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02-20-2009, 08:35 PM
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Date:February 20, 2009
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Date:February 22, 2009
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Date:February 24, 2009
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Date:February 26, 2009
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Date:February 28, 2009
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Date:March 2, 2009
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Statistical Leaders

Goals Assists Points PIM

Avs Hejduk-21 Smyth-27 Smyth-46 Mcleod-116

Capitals Ovechkin-42 Backstrom-47 Ovechkin-75 Brashear-105

Hurricanes Staal-26 Whitney-29 Whitney-47 Ruutu-61

Thrashers Kovalchuk-30 White-35 Kovalchuk-63 Boulton-147

Devils Parise-35 Elias-41 Parise-70 Rupp-107

Rangers Naslund-17 Gomez-29 Zherdev-44 Orr-143

Islanders Guerin-15 Streit-29 Streit-40 Jackman-117

02-20-2009, 10:06 PM
3-1 avs middle of the 3rd..smyth,foote,and ARNASON with goals against theo

02-21-2009, 12:49 AM
WASHINGTON — If you talk the talk

Jose Theodore did some talking before playing his first game against the Avalanche since leaving in a difference of opinion with management over his worth. Did he back it up?

Not exactly. The Avs made their former goalie dine on his words Friday night, with a 4-1 victory over his Washington Capitals at a sold-out Verizon Center.

Andrew Raycroft was the best goalie on the ice in the duel with Theodore, and four Avs players scored goals in the satisfying victory. The familiar trumpeting start to Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" blasted from a jubilant Avs dressing room when all was said and done, with Theodore's gloats of the previous day officially up in smoke.

Still, the Avs chose to take the high road officially in regard to Theodore when the tape recorders rolled.

"Nobody talked about it before the game. We just went out and played," veteran Ian Laperriere said. "It was a business decision what happened. I read what he said, but it wasn't like, 'Let's get him because he said that.' " It was more like, 'Let's get a win because we need to win.' "

In getting their third win in a row, on the start of a six-game, 13-day road trip, the Avs got goals from Ryan Smyth, Tyler Arnason, Wojtek Wolski and Adam Foote.

For Foote, it was his first goal in 106 games, and it was the game-winner. He roofed a shot past Theodore after jumping into the play — something he felt like he could do because he wasn't paired much against the Capitals' top line — featuring superstar Alexander Ovechkin.

"I'm not sure I would have felt comfortable enough to do that if he were out there," Foote said. "(Milan) Hejduk made the play with me. He's got the vision — gave me a great pass."

Foote's previous goal came with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"And I got in trouble for it," Foote said with a laugh. "(Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock) said, 'Stay on the blue line.' "

The Avs did a good job on NHL goals leader Ovechkin, keeping him pointless, though he did get five shots on goal. The Capitals missed a couple of easy chances on Raycroft, but so did Colorado on Theodore. The Avs had numerous odd-man rushes against Washington, including Arnason's insurance goal in the third period, coming off a turnover. It was his second goal in 45 games.

"We played smart. We're just focusing on trying to get it back together. We've just got to stay with it," Foote said.

Raycroft was solid in his third straight start.

"We didn't give them many power plays — only two, I think, and they both came with about 30 seconds left on power plays of our own," Raycroft said. "That made a big difference. We weren't really scrambling around the front of the net."

What did Theodore have to say after the game?

"I didn't think we played our game. I think they played a real solid game and we couldn't get into their zone, especially in the first two periods," he said. "We've got to play hard against every team. We can't start picking our opponents. We've got to play the same way every game. We didn't do that tonight. (Coach) Bruce (Boudreau) said before the game that they would block the middle and that we would have to dump the puck and go get it ourselves. Tonight it seems that we didn't really do it. We didn't listen to the game plan so well. We couldn't get into the zone."

Adrian Dater: 303-954-1360 or adater@denverpost.com

The Post's three stars

1. Adam Foote — Played a solid defensive game, and contributed a goal and assist.

2. Ryan Smyth — Scored Colorado's first goal and assisted on the final score.

3. Wojtek Wolski — Scored a goal and was dangerous all night. http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_11752923

02-21-2009, 06:11 PM
Hello from Raleigh, N.C. Nice weather here. Thirty-nine minute flight from D.C. to get here. I certainly wish all flights were that quick. Travel in the east is just so much easier for teams (and reporters). But they don’t have the frequent flier miles I have.

Looks like Paul Stastny is doubtful for tomorrow. He practiced hard today in Raleigh, but Avs brass say he’ll likely sit out one more game. Tuesday in Atlanta is the likely return date.

Andrew Raycroft back in net for a fourth straight game against the Hurricanes.dp

02-22-2009, 05:42 PM
The power play is looking really bad today. The canes look like the ones on the p.p. even though we have the man advantage

02-22-2009, 06:20 PM
i think i get to watch the 3rd

02-22-2009, 06:21 PM
and it would be 4-2 after i last checked and it was 2-2

02-23-2009, 12:08 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Matt Cullen had his first career hat trick and the Carolina Hurricanes extended their winning streak to three games with a 5-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Cullen recorded his 400th career NHL point with his second goal, which came early in the second period and gave Carolina a 2-1 lead.

Colorado had its three-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in 16 games to Carolina. The Avalanche entered 12-0-3 against the Hurricanes, last losing to the franchise in 1996, when the Hurricanes were the Hartford Whalers.

Darcy Tucker scored for Colorado at 2:12 of the second to tie the game at 2-2, but Joni Pitkanen scored off a rebound with 2:54 left in the second period to give the Hurricanes a lead they would not relinquish.

Ryan Bayda's third-period goal made it 4-2, and Cullen added an empty-netter.

Carolina moved to one point out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Colorado's Wojtek Wolski scored less than a minute into the game, stealing a pass and skating in the right side to beat Cam Ward at 19:01.

The shots after that were scarce for the Avalanche, playing the second game of a six-game road trip. The Hurricanes outshot the Avalanche 39-19.

Colorado's Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves, and Cam Ward made 17 for Carolina.

02-23-2009, 04:59 AM
Go and beat some good teams and then lose to an average team. Poor Avs.

02-23-2009, 09:00 PM

02-24-2009, 08:35 PM
And it only gets worse...

02-24-2009, 09:25 PM

02-24-2009, 11:45 PM
2 shorthanded goals :pity:

02-25-2009, 08:42 PM
recap (http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_11778180)

02-26-2009, 09:17 PM
why does granto have wolski on line with frikin tucker? what an idoit. i think breaking up the wolski hejduk symth line was stupid but putting wolski with tucker? my question is wy is svatos a healthy scratch he could be on this line.

02-27-2009, 02:25 AM
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Marty's back, as good as ever.

Martin Brodeur recorded his 99th career regular-season shutout, making 24 saves in his first game since elbow surgery in early Novemeber as the New Jersey Devils beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Thursday night.

The shutout was Brodeur's third in 11 games this season and it moved him within four of Terry Sawchuk's regular-season career mark of 103.

Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac scored, but the night belonged to Brodeur as he picked up his 545th career win, moving within six of tying Patrick's Roy's NHL record.

The four-time Vezina Trophy winner as hockey's best goalie was greeted by a standing ovation from fans when he stepped on the ice for the pre-game warmup and they cheered every time he touched the puck, even when he simply directed it to the corner.

Despite missing 50 games after having surgery to repair a torn biceps in his left elbow, Brodeur was very sharp. He got a gimme on his first save, a shot from the red line by Chris Stewart about six minutes into the contest.

The Avalanche had their chances though. Milan Hejduk forced Brodeur to make a very good pad save with nine minutes left in the period and he also tested the 15-year veteran with a rebound late in the period.

Brodeur made a sliding save on Ben Guite early in the second period and he somehow got in front of a power-play chance by Wojtek Wolski later in the period.

Wolski would beat Brodeur on a short-handed chance just minutes later, but the puck hit off iron and bounced away.

Other than the opening shift of the third period and a late power play, Brodeur had little work in the final frame.

Langenbrunner gave Brodeur the only goal he would need 4:38 after the opening faceoff.

Parise intercepted a pass by Ian Laperriere in the Devils' zone and quickly fed it to Zajac, who pushed the puck to Langenbrunner coming down the right wing. Langenbrunner let a slap shot go from the right circle and it beat Andrew Raycroft between the pads for his 19th goal of the season.

Elias got a little lucky getting his 24th goal on a power play at 8:43 of the second period. Defenseman Paul Martin took a pass from Parise and fired the puck to the left of the net. It bounced off the end boards and came right back in front to Elias, who backhanded it home.

Parise, tied with Jeff Carter of Philadelphia for second in the NHL in goals this season, powered his way past Colorado defenseman Brett Clark in the third period and beat Raycroft in close.

Zajac closed out the scoring with 3:13 to play after the Devils kept the puck in the Avalanche zone for nearly a minute.http://avalanche.nhl.com/team/app?gameNumber=909&gameType=2&page=Recap&season=20082009&service=page

02-28-2009, 08:54 PM
I'm beginning to hate this team.

02-28-2009, 09:43 PM
I think we need to re-evaluate the coaching staff this offseason.

Granato keeps flipping who's starting at goalie and keeps changing the lines and wonders why they can't get things going.

This was why I wanted Coach Joe Clueless out of town!

03-01-2009, 12:26 AM
john tavares here we come

03-01-2009, 01:36 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -Ryan Callahan and Nikolai Zherdev scored in the first 68 seconds and the Rangers busted out of their offensive doldrums in a 6-1 victory Saturday night over Colorado that gave coach John Tortorella his first win with New York.

Tortorella, who took over Monday for the fired Tom Renney, dropped a pair of 2-1 decisions before seeing his aggressive style produce the Rangers' highest scoring output this season.

Petr Prucha and Scott Gomez also scored in New York's second four-goal first period of the season. The Rangers jumped two points in front of Florida into sixth place in the Eastern Conference after dropping 12-of-14 games (2-8-4).

New York captain Chris Drury added to the onslaught when he snapped a career-worst, 17-game goal drought with a 5-on-3 power-play tally at 4:56 of the second. Markus Naslund reached 20 goals for the 10th straight season in the third.

Several skirmishes in the closing minutes delayed the inevitable ending.

The only suspense was gone with 6:55 left in the second when Ryan Smyth snapped Henrik Lundqvist's shutout bid. By then, the Rangers had built a 5-0 lead against the goalie tandem of Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft.

Tortorella, winless in a four-game stint as Rangers coach in 2000, said before the game he had begun to get to know his new players and that they are grasping the up-tempo, pressure style he wants to play.

After a video session Friday, the Rangers put what they learned into action. New York had scored more than two goals once during their skid and none in their previous 14 losses.

Callahan got it started when he helped force a turnover and then took a perfect feed from Brandon Dubinsky to make it 1-0 at 28 seconds.

Unlike Thursday's home loss to Florida, when New York had a goal waved off 17 seconds in, this one stuck and was just the beginning.

Zherdev doubled the lead at 1:08 when he took a pass in front and pinballed the puck off the skate of defenseman Ruslan Salei on the Rangers' third shot.

Prucha, given a second chance under Tortorella after being a regular scratch by Renney, made it 3-0 with 6:36 left in the period.

That sent Budaj to the bench after he faced nine shots. New York needed 1:38 and one shot to solve Raycroft as Gomez pushed the lead to 4-0 when he tipped in Marc Staal's slap shot.

In the second period, Smyth got behind defenseman Dmitri Kalinin, who fumbled a puck in the neutral zone, and scored on a breakaway. It wasn't nearly enough for the Avalanche, which has dropped four straight and sits at the bottom of the West.

Prior to Smyth's goal, the Rangers made it 5-0 when Gomez slithered a pass through the crease to Drury, who scored for the first time since Jan. 16 at Chicago. Naslund closed the scored with 5:11 remaining in the third.http://avalanche.nhl.com/team/app?gameNumber=929&gameType=2&page=Recap&season=20082009&service=page

03-01-2009, 07:09 PM
I'm more ashamed of how we acted last night more than the way we played. I thought we had more class than that.

03-02-2009, 09:10 PM
The Colorado Avalanche opened its six-game road trip with a third straight win that helped put the club in striking distance for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The rest of the trip hasn't gone quite as well.

The Avs have been outscored by 13 goals while losing the past four games, a skid they'll hope to snap as they try to salvage the finale of their trip Monday night against the league-worst New York Islanders.

Colorado (28-34-1) had lost 11-of-14 heading into a game at Detroit on Feb. 15, but beat the Stanley Cup champions 6-5 in a shootout. The Avalanche followed that with a home win over Ottawa before opening a season-long six-game road trip at Washington.
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Colorado cruised past the Southeast Division-leading Capitals 4-1, a win that put it within five points of the last playoff spot in the West. The Avalanche then lost in Carolina and Atlanta before getting blanked 4-0 in New Jersey on Thursday, and they followed that up by allowing four first-period goals in a 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Coach Tony Granato's team is now in last place in the West, 10 points out of the eighth spot.

"Obviously we're not happy with our positioning," forward Darcy Tucker said. "We've just got to continue to work hard and move forward and try to be as tight as we can and stick together."

The Avalanche scores 2.56 goals per game to rank among the bottom third of the league, but it's been an inability to stop anything that's really hampered them. Colorado allows an average of 3.16 goals, the most in the West.

Goaltender Peter Budaj got pulled 13 minutes into the loss to the Rangers, his fifth straight. He's 3-10-0 with a 3.74 goals-against average in his last 13 starts. Andrew Raycroft hasn't been much better, going 3-8-0 with a 3.52 GAA in his last 12 games.

The Islanders (19-36-7) certainly know something about defensive deficiencies, as they're one of three teams that have allowed more goals than Colorado.

They've been much better lately, however. New York has two shutout wins over Eastern playoff contenders in its last four games, first a 4-0 victory over New Jersey on Feb. 21, then a 2-0 win over Buffalo on Saturday as Yann Danis made 31 saves.

Danis, who was also in goal against the Devils, is 2-1-0 with a 0.34 GAA in his last three starts.

"Pucks are just hitting me right now," Danis told the Islanders' official Web site. "My positioning has been good; I think that's been the key to my game. Also, I think the guys are playing really good hockey in front of me."

Both goals against the Sabres came off the stick of Sean Bergenheim, who seems to have found his touch offensively. New York's first round pick in 2002, Bergenheim has four goals in his past four games to give him a career-high 11.

The Islanders could use more offense from Bergenheim with the news that leading goal-scorer Bill Guerin is likely to be traded. Guerin didn't play against Buffalo and reports indicate a deal is imminent.

Colorado has lost four straight on Long Island, where they haven't played since December 2005.http://avalanche.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=Preview&seas=20082009&gtype=2&gnum=940

03-02-2009, 09:38 PM
we would be loosing 3-1 to the worst team in the league

03-03-2009, 12:35 AM
3-0 against the Red Wings and we can't beat the Islanders?:sigh:

03-03-2009, 01:13 AM
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Emergency call-up Jesse Joensuu scored his first NHL goal in his first game and the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Monday night in a matchup of cellar dwellers in the league's two conferences.

The Islanders, who own the league's worst record (20-36-7), got offense from another unexpected source as defenseman Bruno Gervais scored for the first time in 161 games - dating back to April 18, 2006.

Dean McAmmond, playing his fifth game with the Islanders since being acquired from Ottawa, scored his second goal since his arrival and wore an 'A' on his jersey in the absence of captain Bill Guerin and suspended alternate Brendan Witt. Jeff Tambellini snapped a 14-game goal drought, and Jon Sim had three assists in the only game on day's NHL schedule.

The Avalanche got two goals from Ryan Smyth, a one-time Islanders player who spurned their attempts to re-sign him in the summer of 2007. Colorado (28-35-1) is last in the West.

Joensuu, brought up from Bridgeport of the AHL on Monday because Guerin is still in trade limbo, smacked in a loose puck from in front during New York's two-goal second period that sent Colorado to its fifth straight loss.

The Avalanche started its six-game road trip with a win at Washington, but dropped the final five. They were outscored 14-3 in consecutive losses to New Jersey and New York's Rangers and Islanders.

Yann Danis made 20 saves, outdueling Colorado's Andrew Raycroft, who stopped 27 shots.

Guerin sat out a second straight game as the Islanders, the bottom team in the Eastern Conference, try to trade him before the deadline on Wednesday. A deal was expected over the weekend after Guerin was pulled from the lineup following warmups before New York played Buffalo on Saturday, but one didn't materialize.

He is still expected to be gone before the Islanders host the rival Rangers on Thursday, but coach Scott Gordon said he would have the captain back in the lineup in the unlikely event a trade isn't completed.

Joensuu probably will be back in the minors by then too, Gordon said, but made a case to stay when he gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead 2:31 into the second. Gervais pushed the advantage to two goals with 6:56 left in the period when he knocked in a rebound of Sim's shot.

Smyth, who heard boos every time he touched the puck, got the Avalanche into a 1-1 tie 33 seconds into the middle period with a power-play goal, and then brought Colorado within 3-2 at 1:02 of the third.

Notes: Islanders RW Trent Hunter sat out due to a lower leg injury. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. His absence caused New York to play a player short for the second straight game. http://avalanche.nhl.com/team/app?gameNumber=940&gameType=2&page=Recap&season=20082009&service=page

03-03-2009, 01:13 AM

03-05-2009, 02:17 AM
DENVER - Ty Conklin laughed off his last outing, refusing to dwell on one bad performance.

The Detroit goalie was much sharper Wednesday night, making 25 saves to help the Red Wings take the overall NHL lead with a 3-2 victory over the faltering Colorado Avalanche.

Conklin gave up four goals in just 10 minutes of work in an 8-0 loss to Nashville last week.

He simply shrugged it off.

"My confidence wasn't affected, I've felt good about my game pretty much all year," Conklin said. "You have those kind of nights."

Not to mention these kind of nights.

Conklin turned back a late flurry of shots in front of the net to preserve the win. He even had a puck bounce right into his lap in the closing seconds, with Avalanche players crashing in all around him.

"Just kind of lucked out," he said.

The Stanley Cup champion Red Wings won for the fourth time in five games to reach 94 points, one more than San Jose and Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

For the record, they're paying attention to the standings - real close attention.

"You want to try to stay up there," Johan Franzen said. "I think we are starting to play better and better."

The Red Wings were without goal leader Marian Hossa on Wednesday night.

He sat out with a sore neck and knee after he was injured the night before in St. Louis when he slammed into the end boards and had to be carried off the ice on a gurney.

Although the 30-year-old Hossa was hospitalized for observation, he accompanied the team to Colorado and is listed as day to day.

"It looked really scary," said Franzen, who scored his 26th goal of the season. "When he fell into the boards, it looked like his head took a lot of weight.

"The good thing is he's OK."

Colorado dropped its sixth straight game, matching the longest skid since the team relocated to Denver in 1995-96. The last time the Avalanche dropped six in a row was late in the 1998 season when they were on their way to wrapping up a division title.

The last-place Avalanche have a losing record this late in the season for the first time since the franchise arrived in the Mile High City.

"We aren't putting together complete games," Paul Stastny said. "We have to do better than play out the string.

"We have to give a good effort."

John-Michael Liles and Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado.

The Avalanche pulled goalie Andrew Raycroft with 52 seconds remaining, but couldn't tie the game as Conklin came up big.

"You have to play 60 minutes against a team like that and we didn't," Ian Laperriere said.

Detroit has struggled with the Avalanche this season, going 1-3 in the series. But the Wings opened up the game with a two-goal second period as Franzen and Draper each scored.

Liles gave the Avalanche an early 1-0 lead, scoring 2:57 into the game. It was his eighth goal of the season.

The Wings tied it late in the first period when Valtteri Filppula flipped a shot over a sprawled-out Raycroft.

Filppula's goal came with the clock malfunctioning, the announcer counting down the time for the final minute. Filppula's eighth goal of the season happened with 19 seconds remaining.

"I've had trouble scoring goals," said Filppula, who has scored in consecutive games after going 18 without. "I'll take goals against anyone right now."http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=269846&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nhl