch-80

01-15-2009, 10:41 PM
This is one monster stretch of games. Not even close to calling it make or break time, but this could really set us up well if we can win 6 or more of these. Need to pull it together, Avs have been frustrating lately with the lapses in play

01-15-2009, 10:55 PM
Lets go Blues :)

01-16-2009, 12:04 AM
loss 5-2 mabye 6-2 i was done after the empty net

01-16-2009, 12:42 AM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -Patrik Berglund scored his 14th goal to take the lead among NHL rookies, Cam Janssen notched his second career marker and the Blues scored two power-play goals in the third period to earn a 5-2 victory Thursday night over the Colorado Avalanche.

Manny Legace stopped 24 shots for the Blues.

Brad Boyes, T.J. Oshie and David Backes also scored for the Blues. Cody McLeod and Milan Hejduk tallied for Colorado.

Colorado goalie Peter Budaj made his first start since Jan. 4. He had allowed 11 goals in his last three starts before giving up four against the Blues.

St. Louis took a 1-0 lead when Berglund took a pass from David Perron and wristed in a shot from the left faceoff circle at 4:48 of the first period.

Berglund has one more goal than fellow rookies Kris Versteeg of Chicago, Blake Wheeler of Boston and James Neal of Dallas.

Janssen scored his first goal of the season 9:36 into the second period, giving the Blues a 2-0 advantage. He pushed in a rebound when the puck was left in front of the net. The goal ended a 58-game scoring drought for Janssen. His other goal came Feb. 24, 2007, against Washington.

The Blues made it 3-0 when Boyes scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle 59 seconds into the third period. It was the 20th goal of the season for Boyes.

McLeod scored at 2:18 and Hejduk poked in a Ryan Smyth feed from the side of the net at 8:54 to make it 3-2.

A power-play goal by rookie Oshie at 14:52 gave St. Louis a two-goal advantage.

St. Louis has scored a power-play goal in 13 of its last 21 games.

An empty-net goal by Backes while the Avalanche was on a power play sealed the victory at 17:55.

The game got off to a rocking start when St. Louis' Brad Winchester and McLeod began fighting only two seconds after the puck was dropped. Each received a five-minute major for fighting.

01-18-2009, 07:12 PM
loss 3-2 to oilers on frriday and playing flames 2nite

01-18-2009, 11:32 PM
Anyone else tired of these streaks? Win 3, Lose 4, Win 4, lose 3. Good win none the less. Good to see Hejduk and Smyth get their 300th goals.

01-19-2009, 12:05 AM
nice game i forgot about it but nice to see smitty and hej both get 300 on the same night

01-19-2009, 12:05 AM
DENVER (AP) -Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk scored their 300th career goals in the Colorado Avalanche's 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, becoming just the second set of players in NHL history to reach the milestone in the same game.

Marek Svatos, Chris Stewart, Ruslan Salei and Cody McLeod also scored to help the Avalanche beat Northwest-leading Calgary for the first time in five games this season.

Michael Cammalleri and Rene Bourque scored for the fatigued Flames, coming off a Saturday night home loss to Phoenix. It's the first time the team has dropped two straight in regulation since early November.

Peter Budaj stopped 38 shots to snap a personal four-game skid.

Smyth had a short-handed goal in the second period, followed by Hejduk's power-play goal 4:44 later.

The boisterous crowd gave each player a rousing ovation for their feat.

Smyth also added two assists, and Hejduk had one.

Danny Gare and Ivan Boldirev of the Detroit Red Wings are the only other duo to reach the milestone in the same game, each scoring No. 300 on Feb. 26, 1983, against the New York Islanders.

Hejduk also became just the fourth player in franchise history to reach 300 goals, joining Joe Sakic (625), Michel Goulet (456) and Peter Stastny (380). Hejduk has spent his entire career with Colorado.

Smyth has scored 30 of his goals with Colorado, five with the New York Islanders and 265 while a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Avalanche bottled up Jarome Iginla, limiting the lethal scorer to just an assist, hid 33rd of the season.

Iginla has 61 points in 70 career games against Colorado, the most of any NHL player versus the Avalanche since they moved from Quebec.

The Flames gave regular goalie Miikka Kiprusoff the night off, starting Curtis McElhinney in his place. The backup was kept busy, stopping 32 shots.

Colorado struggled to sneak anything past McElhinney in the opening 15 minutes of the first period, but finally solved him, scoring twice in a span of 1:55.

Svatos scored a power-play goal as he banked in a shot off McElhinney's left skate. Stewart soon followed with his fifth goal of the season, taking advantage of a Calgary miscue at center ice. Stewart grabbed the puck and barreled in on a breakaway, fending off a charging Adam Pardy before beating McElhinney with a low liner.

The Avalanche had 20 shots in the period, tying a season high. The last time they had that many was Oct. 9 against Boston.

Colorado placed Ian Laperriere on the injured reserve Sunday with a balky back. The gritty forward joins Sakic (back and hand), Paul Stastny (broken forearm), Adam Foote (triceps), Philippe Dupuis (foot) and Cody McCormick (foot) on the sideline.

Foote has started skating again, and could be back sometime after the All-Star break.

To take Laperriere's place on the roster, the team recalled forward Chris Durno from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. Durno played in his first NHL game Sunday night.

01-19-2009, 01:01 AM

01-19-2009, 08:42 PM
Wish I could have written more last night in the print edition about Hejduk and Smyth getting to the 300 Club on the same night. So, I’ll do some of that here.

I’ve often said Joe Sakic was/is the classiest guy I’ve ever covered in this crazy game. That’s probably still true (although us reporter folk have been slightly disappointed in him for still not having talked to anybody in the media since both his snowblower injury and back surgery).

But I’d also include Hejduk in Sakic’s class as classiest. Win or lose, Hejduk is the same stand-up guy after a game. He’s a genuinely nice man, who never big-times anybody. He’ll talk to the cub reporter from the local daily Bugle as easily as he’ll talk to me, and give them the same, thoughtful answers.

He’s been a very good, and, at times, great player for the Avs for the last 10 years (it would have been 11 if not for the lockout). He’s going to the All-Star Game this weekend, and deserves it.

You’d have to say that, along with Jarome Iginla, Hejduk has been one of the two or three best right wingers in the Western Conference the last 10 years. You look at the consistent goal-scoring numbers and there is no other consensus.

Smyth has only been here a year and a half, but he’s starting to work his way into the hearts of Avs fans with his tireless work ethic. Basically, he’s a first-line guy with a fourth-liner’s mentality, of never giving up on a play and getting his nose dirty.

He came to the Avs with a huge contract and a seemingly newfound reputation as a “skill guy”, but really he’s just a very well paid mucker and grinder, with a much better knack for putting the puck in the net than most muckers and grinders.

It was fun to see them have a special night together last night, and I’m sure those won’t be the final goals of their careers.


01-19-2009, 10:14 PM
thats pretty crazy hejduk and smyth both got their 300th in the same period. we really need to start maturing fast and get consistent or we're gonna fall out of it.

01-20-2009, 03:02 AM
i dont like all this time in between games

01-20-2009, 09:53 PM
i dont like all this time in between games

yea me too espically when the nuggets dont play those nights either. im looking foward to the kings game tommarow though. the last few games with them starting when they took out smyth and svatos in a game at the end of last year have been really scarrapy almost like a mini rivalry im starting to really dislike the kings.

01-22-2009, 01:22 AM
DENVER (AP) -Alexander Frolov scored twice and the Los Angeles Kings chased struggling goalie Peter Budaj with a three-goal onslaught in the second period before holding off the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Frolov's power play goal broke a 1-1 tie after John-Michael Liles went to the penalty box for hooking in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Nineteen seconds later, Jack Johnson's one-timer made it 3-1. Then Dustin Brown picked up a loose puck in front of Budaj, skated behind the net and passed it to Jarret Stoll, who put it high over Budaj, who was scrambling back into position.

That was all for Budaj, who has lost five of his last six starts.

He was replaced by Andrew Raycroft, who surrendered two quick goals himself before Colorado mounted a comeback that fell just short.

The Avs, who had won all three of their games against the Kings this season, pulled to 4-2 on T.J. Hensick's power-play goal, but a minute later, the Kings had doubled their cushion. Frolov's second goal made it 5-2, followed 21 seconds later by Brown's score that made it 6-2.

The crazy period ended with Colorado's Chris Stewart scoring with 7.2 seconds left, pulling the Avs to 6-3.

The Avs kept things interesting for their sparse crowd when Brian Willsie's first goal of the season made it 6-4 early in the third period and Cody McLeod's goal 90 seconds later pulled Colorado to 6-5.

Colorado had numerous chances to tie, but goaltender Jonathan Quick made several nice saves to preserve L.A.'s win. The Avs pulled their goalie with a minute left to no avail. Ryan Smyth's shot in the waning seconds was wide of the net.

Colorado was trying to sweep the Kings in a season series for the first time since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995-96, and it seemed to have the right man for the job in the goal in Budaj. He was 3-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average against the Kings this season. In eight career appearances against Los Angeles, Budaj was 6-1-1.

The teams exchanged power play goals in the first period. Kyle Calder tipped in Drew Doughty's shot from the point to put Los Angeles on top 1-0, and the Avs tied it 5 minutes later when Marek Svatos put the puck past Quick.

wtf happened in the 2nd??

01-23-2009, 11:30 AM
yea everybodies to inconsistent a i just wish are goalies would suck most of the time are play good most of the games, not knowing what your gonna get everytime you put your goaile in is frustrating. we always seem to make semi-big or at least a few trades and we havve so i wouldnt be surprised to see us get a goaile. any good ones you think we could get?

01-25-2009, 02:45 AM
hejer came 3rd out of 40 in the elimination shoot out today

01-26-2009, 11:17 PM
Rayzor in net for the Burgundy and Blue tomorrow against the Great White Sharks.
Lappy and Jonesie will be back, but still not Footer. Probably this weekend for Footer.
Cody McCormick practiced today, and while I doubt it, I think it’s possible he could play tomorrow. Brian Willsie and Ben Guite were a couple of the last guys off the ice today, and that usually means they’re the healthy scratches when that happens.
But don’t take that as the gospel right now. Tomorrow will tell, as she always does.

As I said before, the main story tomorrow in the paper will be about our beloved Pepe, Claude Lemieux, making his return to Denver with the Sharks.
I think it’s a great story - not my actual written story necessarily - but his story in general. I’m always a sucker for a comeback.

01-27-2009, 04:26 PM
Having already won four Stanley Cup titles, Claude Lemieux might be just what the San Jose Sharks need to secure the franchise's first championship.

The Colorado Avalanche are already quite familiar with what the veteran forward can do in the playoffs.

In their first game following the All-Star break, the Western Conference-leading Sharks continue their push for postseason success on Tuesday night, when they visit the Avalanche - one of the teams Lemieux has helped to a league crown

Lemieux resumed his professional career in November by signing a contract with San Jose's AHL affiliate in Worcester. The 43-year-old was recalled from the minors last week, and played in the Sharks' final contest before the break, a 2-1 overtime victory over visiting Vancouver last Tuesday.

It was his first NHL game since May 5, 2003, during Dallas' second-round playoff series against Anaheim.

Lemieux has amassed 379 goals and 406 assists in 1,197 regular-season games, as well as 80 goals and 78 assists in 233 career playoff contests.

His overall success translated to Stanley Cup championships for Montreal (1986), New Jersey (1995, 2000) and Colorado (1996).

With Lemieux's extensive resume, the Sharks hope to finally end their postseason woes. They've exited the playoffs in the second round each of the last three seasons, and advanced as far as the conference finals in 2003-04 before eventually being eliminated by Calgary.

San Jose (34-6-5) returns from the All-Star break in a very favorable position to make its fifth straight playoff appearance, currently leading the Pacific Division and owning a share of the NHL's best record with East-leading Boston.

"I think we need to, if we can, finish first. It definitely is an advantage," said Sharks All-Star defenseman Dan Boyle, who enjoyed home-ice advantage while helping Tampa Bay win the 2004 Stanley Cup.

Boyle's current team entered the break with five wins in six games, but he wasn't pleased with the Sharks' latest performance. Despite outshooting an opponent for the eighth time in nine contests last Tuesday, they didn't score until Devin Setoguchi notched his 21st goal with 40 seconds left in regulation.

All-Star center Joe Thornton set up both the tying and winning goals.

"Certainly we weren't happy with the effort for the first 2 1/2 periods," Boyle said. "In the last five minutes, we were able to take over the game. That extra little effort, that extra little push, some nights you've just got to find it, and it's not always there."

San Jose hopes to avoid another lackluster game on Tuesday, when Lemieux returns to Colorado (23-23-1) for the first time since playing there as a visitor on Jan. 20, 2003. He spent parts of five seasons with the Avalanche from 1995-2000.

Colorado currently sits outside of the playoff mix, residing at the bottom of the Northwest Division with 47 points.

The Avalanche didn't improve its position before the break with four losses in five games, including a 6-5 loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"We came close, but in this league, you have to play a full 60 minutes to win games," right wing Chris Stewart told the Avalanche's official Web site.

Colorado trailed after two periods in its only meeting this season against San Jose, eventually falling 5-3 at home on Nov. 2. The Sharks have won four of the last six matchups at Pepsi Center, where the Avalanche is 1-2 on its season-high eight-game homestand.

01-27-2009, 09:30 PM
Good luck tonight. It should be a good game, although Boyle won't be playing tonight. Blake is returning back to the lineup after being hit in the jaw by Phaneuf's slapshot.

It should be exciting to see Claude return to Colorado.

01-27-2009, 10:38 PM
Blake is returning back to the lineup after being hit in the jaw by Phaneuf's slapshot.

o dang i didnt know that happend that must of hurt like fudge. we need the points tonight im glad raycroft is starting they need to play him till he loses like 3 in a row. o that should be a goal but i you cant see it dangit.

01-27-2009, 10:48 PM
Can't really tell. The puck was in Nabby's glove, I believe.

1-0 Sharks after 1. Nice feed by Ehrhoff to Michalek.

01-28-2009, 03:06 AM
3-0 loss raycroft with 45 saves

01-28-2009, 03:48 AM
I feel bad for the Avs. They were trying so hard to beat the Sharks.

I thought you guys played us tough, our top line was quiet all night. Raycroft played very well, but Nabokov stole the game.

01-28-2009, 03:08 PM
well i expected this against the 1st place team

01-28-2009, 05:46 PM
You played us tough in November. It was 5-3; kept going back and fourth.

01-28-2009, 09:03 PM
Hoping we will be better in a couple games when we get some players back. This is starting to get very frustrating

01-29-2009, 08:27 PM
preview (http://avalanche.nhl.com/team/app?gameNumber=722&gameType=2&page=Preview&season=20082009&service=page)

01-29-2009, 08:30 PM
Avalanche goalie Andrew Raycroft (AP)

Andrew Raycroft will make his second consecutive start for the Avalanche tonight against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The man nicknamed "Rayzor" tried to say the game against the team that bought out his contract last year would be just another day at the office — but finally admitted it means more than that.

"It's not the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals to me," Raycroft said. "But it's probably a little more special to me personally. But still, all we want is a win tonight."

The Avs have lost three of the last four games the Pepsi Center and are in last place in the Northwest Division, four points behind the nearest competitors.

"We need to win, and I'm looking for a good effort from our team tonight," Avs coach Tony Granato said.

Avs rookie Chris Stewart, who missed Wednesday's practice with an illness, will play. He spent part of Wednesday in the hospital, getting IV fluids for dehydration.

Right wing Cody McCormick will play after missing a few weeks with a cracked bone in a foot.

01-29-2009, 11:26 PM
tie 1-1 after 1st stewie with the goal

01-29-2009, 11:33 PM
we need to win this one were dominating in the offensive zone so far. the maple leafs defense is horrible.that sucks cuminskey gut hurt this is getting frustrating. Im going to the game saturaday, i have been to like 85 games and ive only seen them lose like 11 times so i hopefully ill be good luck.

01-29-2009, 11:49 PM
its pretty much dead in the leafs forums too lol

01-30-2009, 12:11 AM
4-3 after 2..hejduk with both genos

01-30-2009, 02:57 AM
DENVER (AP) - Jason Blake's goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and Dominic Moore scored twice for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who broke a four-game winless streak by beating the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 on Thursday night.

Nik Antropov, Mikhail Grabovski, Jeff Finger and Matt Stajan also scored for Toronto, and Vesa Toskala made 16 saves. It was the most goals the Avalanche have allowed this season and equaled the most goals that Toronto has scored in 2008-09.

Milan Hejduk scored twice for the Avalanche, his second multi-goal game this season. Chris Stewart and John-Michael Liles added in goals for Colorado, which has dropped six of seven.

Stajan and Moore scored late for the Maple Leafs, 2-6-2 in their last 10 games.

Blake took advantage of an Avalanche turnover to score his 16th goal.

Moments later, Hejduk scored what he thought was the tying goal, and hats hit the ice as fans celebrated what they thought was a third goal. However, Ryan Smyth was called for goaltender interference, nullifying the score. Replays showed that Smyth was checked from behind by Luke Schenn, causing the collision with Toskala.

“(The referee) called it as he saw it. Obviously not what I thought," said Smyth. "But I had to sit in the box for two (minutes). (Toskala) was out of the blue paint. I no question tried to avoid the one side and felt like I got shoved. If I would have stopped any more I probably would have broken my ankle.”

“It was at least a suspect call," said Hejduk. "I didn’t see much contact there. Just maybe a little bit but it looked like a regular goal to me but the referees had a different opinion. I don’t want to say it was a turning point but it definitely would have helped us.”

The teams combined for five goals in the second period, including two that were reviewed.

Hejduk had a shot that was ruled no goal after Toskala appeared to clear the puck away from the goal line with his stick. An overhead shot showed the puck crossing the line, though, and Hejduk was awarded the goal.

After former Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger scored later in the period, officials took a second glance. Not at Finger's slap shot - which was clearly good - but whether John Mitchell's drive off the left post 32 seconds earlier went in.

It didn't and Finger was credited with his first goal since Dec. 1 at Los Angeles.

Grabovski scored on a power play in the second period, his 13th goal this season. The Avalanche have given up a power-play goal in nine straight games.

Avalanche players Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft were facing their former team. Raycroft gave up seven goals on 30 shots.

Stewart scored his seventh goal off a pass from T.J. Hensick.

The Maple Leafs scored on their first shot as Antropov deked Raycroft and sent the puck past him 1:52 into the game.

01-30-2009, 12:56 PM
Granato needs to get the team to respond. I thought last time he coached the inconsistency was due to the fact that we were loaded with stars and not team players. Now we are hurt by injuries and struggling terribly.

01-30-2009, 08:28 PM
When a bad call goes against your team, of course that’s the only reason why they lost the game. Referees, naturally, are great lightning rods on which to focus one’s anger at a loss.
And, make no mistake, our fair-haired boys were the victims of a horrible call tonight by Don “Have another donut, you fat pig” Koharski.

Ryan Smyth gets pushed into the goalie - and barely touched the goalie anyway - and gets called for goalie interference, thereby nullifying Milan Hejduk’s third goal of the night and causing lots of fans to lose their hats for nothing.

It was a crazy call, no question about it. But let’s face it: our lads are a loser’s bunch right now, and one bad call should not be used as a mask for the dismal reality of this team.

The Avs are basically a two-thirds line team right now. Milan Hejduk and Smitty are the only ones consistently bringing it every night. The rest are trying, but…nothing’s happening. Let’s get the caveat out of the way first, when discussing this collapsing souffle: the Avs are an injury-plagued team, missing its top two centers, promising rookie winger and a top-2 defenseman.

That said, the criticisms I’ve had all year long of this edition of the Burgundy and Blue remain: Management screwed up when it let its veteran, former Hart Trophy-winning goalie (Jose Theodore) go for nothing, lost a lot of on-ice and locker-room leadership disappear for nothing (Andrew Brunette) and did not adequately address what previously were significant shortcomings (reliable third-line center and adjacent penalty-killing help).

Tonight, we had a goalie (Andrew Raycroft) give up seven goals against the team that bought his contract out to rid themselves of him. He was, in essense, the replacement for Theodore. You had a guy named Darcy Tucker go pointless in an 11-goal game against his former team, which also bought out his contract to rid themselves of him. This is the guy who was said to be the answer to the loss of Brunette.

Then, we had the third-line center, Tyler Arnason, go through his usual pointless night. I don’t enjoy saying this, really, because I’ve always found Arnason to be a decent guy when I’ve talked to him. But it needs to be said: whatever line Arnason is centering should be nicknamed the “Donut Line”, because he’s the hole in the middle. It’s just beyond the point of reason anymore with his situation.

Tony Granato seems like a guy out of ideas with trying to fix things. What I mean by that is, he could use a good idea, for the first time in a while, from his front office. Francois Giguere, Michel Goulet, Greg Sherman, et. al, sit up in their suite every night watching all this, but as of this writing there still has not been a single trade all season.

Something should happen soon I think. I still totally believe a defenseman is going to be dealt for some kind of forward help, and one of those D-men will be named Clark, Leopold or Salei.
Clark is my bet, but his contract could be a hindrance. As much as I admire Clarkie for sticking his body in front of every shot, he’s been a disappointment offensively and there just seems to be too many of his kind already on the blue line.
I think another overlooked thing about this team is the fact that it’s not big enough. Anybody who watched San Jose totally manhandle this team the other night couldn’t help but be struck at how much smaller the Avs seemed than them. This team needs to get bigger and badder, up front and on the blue line.

And they need another goalie. I still haven’t gotten a good explanation from anybody why a team that overpaid and tolerated and nurtured and finally rehabilitated a goalie (Theodore) back to his old self suddenly got all concerned about a million dollars a year - the amount over a two-year deal it would have taken to keep him - and cut him loose.

Avalanche fans are paying the second-highest average ticket prices in the NHL. (Don’t let management’s funny math fool you on this).

And, dollars to donuts, that money should have gone to guys who actually did something for this team.

02-01-2009, 01:24 AM
Game No. 50 in the Avalanche's season Saturday went the way too many of the first 49 have gone. There were some good things, some bad things, some lucky things and unlucky things. In the end, it was a close game, one the Avs had a chance to win.

Alas, they didn't. Colorado's fast-foundering season took another blow when the struggling Anaheim Ducks won a 4-3 decision at the Pepsi Center. The loss was the fourth in a row at home for Colorado, and the Avs are six points out of the nearest playoff spot in the West.

Teemu Selanne continued to play as if he has carried a five-year grudge against his former team, scoring the winning goal for Anaheim at 5:04 of the third period. The Avs entered the third tied 3-3, on the power play and with what should have been the intangible of desperation on their side.

Instead, the Ducks looked like the hungrier and better team in the final 20 minutes.

"We played a good first 40 minutes, and for whatever reason, and for probably 10 minutes of the last 20 we got away from our game plan and tried to beat guys one-on-one. I don't know why," said Avs winger Ian Laperriere, whose wrist shot off the rush gave Colorado a short-lived 3-2 lead in the second period.

"The games are running down right now, and we're not getting points. It's a 3-3 tie against a team like that, and you just want to get to overtime or be smart about it and play the odds, I guess. You don't want to try to beat guys one-on-one and one-on-two, especially against guys like (Scott) Niedermayer and (Chris) Pronger."

Things started to go bad for the Avs not long after Laperriere's goal, at 10:29. Ryan Smyth, who had his first poor game in a while, took a hooking penalty at 12:59. Thirty-six seconds later, the game was tied, when Niedermayer beat Peter Budaj (31 shots, 27 saves) from the weak side after Bobby Ryan's crossing pass.

The Avs seemed to go flat from there, doing nothing on a power play to start the third. Then, at the 5:04 mark, Selanne scored after Avs defenders John-Michael Liles and Scott Hannan missed on chances to play a bouncing puck, leaving Selanne alone in front to score his 15th of the season, along with the 26th career goal and 55th point in 51 career games against Colorado.

"I think we had a pretty good breakout, then a couple of good bounces and I got the puck," Selanne said. "I got a pretty good shot. Nothing special."

The Avs made a couple of flurries on Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller in the final minutes, but the final horn made the same sad sound again for the Avs.

"We have to start doing things right," Avs defender Jordan Leopold said. "We probably played 40 smart minutes, the other 20 kind of got selfish. I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror, along with the rest of us."

It was the 28th one-goal game of the season for the Avs, and they still own a winning record (16-11-1) in them. But the big-picture record is a losing one (23-26-0-1), and a daunting February schedule awaits.

"It's getting old right now," Laperriere said. "Teams are winning behind us and teams are winning in front of us. It's going to be tougher and tougher the rest of the year and we have to realize that now

02-02-2009, 08:45 PM
The Calgary Flames have jumped out to a big lead in the Northwest Division, thanks in very large part to Miikka Kiprusoff.

After getting a rare day off in Calgary's last matchup with Colorado, the workhorse goaltender will likely try and add to his NHL-leading win total Monday night when the Flames meets the Avalanche for the final time this season.

On Dec. 15, Calgary (30-14-4) trailed first-place Vancouver by two points in the Northwest Division, but it's gone 14-3-1 since to take an 11-point lead. The 29 points the Flames have collected during that stretch are the most in the Western Conference.

Kiprusoff has led Calgary during the run, as he's been in net for 17 of the Flames' last 18 games, going 14-2-1 with a 2.56 goals-against average after winning just 16 of his first 28 starts.

He picked up his league-best 30th victory Friday night, 3-1 over visiting Nashville, making 28 saves to send the Flames to their third straight win.

"Guys around here that have been playing with (Kiprusoff) a few years have come to know him that way and know he can make the big save," said center Matthew Lombardi, who scored his fifth goal Friday.

Kiprusoff has sat out only three contests this season - most recently Jan. 18, a 6-2 Calgary loss to Colorado (23-26-1). Given his recent track record against the Avalanche, Kiprusoff seems very likely to be in net Monday.

He's 7-1-1 with a 1.57 GAA and two shutouts in his last nine matchups versus the Avalanche, and has allowed five goals in starting the first four meetings of this season's series.

The Avalanche is 10-3-1 in its last 14 home games versus the Flames, but playing in Denver hasn't been beneficial for them lately. They fell to 1-5-0 on their season-high eight-game homestand with Saturday's 4-3 loss to Anaheim.

Colorado has lost seven of eight overall and sits last in the Northwest and near the bottom of the conference.

"We didn't find a way to get points and it's getting old," winger Ian Laperriere said Saturday. "We have to realize we don't have that many games left. We need to get on a roll and get back in the playoff race because we're falling behind right now."

Unlike the Flames, the Avalanche's goaltending situation has been shaky lately. With Andrew Raycroft struggling through a personal five-start losing streak, Peter Budaj - not much better at 1-5-0 with a 3.92 GAA in his last seven starts - made 27 saves against the Ducks.

Budaj is expected to start Monday. He's been in net for this season's first five meetings with the Flames, compiling a 2.84 GAA.

The Avs will try to cool down Calgary winger Michael Cammalleri, who's recorded 11 of his team-leading 25 goals along with three assists during a career high-tying eight-game point streak. Cammalleri has two goals and four assists against Colorado in 2008-09.

02-02-2009, 11:37 PM
3-2 in the second...salei,svatos, and hejrer with goals

02-03-2009, 12:11 AM
4-3 avs end of 2nd..svatos wuth another goal

02-03-2009, 01:12 AM
yayyyyyyyyyy the avs decided to actually win a game!!!

02-03-2009, 02:35 AM
DENVER (AP) - Marek Svatos scored twice, Peter Budaj stopped 36 shots and the Colorado Avalanche ended a four-game slide with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Milan Hejduk and Ruslan Salei also scored for the Avs, who are 2-5 during a season-high eight-game homestand.

Rene Bourque, Adrian Aucoin and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, whose three-game winning streak came to an end.

It was the first multi-goal game of the season for Svatos, who also had an assist. Ryan Smyth and Tyler Arnason each added two assists.

The Avalanche improved to 17-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period as Budaj preserved the win with numerous stops late in the game.

Calgary pulled Miikka Kiprusoff with 1:03 remaining, but drew a penalty for having too many men on the ice when Kiprusoff hesitated. An additional minor for unsportsmanlinke conduct was added to the Flames.

The Avalanche couldn't score an empty-net goal and remain the only team in the league without one. The last team to go an entire season without an empty-net goal was the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005-06.

Kiprusoff finished with 38 saves, but lost for the first time in five games against Colorado this season.

Hejduk's power-play goal in the second period gave him 636 points in his career, tying Anton Stastny for fifth place on the franchise's career list.

Iginla continues to have success against the Avalanche. With his wrist-shot goal, he has 62 points in 71 career games against Colorado. It's the most of any NHL player against the Avalanche since they moved from Quebec.

The Flames took an early lead on Bourque's 17th goal of the season early in the first period. The Avalanche tied it up soon after when Svatos tapped a puck past Kiprusoff on a pass from Arnason.

Bourque's goal came on a rebound after Budaj stopped a shot from Todd Bertuzzi.

This was the last meeting of the season between these two Northwest Division rivals. The Flames won the series, 4-2.

Notes: Salei now has three goals this season, two against the Flames. ... Referee Kerry Fraser officiated in his 1,800th NHL game. ... Flames LW Andre Roy played in his 500th career game. ... The Avalanche is 5-0-1 all-time on Groundhog Day. ... The Avalanche snapped a string of allowing a power play goal in 10 straight games. ... The Flames face Dallas on Tuesday night.

02-05-2009, 09:45 PM


02-06-2009, 12:58 AM
DENVER (AP) -Cody McLeod scored the tiebreaking goal with seven minutes left, and the Colorado Avalanche snapped the Dallas Stars' five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.

McLeod is a fighter with some finesse - he's one of just two players in the NHL this season who have at least 10 goals and 100 penalty minutes. The other is St. Louis' David Backes.

McLeod, who was whistled for hooking in the first period, scored his 12th goal of the season when he circled around the net and fired a shot on Marty Turco that somehow found its way in.

The workmanlike goal sent the Stars to just their eighth loss since Nov. 30.

The Stars pulled Turco with 1:15 left for an extra skater, but the Avalanche remained the only team in the league without an empty-net goal. At the other end, Peter Budaj made his 22nd save with 20 seconds left.

The Avs have played an NHL-high 30 one-goal games, and they are 18-11-1.

Marek Svatos broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal just 42 seconds into the third period.

Svatos camped to Turco's right as both teams scrambled for the puck just outside the crease. Wojtek Wolski scooted the puck to him, and he knocked it in on the power play for his third goal in two games.

The Stars tied it at 8:02 on Loui Eriksson's 25th goal. He took a precise cross-ice pass from Toby Petersen to easily beat Budaj, who slid over too late.

The first period was about to finish scoreless when Steve Ott pushed the puck past Budaj with just 40 seconds left. Matt Niskanen took a shot from just inside the blue line, and Ott stuck his stick out, tipping the puck over Budaj's left shoulder.

Colorado tied it at 1 in the second period when Milan Hejduk took a pass from Ryan Smyth, sliced toward the net and scored over a sprawled out Turco. Hejduk's goal moved him into sole possession of fifth place on the franchise's career scoring list. He had been tied with Aston Stastny at 636 points.

With the score, Hejduk also reached the 20-goal mark for the ninth straight season.

Notes: The Avs closed out their season-high, eight-game homestand 3-5. Their other wins came against the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames. ... The Avs play 10 of their next 12 on the road. ... The last team to go without an empty-net goal was the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005-06.


02-06-2009, 12:59 AM
so 3-5 on this homestand...not good

02-06-2009, 04:10 PM
not good at all
my hope was for 6 on the homestand since we're usually pretty deadly at home..but we were just awful