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Bronx33
10-04-2007, 07:06 PM
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DENVER (AP) -Paul Stastny was just following in the skates of his old man.

The second-year center had his first career hat trick Wednesday night and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Dallas Stars for a 4-3 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Peter Stastny, a star with the Quebec Nordiques before they moved to Denver and became the Avalanche, had a hat trick against Buffalo on Oct. 6, 1982.

His son, though, didn't want to compare himself to his father, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.

"He's way better than me," Paul Stastny said grinning. "But it's good to get a hat trick."

Stastny's three-goal game was the first by a Colorado player on opening night, though Dale Hunter did it for Quebec on Oct. 4, 1983, against the New York Islanders.

After scoring his third goal midway through the second period, the fans littered the ice with hats.

But Stastny downplayed his accomplishment.

"Anyone on the team can chip in," Stastny said. "Today, I was a little lucky. It helped out because we needed goals."

Colorado led 4-1 after two periods, but the Stars made things interesting when Jussi Jokinen scored midway through the third and Niklas Hagman added another at 17:10.

The Stars pulled goalie Marty Turco with 1:10 remaining, but couldn't score.

Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj, who made a flurry of saves in the closing seconds, finished with 31 saves.

"Hopefully, we're going to build on this," Budaj said.

Or continue where they left off last season. The Avalanche finished 2006-07 as the hottest team in hockey, going 15-2-2 over their final 19 games in a frenzied dash toward a playoff spot.

However, the Avalanche missed out by a point. They don't want experience that again.

"That's the start we're looking for," said Wojtek Wolski, who added a goal late in the second period. "We want to make sure that carries over into the next 10, 20 games."

Turco gave up four goals on 17 shots through the first two periods, drawing the ire of coach Dave Tippett.

"We're going to need better goaltending than that," Tippett said. "We have to if our team is to succeed."

Tippett liked the energy of the Stars - at the end at least.

"You have to have the urgency before that," he said. "To win in this league you have to commit to winning one-on-one battles and creating space for yourself by skating. We didn't have enough players doing that."

Although the Avalanche signed big name free agents in Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan over the summer, the newcomer who made the biggest impact in the season opener was Jaroslav Hlinka, who had two assists in his NHL debut.

Hlinka joined the Avalanche from the Czech League, where he shared the scoring title. He had 19 goals and 38 assists in 48 games for HC Sparta last season.

"He's an easy player to play with," said Stastny, who finished last season with 28 goals and wound up second in the Calder Trophy voting behind Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin. "He keeps it simple, he always moves it to you when you get open. He's got good speed and he's confident with the puck."

Colorado coach Joel Quenneville was certainly pleased with the production of the line of Stastny, Hlinka and Andrew Brunette, who had three assists.

All told, the Avalanche's second line had three goals and five assists.

"Our balance is throughout our lineup," Quenneville said. "We encourage everybody to think scoring."

Notes: Hagman made his 400th career NHL game memorable with a goal and an assist. ... The Avalanche moved to 16-5-7 in franchise history in season openers, the best winning percentage in the NHL. ... Hannan spent a team-leading 28:05 on the ice. ... Jeff Halpern, who had a second-period goal, said the reason for the Stars loss was simple. "Too many turnovers," he said.

theAPAOps5
10-04-2007, 07:37 PM
Man I turned off the TV when it was 4-1, missed some goals in the end. I watched Stasny score the hat trick, that was sweet. He is a great find for the Avs.

Bronx33
10-04-2007, 07:48 PM
How can you not like a guy with a true hockey smile ..

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Pezman
10-04-2007, 07:56 PM
Nothing like kicking off the season with a bang! Watching the Avs beat the Stars and watching Bertuzzi get beat with his new club. I'm loving it.

Bronx33
10-04-2007, 10:08 PM
Avs getting battered by the preds as we speak notiables tyler weiman in net.

Bronx33
10-05-2007, 04:54 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Chris Mason showed he is ready to be the Nashville Predators' starting goalie.

Mason stopped 35 shots and Jason Arnott scored twice to lead the Predators to a 4-0 season-opening victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

"I really wanted to make a statement and hopefully I did that," said Mason, who was given the No. 1 goaltending spot after Tomas Vokoun was traded to Florida in the offseason. "Getting a shutout was as good as I could have hoped for. But this is only one game. I want to show everyone that I can do this throughout the season."

The line of Arnott, J.P Dumont and Vernon Fiddler accounted for three goals and three assists. Arnott also had an assist, Dumont had a goal and an assist and Fiddler added one assist.

"We got a few things rolling in preseason and it has carried over into the regular season," Arnott said. "I played with J.P last year so I move extremely well with him. Fiddler is the new guy and works so hard out there. A lot of people don't know how skilled he is."

Both Arnott and Mason gave credit to the play of the team for the opening night success. Arnott admits he and his teammates have read all of the stories about how this edition of the Predators isn't going to be as good as last season's.

"We have read that our team is not going to score as many goals as last season," Arnott said. "We know we have guys in this team who can score. But it is a combination of everybody having to contribute."

For the first goal Marek Zidlicky passed the puck from the right side, catching Arnott above the circle on the power play. Arnott sent a one-timer that beat Colorado goalie Peter Budaj between his pads at 4:31 of the first.

Nearly 10 minutes later, Arnott struck from close range. J.P. Dumont passed the puck from the right side in front of the crease as Arnott skated in from the left, firing the puck into the wide side of the net as Budaj moved out of position to the right.

"It was a fast-paced game in the first period," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "There were a lot of opportunities on both ends. Nashville scored the type of goals that they generally do. They get it back to the point and blast away into traffic."

In the second period, Nashville made it 3-0 as Dan Hamhuis beat Budaj low to his stick side from the middle of the left circle.

At 4:41 of the third period, Greg de Vries fired a one-timer from just inside the blue line. Dumont tipped it past Budaj high to his glove side.

"We got our goals," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We got a goal on the power play. We got goals in transition. We got mucking goals. We got goals because we had traffic in front of the net. That's how we are going to have to play if we are going to be successful."

Budaj was replaced after the last goal by Tyler Weiman. Budaj faced 22 shots and made 18 saves.

"I wanted to get Tyler into the game to see how he would handle it," Quenneville said. "I thought he did a great job in net and handled the challenge well. At that time it was 4-0, so it was an easy call."

The Predators' future is in doubt as a potential local ownership group continues to negotiate with Nashville mayor Karl Dean and the Sports Authority. Despite the drive for season ticket sales, there were several empty seats in the lower bowl. Attendance was 777 short of a sellout.

Notes:Arnott earned the 699th and 700th points of his career. ... Predators owner Craig Leipold, who is still trying to sell the team, spent part of the game in Section 303 where he has purchased season tickets. ... Nashville's Shea Weber left in the first period with a leg injury and did not return. ... The Predators are 3-5-1 in home openers.

Bronx33
10-07-2007, 07:38 PM
Avs up 2-0 in the first vs the sharks.

Bronx33
10-07-2007, 08:55 PM
4-1 with goals from stastny and duke.

Bronx33
10-07-2007, 09:05 PM
5-1 wojo 6-1 ryan smyth

Kid A
10-08-2007, 11:38 AM
Nice win. On a side note, I have never been so happy that hockey season starts in the middle of football.

Evenrude
10-08-2007, 03:36 PM
Nice win. On a side note, I have never been so happy that hockey season starts in the middle of football.
+1

Bronx33
10-09-2007, 06:05 PM
Nice win. On a side note, I have never been so happy that hockey season starts in the middle of football.


Ditto

Bronx33
10-09-2007, 06:07 PM
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DENVER (AP) -Paul Stastny put together an impressive rookie season, and now he is working on an even better sophomore campaign.

Stastny had a goal and four assists, and Milan Hejduk scored twice and set up another tally as the Colorado Avalanche broke open a tight game with four third-period goals and beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 Sunday night.

Avalanche captain Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist to move past Phil Esposito into eighth place on the NHL career points list with 1,591.

Stastny, the runner-up to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for rookie of the year honors last season, has four goals and four assists in Colorado's first three games. He had a hat trick in the Avalanche's season-opening win against Dallas on Wednesday.

"I don't think they're coming easy. I've gotten a couple of good bounces," said Stastny, who had 28 goals and 50 assists last season. "I'm playing with some good linemates."

Hejduk scored late in the first period, less than three minutes after Sakic notched the 611th goal of his 19-year career. Sakic's goal moved him out of a tie for 14th place with Bobby Hull on the career list.

"Obviously, I've been around a long time," Sakic said. "For me to have played this long and get to those guys who meant a lot to the game, it's an honor."

The Avalanche poured it on in the third after Ryan Clowe scored the first of his two goals to make it 2-1 after two periods. Just 52 seconds into the final frame, Hejduk found Stastny in front to give Colorado a two-goal cushion.

"I thought last year he was at a pretty impressive level, and to just keep getting better is a great sign," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "With the puck, his patience level is at the highest end of the game."

Hejduk scored 1:55 later, and the rout was on. Marek Svatos and Ryan Smyth scored 18 seconds apart midway through the third to make it 6-1 and chase goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

"We were pushing the pace in the second, and we were aggressive and going down and they didn't have much," Nabokov said. "The third period starts, and we give up a 3-on-2, and that made the momentum for them."

The Sharks played from behind most of the game in part because of four penalties in the first period, two whistled simultaneously. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Jeremy Roenick were sent off with 5:05 left in the first period, and it took only 23 seconds for the Avalanche to cash in on the 5-on-3 advantage. Sakic fed Stastny down low, then one-timed the return pass to open the scoring.

Only 14 seconds after Joe Thornton drew a holding penalty, Sakic fed Hejduk, who made it 2-0 with a shot that beat Nabokov on the short side.

"We have to play better without the puck, and we just didn't compete," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "When you are that sloppy you are going to get embarrassed, and we were."

Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj, who had 24 saves, came up big after Hejduk drew a double minor for high-sticking 1:12 into the game. The Sharks had five shots during the four-minute power play, including a point-blank chance by Roenick, but failed to score.

Notes: Avalanche D Scott Hannan faced his former team for the first time since signing with Colorado in the offseason. Hannan played eight seasons for the Sharks. ... Roenick is three goals shy of 500 in the NHL. ... The last Avalanche player to score five points in a game was Sakic, who did it Feb. 15, 2007, at Calgary.

Bronx33
10-10-2007, 04:24 PM
Not like a repaired knee will help his suckyness but maybe just maybe he could try and earn his pay check. Hilarious!

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CENTENNIAL - It isn't every day when a one-time MVP agrees to a stint in the minors, but the brief trip proved to be a positive one for Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore.

The 2002 Hart and Vezina trophies winner, looking to test his surgically repaired knee, tended goal Saturday when the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Monsters made their American Hockey League season debut.

"I didn't have a problem going down there, and I'm really happy I did it," Theodore said Tuesday. "The best plan would have been to play a preseason game, but after talking with (goalie coach) Jeff (Hackett) and with everybody, we felt the smartest thing to do was to get a good game under my belt."

Theodore didn't get a win - the Monsters lost 3-2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins - but he made 21 saves and got in the work he needed. He since has been added to the Avalanche's active roster and is expected to play in one of this weekend's games, Friday in St. Louis or Saturday against Columbus at the Pepsi Center.

"I got some shots, some traffic, some bumping," said Theodore, who hadn't played in a minor league game since 1998-99 with the Montreal Canadiens' AHL affiliate in Fredericton, New Brunswick. "I tested my knee with some awkward plays and it was fine. I got exactly what I wanted to get.

"The rest is up to the coach. I'm just waiting for my start, my chance. There's no pain - everything is feeling really good. I feel as strong as ever. It was hot in the building, too, so I could test my conditioning. I wanted to make sure that, when I play here, I was ready."

Theodore skated for about a week before training camp when he felt pain in his knee. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a tear under the kneecap, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 29.

It was an unexpected setback for Theodore, coming off a 13-15-1 season and begins 2007-08 as Peter Budaj's backup with plenty to prove in the final year of a contract that pays him $6 million.

Theodore worked out with Hackett for several days after the surgery before he was allowed to practice with the team.

"It was good to have the chance to work with Jeff at this time of the year to make sure you don't get into some bad habits," he said. "It's good now to be able to make full practices and to get your own net."

Until Tuesday, Theodore shared practice time with Budaj and Tyler Weiman, the backup goalie in the first three games. Weiman was assigned to Lake Erie on Monday.

"I'm back here and I'm ready to go," Theodore said.

Bronx33
10-12-2007, 06:31 PM
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In his first season with the St. Louis Blues, Paul Kariya has made a major impact by continuing to do what he's best at.

The veteran forward and one of the game's top assist men looks to continue his strong early play, and the Blues try for a third straight victory when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Kariya assisted on both Brad Boyes' goals in a 4-1 home victory over Nashville on Wednesday. Kariya, who signed a three-year, $18 million free-agent deal with the Blues (2-1-0) after leading the Predators in scoring the last two years, leads St. Louis with five points - all assists.

"I didn't do too much," Kariya said. "Boysey scored two great goals. He's a scorer, he's got great hands around the net, and he showed it."

Kariya, who turns 33 Tuesday, had at least 50 assists in three of his last four seasons and has 505 for his career that started with Anaheim in 1994.

He's tallied four assists in his last two games, but has a goal in each of his last two versus Colorado - the team he played 51 games and had 25 assists for in 2003-04.

Kariya looks to help the Blues start 3-1-0 for the first time since 1997-98. St. Louis has scored nine goals in consecutive wins since falling 3-2 at Phoenix in its opener on Oct. 4.

Boyes, who had 17 goals for Boston and St. Louis last season, has a team-leading three goals so far.

St. Louis, which has missed the playoffs the last two seasons after 25 straight postseason appearances, was 3-1 against Colorado in 2006-07 and should face Jose Theodore in net Friday.

Theodore, who was a disappointing 13-15-1 with a 3.26 goals-against average last season - his first full one with the Avalanche - is expected to make his first start since undergoing offseason knee surgery.

"He's practiced really well and looked sharp," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville told the team's official Web site. "He's anticipating getting in there and helping us out. We feel it's a good opportunity to start him."

Though he hasn't faced the Blues since 2002 while with Montreal, Theodore is 0-3-0 with a 4.03 GAA in his career St. Louis.

Like the Blues, the Avalanche (2-1-0) are determined to return to the playoffs after failing to do so last season for the first time since 1993-94 when the team was located in Quebec.

Colorado hasn't played since a 6-2 win over San Jose on Sunday. Paul Stastny had a goal and a career-high five points.

Stastny, who had 28 goals and 50 assists and was runner-up to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for rookie of the year last season, had a hat trick in a 4-3 win over Dallas to open the season. All eight of Stastny's points this season, though, have come at home.

"I thought last year he was at a pretty impressive level, and to just keep getting better is a great sign," Quenneville said. "With the puck, his patience level is at the highest end of the game."

Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist against the Sharks to move past Phil Esposito into eighth place on the NHL career points list with 1,591. He had two goals versus the Blues last season, but none in St. Louis.

Bronx33
10-12-2007, 08:48 PM
Theodore in net Yikes! 1-1 13 min left in the third..

Bronx33
10-12-2007, 10:55 PM
Avs D sucking the post and manny legacy extends his ownage of the avs one more game, theo actually played pretty good.

4-1

Bronx33
10-13-2007, 02:22 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -Manny Legace gets up emotionally every time he faces the Colorado Avalanche and it shows in his record.

The St. Louis goalie made 24 saves to help the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Colorado on Friday night. That improved Legace's career mark against the Avalanche to 12-1 and his goals-against average to 1.85.

"It's just one of those teams that you have to be up for," Legace said of the Avalanche. "Hopefully, it keeps up. I respect this team so much. They're so talented, if you don't show up against these guys, they're going to bury you in a hurry."

Brad Boyes scored his fourth goal of the season and Dan Hinote added two goals in the third period for the Blues, who extended their winning streak to three games and are 3-1-0 for the first time since 1997-98. Jay McClement had the other St. Louis goal and Paul Kariya picked up an assist, giving him six this season.

Colorado's Jose Theodore, who made 19 saves, fell to 0-4 lifetime against the Blues. Paul Stastny scored his fifth goal for the Avalanche.

The Avalanche had the better of the play in the first two periods, but only managed to get one by Legace.

"He made some big saves and he didn't leave any loose pucks in front of him," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "Their defense played well around the net area."

With the game tied 1-1 early in the third period, Lee Stempniak tried to beat Theodore with a wraparound attempt. Theodore stopped that, but the puck came to McClement on the right side. Theodore stopped McClement's first attempt, but McClement put in his own rebound to make it 2-1 at the 4:57 mark.

Just over a minute later, Hinote, who was a healthy scratch the past two games, converted Jamal Mayer's centering attempt to make it 3-1 with 14:00 left.

Hinote was just happy to be back on the ice.

"Obviously, when you're not playing, you don't feel like you're a part of the team," he said. "It was good to get the call. I was just trying to chip in."

Quenneville said McClement's goal was the backbreaker.

"That second goal was huge," he said. "Whoever got that was probably in control of the game, and we weren't very good after that."

Hinote scored again at 15:59 to make it a three-goal lead.

Theodore, who lost his starting position to Peter Budaj at the end of last season, was starting his first game after recovering from minor knee surgery. The Blues greeted him rudely when just over a minute into the game, Kariya skated in alone down the right side. Theodore stopped Kariya's shot, but Boyes put the rebound home at 1:14.

Quenneville felt Theodore did fine in his first action.

"The first couple of periods, he didn't get a lot of work," he said, "but I thought he looked good in net.

Stastny, who grew up in St. Louis, tied it when he banked in a shot off Kariya's skate that surprised Legace.

Notes: Colorado F Andrew Brunnette played in his 375th consecutive game, the third-longest active streak in the NHL. ... Kariya has scored a point in all four games. ... The Blues are 2-0 at Scottrade Center. St. Louis went 18-19-4 at home last season and were 30-42-10 the last two. ... Nine of the Blues' 15 goals have come in the third period.

Bronx33
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The Colorado Avalanche just missed the postseason last year after finishing one point behind the Calgary Flames for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Although the Avalanche can't erase what happened last year, they can get a measure of revenge on Tuesday when they look to extend their perfect start at the Pepsi Center and win back-to-back games for the first time this season as they host the Flames.

Colorado (3-2-0) has alternated wins and losses in its first five games. The Avalanche were hoping to come out strong after finishing 15-2-2 in their final 19 games. Despite the impressive finish, it wasn't enough to overcome its slow start, and Colorado missed the playoffs despite finishing with one more win than Calgary (2-2-1).

It's because of the poor start and the effect it had on the remainder of the season that the Avalanche began this season determined to avoid a repeat.

"I think we found last year, we got caught maybe being behind it too late," coach Joel Quennville said. "Games 1 through 10 are going to be as meaningful as games 72 through 82."

The Avalanche are 3-0-0 at the Pepsi Center, where they've outscored opponents 15-6. Colorado is coming off a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Joe Sakic scored three goals for his 15th career hat trick, and Peter Budaj recorded 24 saves.

Sakic scored both of Colorado's third-period goals, and he opened the game with a tally at the 6:07 mark. The 38-year-old captain is one hat trick shy of Peter Stastny's franchise record.

"He had a great game tonight, and not just his production," Quennville said of Sakic. "I thought he had good energy, he played well all over the ice. It was his best game of the year."

Sakic has 614 career goals, 38 of which have come against Calgary - the most of any team he's faced. He had five goals and 20 points against the Flames last season and is two points shy of 100 against them lifetime.

The Avalanche took the final four meetings between the teams and three of the four games played at the Pepsi Center en route to winning the 2006-07 season series 5-3-0.

The Flames come to Denver after winning back-to-back games over the weekend, including a 7-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday, 7-4. Kristian Huselius scored two goals and Miikka Kiprusoff had 21 saves in Saturday's win as Calgary pulled away with a three-goal third period.

"Hockey is a game of momentum, and if you are not on top of your game each and every shift it can get away from you," said Flames coach Mike Keenan. "We got some opportunities in the third and we capitalized on them, then we learned something about defending a lead."

This is the final game of a four-game road trip for the Flames, who return home to play seven straight beginning Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings.

"It feels good as a team to put back-to-back wins together in two very tough places to play," said captain Jarome Iginla, who had a goal and an assist on Saturday. "If you look at the standings, we are not happy with where we are at, but it is something to build on."

24champ
10-16-2007, 07:19 PM
Just curious if Omaners are going to the Av vs Penguins game on NOV. 1?

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 09:49 PM
Just a crappy first period just crappy.....

SoCalBronco
10-16-2007, 09:54 PM
Just a crappy first period just crappy.....

You guys are getting alot of shots on net, just some mistakes in your own end.

SoCalBronco
10-16-2007, 09:56 PM
Just curious if Omaners are going to the Av vs Penguins game on NOV. 1?

You need to go to this game and support your real team.

:wiggle:

24champ
10-16-2007, 10:12 PM
You need to go to this game and support your real team.

:wiggle:

Only cuz half my fantasy roster consist of Penguins.Ha!

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 10:16 PM
4-1 and budaj is pulled for theo.......god save us.

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 10:31 PM
4-3 flames

24champ
10-16-2007, 10:35 PM
Cloutier to Colorado for Theodore (e4)

Whadya say Bronx?

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 10:35 PM
4-4

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 10:37 PM
Cloutier to Colorado for Theodore (e4)

Whadya say Bronx?



UMMMMMMMM no.... or maybe shyt about the same tenders i would say. LOL

24champ
10-16-2007, 10:41 PM
UMMMMMMMM no.... or maybe shyt about the same tenders i would say. LOL

Ha!

The Avalanche have been really impressive lately, making some noise early.

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 11:32 PM
End of regulation but the idiot known as mick magoo calls a penalty that didn't exist.

24champ
10-16-2007, 11:44 PM
Shoot-out

Wolski pulled a move that sent Kippy to Utah...

Kid A
10-16-2007, 11:46 PM
Nice comeback. Theo stepped up big, which was good to see.

24champ
10-16-2007, 11:47 PM
Avalanche win. Good comeback.

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 11:47 PM
Avs win in a shootout 5-4

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 11:48 PM
Nice comeback. Theo stepped up big, which was good to see.


Iam amazed how well he played tonight..

spdirty
10-16-2007, 11:48 PM
what a fun game. Great comeback guys.

Bronx33
10-16-2007, 11:53 PM
Theo stopped all the left handed shooters iggy being the only right hander scored...

Bronx33
10-17-2007, 05:14 PM
DENVER (AP) -Jose Theodore has gone from MVP to backup goalie.

On Tuesday night, he showed he still has what it takes to be a No. 1 netminder.

Theodore, who relieved Peter Budaj after Colorado fell behind by four goals, stopped all 17 shots he faced in regulation and overtime to lead the Avalanche to a 5-4 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames.

"When you get in, it's never easy, you're not as warmed up," said Theodore, who is 4-1 in shootouts in his career. "I was trying to keep it simple, give my team a chance to win, and they showed a lot of character coming back."

Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, then scored the decisive goal in the shootout.

Jarome Iginla, who had two goals and an assist, had Calgary's only goal in the shootout.

"We had them," Iginla said. "We had them on the ropes and took our foot off the pedal. We picked up our foot and let them back in the game."

The Flames went up 4-0 on Iginla's second goal of the game 2:50 into the second period. Iginla took a pass from Alex Tanguay, blew by defenseman Brett Clark and beat Budaj with a high shot. That ended Budaj's night and brought on Theodore, who was the NHL's MVP with Montreal in 2001-02.

"I wasn't blaming the goalie, but you're down 4-0, you want to do something to change the flow of the game," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "Down 4-0, it was an easy time to make a change."

And the Avalanche started their comeback with help from the Flames. Three of Colorado's four goals banked off Calgary players, starting after Marek Svatos deflected a pass from Smyth from the left circle 13 seconds after Iginla had made it 4-0.

Colorado made it 4-2 when Calgary defenseman Anders Eriksson kicked a rebound of a shot by Smyth past a sprawling Miikka Kiprusoff midway through the second period. Andrew Brunette's pass toward the net hit off defenseman Adrian Aucoin's skate and went in to make it 4-3 just 2:32 later.

Avalanche defenseman Kurt Sauer tied the game with 3:38 left in the second period with a shot from the point that was tipped by Eriksson.

"We let up and made some critical mistakes," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "The forwards turned the puck over three times in our end and they wound up in our net."

Midway through the third period, Colorado nearly took the lead on a 3-on-1 rush, but Kiprusoff made a great glove save on Ian Laperriere.

The Flames appeared to be in control with a 3-0 lead after the first period. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf made it 1-0 lead 6:54 into the game. Forty-eight seconds later, Marcus Nilson's backhander went off defenseman John-Michael Liles as he slid into Budaj, and the puck slipped between the goalie's leg pad and the post to make it 2-0.

Iginla made it 3-0 when Joe Sakic's lazy pass toward Scott Hannan drifted in front of the Colorado net. Iginla picked up the puck and beat Budaj with a wrist shot with 1:03 left in the first period.

"It's important that we play a full 60 minutes and we didn't do that today," said Smyth, who tied a franchise record with 11 shots on goal. "It wasn't what we had in mind, but we'll sure take it any way we can."

Kiprusoff made 31 saves.

Notes: Avalanche RW Milan Hejduk was scratched because of a sore back. The team said he is day to day. ... The Flames had lost four straight to Colorado. Their last victory over the Avalanche was a 5-2 win in Calgary on Feb. 17.

Paul Stastny was a superb 16-9 on faceoffs (64%)

Bronx33
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It is easy to be overshadowed on a team that has future Hall of Famer Joe Sakic still playing at a very high level. Overlooking Paul Stastny, however, is a mistake opposing teams can't afford.

Stastny looks to continue his stellar sophomore season Friday night as the Colorado Avalanche open a four-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Few players have been as impressive in the first three weeks of the season as Stastny, the 21-year-old center whose father, Peter, scored 450 goals in 16 NHL seasons with Quebec, New Jersey and St. Louis.

The younger Stastny finished with 28 goals and 50 assists in his rookie season, during which he recorded a point in an NHL rookie-record 20 consecutive games.

Stastny ranks among the league leaders with five goals, eight assists and 13 points in six games. He already has a hat trick, a five-point game and a three-assist game this season.

Three days after Sakic's hat trick lifted Colorado to a 5-1 win over Columbus, Stastny keyed a 5-4 shootout victory Tuesday over visiting Calgary as he set up three of the Avalanche's four second-period goals.

Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist before scoring the decisive goal in the shootout as the Avalanche (4-2-0) erased a four-goal deficit - their largest comeback win since rallying from five down in a 7-5 victory over Florida on March 3, 1999.

"It's important that we play a full 60 minutes and we didn't do that today," said Smyth, who tied a franchise record with 11 shots on goal. "It wasn't what we had in mind, but we'll sure take it any way we can."

Playing the biggest role in the win was goaltender Jose Theodore, who stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief of Peter Budaj.

"When you get in, it's never easy, you're not as warmed up," Theodore said. "I was trying to keep it simple, give my team a chance to win, and they showed a lot of character coming back."

It was the first win of the season for Theodore, who lost his only start - 4-1 at St. Louis last Friday.

Although Budaj is 3-1-0, he has been pulled in two of his five starts and his 3.40 goals-against average ranks near the bottom of the league. Budaj, however, is 3-0-1 with a 1.72 GAA in four career starts against Chicago.

Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk missed Tuesday's game with a sore back and is day-to-day.

The Blackhawks were unable to recover from a slow start Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to visiting St. Louis.

Faced with a 2-0 deficit less than seven minutes into the game, Chicago (3-3-0) managed only a power-play goal by Jason Williams with 6:20 left in the first period.

In each of the Blackhawks' three victories this season, they've rallied late.

"In this league, when you have a poor start, it's tough to come back every night," coach Denis Savard said. "There was effort and a lot of good things happened, but once you get down 2-nothing, it's tough to come back."

Generating offense remains a problem for the Blackhawks, who have scored a Western Conference-low 10 goals.

Rookie center Jonathan Toews has one point in all four games he's played this season and is tied for second on the team with four points.

These teams split four meetings in 2006-07 but the Avalanche are 11-3-1 with one tie in the series since the start of the 2002-03 season.

Bronx33
10-19-2007, 05:08 PM
Soooooo Budaj is 3-0-1 with a 1.72 GAA vs Chicago, and theo gets one win and gets tonights start? is Q going to rat**** the goaltenders again?

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Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said today that veteran Jose Theodore will start in goal for the Avalanche Friday night at Chicago.

Theodore, a former Hart Trophy winner who started the season as a backup to Peter Budaj, could reclaim the top job with a strong showing against the Blackhawks.

When asked about his goalie rotation for upcoming games, Quenneville said, "It's day-to-day right now, but Jose will start tomorrow."

Theodore relieved Budaj in the second period of Tuesday night's game against Calgary and stopped all 17 shots he faced to help the Avalanche recover from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in a shootout.

Bronx33
10-21-2007, 07:52 PM
Avs 0-0 after 1

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Bronx33
10-21-2007, 08:02 PM
1-0 wild

Bronx33
10-21-2007, 08:05 PM
2-0 on two PPs defense is asleep again..

Bronx33
10-21-2007, 08:21 PM
2-2

Bronx33
10-22-2007, 05:17 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Mikko Koivu just keeps getting better and the Minnesota Wild just keep on winning.

With overtime looming just more three minutes away, Koivu made an athletic move to get to the net and score the game winner to help the Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Sunday night.

"It happened so fast," Koivu said. "It's always tough for the goalie when it comes so quick, and that's what happened there. I don't know if he even knew that I got the puck."

With both teams stagnant in the final period, Koivu grabbed the puck out of the corner, started like he was going to carry it behind the net and then made a lightning quick move to the short side and simply bulled his way out in front.

He stuffed the puck past a surprised Peter Budaj with 3:04 to play, lifting the Wild to their seventh win in the first eight games. Minnesota is off to its best start (7-0-1) in franchise history and is the only team in the NHL that has yet to lose a game in regulation.

"It's good for the team and it's good for our self confidence for the rest of the year," Koivu said. "But still, it's just eight games."

Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves, and Mark Parrish and Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild.

Koivu, the younger brother of Montreal star Saku, has made steady progress since he was chosen by the Wild with the sixth overall pick in the 2001 draft.

His first two seasons with the Wild were solid, but he seems to have taken another step this season.

"He's the guy that has been playing great for us since the start," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Andrew Brunette and Tyler Arnason scored for the Avalanche, and Budaj made 29 saves.

The Colorado goaltender said he wasn't surprised when Koivu got to the crease, but "I was surprised it went in. He hit a five-hole."

Minnesota's struggling power-play unit, which entered the night converting a minuscule 6.9 percent of its chances, scored twice in the second, but Colorado bounced right back in an action-packed period.

After Parrish and Rolston scored power-play goals just over two minutes apart to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead, Colorado responded by finishing the frame strong.

Arnason got things going with a power-play goal and then Brunette scored on a tip in on the backdoor to tie the game.

But the Avalanche sorely missed Milan Hejduk, who was out with a back injury, and couldn't quite come up with enough in the end.

The Avs are looking to avoid another slow start, which doomed them last year. Colorado began last season 18-18-2, the kind of mediocrity that won't get it done in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Even a 15-2-2 finish to the season wasn't enough to dig the Avs out of that hole, and they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993-94, becoming the first team in NHL history to record at least 93 points and not qualify for the postseason.

They added Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan to give the team some much-needed toughness, but the results have been mixed early this season. They are 4-4 in their first eight games.

"We've got to get it to overtime," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We can't give up late goals like that or you end up with nothing. That's something we dealt with last year. We got better late in the year, but we can't wait to apply that lesson."

Notes: Wild forward Pavol Demitra had two assists, but did not play for the final 10 minutes of the third period because of an injury. Lemaire said he would be evaluated on Monday. ... It was the 500th game in franchise history for the Wild, who began play in 2000. With a total record of 215-194-90 record (.521), the Wild have the seventh-best win percentage of any active franchise after its first 500 games. ... It was a rough second period for Jordan Leopold, a former star defenseman at the University of Minnesota. Leopold took three penalties in the period, two of which led to Wild goals.

Bronx33
10-22-2007, 05:59 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has recalled defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland.

Prior to his recall, Cumiskey compiled two points (1g/1a) in five games with Lake Erie this season.

Drafted by the Avalanche in the seventh round (222nd overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft, Cumiskey, 20, recorded two points in nine games with the Avalanche last season

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Ryan Symth was brought to tears upon learning he had been traded from the only NHL team he had ever known. His return to Edmonton promises to be just as emotional.

Smyth makes his first appearance in Edmonton as a member of the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night when the Northwest Division rivals meet for the first time this season.

Smyth spent his first 12 seasons with the Oilers after they made the Alberta native the sixth overall pick in the 1994 draft. He had 265 goals and 549 points with Edmonton, helping the team get to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2005-06.

While always a productive and hard-working player, Smyth became one of the most popular players in team history as much for his devotion to the city off the ice. Playing for his native country in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, and in several World Championships, earned him the nickname "Captain Canada".

However, with free agency looming and unable to reach an agreement on a new contract with their star forward, the Oilers made the difficult decision to send Smyth to the New York Islanders at last season's trade deadline for two prospects and a 2007 first-round draft pick.

On Feb. 28, Smyth held an emotional news conference at the Edmonton International Airport.

"I never thought it would come to this day," Smyth said while choking back tears. "I've got to turn the page and start a new chapter in life. The New York Islanders have given me that opportunity and I thank them for this."

Smyth played 18 regular-season games for the Islanders and five more in their first-round loss to Buffalo. He signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Avalanche on July 1, meaning he will make four visits this season to Edmonton.

Smyth has three goals and three assists in his first eight games with Colorado.

Although they finished with an impressive 15-2-2 run last season, the Avalanche (4-4-0) missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993-94. They became the first team in league history to record at least 93 points and not qualify for the postseason.

Colorado was one of the few teams last season to play as well on the road as it did at home, finishing with 22 wins away from Denver, the fourth-highest total in the Western Conference.

This season, however, poor road play has been an issue for the Avalanche, one of three teams in the West without a road victory. They have been outscored 16-6 while going 2-for-18 on the power play in four road contests.

Peter Budaj was beaten by Mikko Koivu with 3:04 left in regulation Sunday, sending Colorado to a 3-2 loss at Minnesota.

"We've got to get it to overtime," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We can't give up late goals like that or you end up with nothing. That's something we dealt with last year. We got better late in the year, but we can't wait to apply that lesson."

Another area of concern for Quenneville is in net, where neither Budaj nor expensive backup Jose Theodore have played very well.

Budaj has three of the team's four wins but his 3.33 goals-against average ranks near the bottom of the league. Theodore, meanwhile, has allowed eight goals in his two starts and sports an ugly .879 save percentage.

Right wing Milan Hejduk - tied for second on Colorado with four goals - missed Sunday's game with a back injury and is day-to-day.

Avs captain Joe Sakic has a goal in three straight games against the Oilers (3-5-0), who have lost five of six since opening the season with wins over San Jose and Philadelphia.

Rookie Sam Gagner scored his first NHL goal but the Oilers gave up the game's final three scores Saturday in a 4-1 loss at Calgary.

"We played a decent second period and we started off in the first half of the third period very well too. Then we had a good opportunity on the power play and we made some idiotic decisions on our breakouts, bringing the puck out into traffic, totally out of synch," coach Craig MacTavish said.

Edmonton is one of the league's worst offensive teams with 18 goals in eight games, scoring once on 33 power-play chances. No other team has fewer than four power-play goals.

Dwayne Roloson has struggled lately against the Avalanche, going 2-4-0 with a 5.33 GAA in his last six starts.

The Avalanche went 4-3-1 against the Oilers last season, including 3-0-1 at Edmonton. Colorado has at least one point in eight of its last 10 visits (7-2-1) to Rexall Place.

Bronx33
10-24-2007, 04:18 PM
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Having Ryan Smyth in town might only have served to magnify the hole the Edmonton Oilers have since he left.

Tyler Arnason had a goal and assist, and the Colorado Avalanche made Smyth's return to Edmonton successful with a 4-2 victory over the Oilers on Tuesday night.

Jaroslav Hlinka, Wojtek Wolski and Brett Clark also scored for the Avalanche, who signed Smyth to a five-year, $31.25 million free-agent deal this summer.

Smyth had spent his entire 12-year career with Edmonton before leaving a trail of tears when the Oilers dealt him to the New York Islanders just before the March trade deadline. He didn't get on the score sheet, but left with a win.

"It was obviously very emotional," Smyth said. "It's quite an honor to come back to the city where you started your NHL career and be recognized like I was. The fans were great."

It was the first road victory in five tries this season for the Avalanche (5-4).

"We needed a win in the worst way," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "We were doing whatever we could to get a road win and probably played that simple, ugly hockey game with not a lot of chances either way."

Dustin Penner and Tom Gilbert scored for the Oilers (3-6), who have lost six of seven and are winless in five games against Northwest Division rivals.

"We need to win for sure against our division," forward Jarret Stoll said. "If you don't play well against your division you're not going to look that good at the end of the year. It's a very good and competitive division and we have to come out stronger and play better against those teams."

Although it was another setback, Oilers coach Craig MacTavish saw enough positive things to feel better about his team.

"As a coach you never want to get into the habit of rationalizing the losses," he said. "We certainly feel that if we executed and played the game for 60 minutes we would have got the win. So we're disappointed by the result. But I'm not unhappy with the way that we played."

Colorado took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Arnason stole the puck from defenseman Denis Grebeshkov and went in on a 2-on-1. He chose to shoot and sent a wrister into the top corner past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Oilers tied it a couple minutes later on an odd man break. Edmonton rookie Andrew Cogliano fed Penner for a quick shot that got by Peter Budaj.

The sold-out crowd was still cheering that goal when Colorado scored 23 seconds later as a point shot by Jean-Michael Liles bounced out to Hlinka, who notched his first NHL goal.

The Avalanche took a 3-1 lead with a late first-period goal by Wolski. He sneaked a puck under a sprawling Roloson, who was trying to cover up with the bottom of his pad.

The Oilers cut the deficit to a goal midway through the third as Sam Gagner fed a pass off of Penner's skate to a pinching Gilbert, who blasted the shot into the back of the net.

Clark scored an empty-netter with 18 seconds left to seal the win for Colorado.

"It was a big win," he said. "We needed it after a couple of games slipped away. We needed to get our confidence, get our first road win - and it was good to get the win for Smytty."

Notes: The Oilers honored a teary-eyed Smyth with a video presentation before the game. Smyth was given a standing ovation. ... The Oilers were without D Joni Pitkanen, out indefinitely with a knee injury sustained in Edmonton's previous game against Calgary. Pitkanen will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday. Edmonton was already without another key defenseman, Sheldon Souray, expected to miss three more weeks because of a separated shoulder. ... Joe Sakic notched a first-period assist and needs two points to become the eighth NHL player with 1,600.

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The Calgary Flames have been one of the league's best offensive teams this season. They should be even better once Alex Tanguay starts producing consistently.

The Flames continue a six-game homestand Friday night as they try to end a five-game losing streak to the Northwest Division rival Colorado Avalanche.

Tanguay scored the tying and go-ahead goals - his first two scores of the season - and the Flames rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Minnesota 5-3 on Wednesday.

Captain Jarome Iginla added a goal and two assists for Calgary (5-3-2), which came back from three goals down to win for the first time since Nov. 19, 1998.

Tanguay, in his second year with the Flames after six seasons in Colorado, wanted to atone for his turnover during a power play in Monday's 4-1 loss to San Jose.

"I wasn't happy about Monday, I gave (San Jose) a goal that shifted the game's momentum," Tanguay said. "Tonight, we were skating and (Iginla) and Daymond (Langkow) were playing great. When we're skating, we're first on the puck and with their skill level, it's easy to make plays."

Calgary is among the league leaders with 35 goals in 10 games despite none from Tanguay before Wednesday. He does, however, have nine assists, ranking second on the team behind Iginla (10).

"Hey, you are going to have slumps during the season. But mid-season or something. We're this far into the season and I still had the big zero on the scoresheet," Tanguay told the Flames' official Web site.

Tanguay, a five-time 20-goal scorer, has one goal and 11 assists in nine games against his former team.

Since starting the season with a three-game winless streak (0-2-1), the Flames are 5-1-1.

Leading the way is Iginla, who has six goals and eight assists during that span. Langkow has three goals and four assists during a four-game point streak and is among the NHL leaders with eight goals and 14 points.

Calgary was victimized by a big comeback in its first meeting this season against the Avalanche, wasting a four-goal lead in a 5-4 shootout loss at Colorado on Oct. 16. The point was the Flames' first in the last five games against the Avs.

Playing the biggest roles in Colorado's recent success against Calgary are center Paul Stastny and captain Joe Sakic. Stastny has five goals and five assists in the last five meetings while Sakic has three goals and eight assists.

Sakic has 38 goals and 98 points in 73 career games against the Flames - his highest totals versus any opponent.

After losses to Chicago and Minnesota, the Avalanche (5-4-0) beat the Oilers 4-2 on Tuesday for their first victory on a four-game road trip and their first win away from home this season.

"We needed a win in the worst way," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We were doing whatever we could to get a road win and probably played that simple, ugly hockey game with not a lot of chances either way."

Colorado won despite the absence of right wing Milan Hejduk, who has missed the last two games with a back injury. Getting Hejduk back would provide a boost for the Avalanche, especially considering he has five goals in his last six games against Calgary.

Quenneville Stares Down Milestone

Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville looks to accomplish a feat tonight that only 21 others in the history of the NHL have achieved. With a victory on Friday evening, Quenneville would become the 22nd head coach to reach the 400-win plateau, joining, among others, active bench bosses Mike Keenan, Jacques Martin, Ron Wilson, Jacques Lemaire, Marc Crawford and Ken Hitchcock.

Most Coaching Wins, NHL History

Scotty Bowman 1,244
Al Arbour 781
Dick Irvin 692
Pat Quinn 657
Bryan Murray 613
Mike Keenan 589 (active)
Billy Reay 542
Pat Burns 501
Toe Blake 500
Glen Sather 497
Jacques Martin 483 (active)
Ron Wilson 474 (active)
Jacques Lemaire 463 (active)
Roger Neilson 460
Brian Sutter 451
Marc Crawford 443 (active)
Ken Hitchcock 441 (active)
Jack Adams 413
Darryl Sutter 409
Jacques Demers 409
Punch Imlach 402
Joel Quenneville 399 (active)

Bronx33
10-27-2007, 02:29 PM
And yes theo kept the avs in this game...

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Credit this Avalanche win to Jose Theodore.

Ryan Smyth scored 23 seconds into overtime and Theodore made 39 saves to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Marek Svatos tied it at 2 with 4:15 left in regulation. Joe Sakic set up the winner and also scored for Colorado to reach the 1,600-point mark.

With the win, Colorado coach Joel Quenneville now has 400 career NHL victories.

"Well, we are very fortunate," Quenneville said. "It was one of those games where we were on our heels.

"It was a game we certainly didn't deserve to win but sometimes you get goaltending wins."

Alex Tanguay and Matthew Lombardi scored for Calgary, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 saves.

The Avalanche opened the scoring when Sakic converted a feed from Wojtek Wolski at 7:27 of the first period. A short time later, Tanguay got behind the Avalanche defense, but was thwarted by Theodore on a breakaway attempt.

"We feel very fortunate to get the two points and that's what great goaltending will do for you," Sakic said. "All the credit goes to Theo for keeping us in there and giving us a chance."

Tanguay scored on his next try, taking a pass from Daymond Langkow and snapping a quick shot to the top corner.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead in the second on Lombardi's goal. He stripped took the puck from Avs defenseman Jeff Finger before snapping a quick shot past Theodore.

Early in the third, the Flames had a great opportunity to pull ahead on an extended two-man advantage. Tanguay appeared to score his second of the game, with his shot squeaking through Theodore's pads and just across the goal line, but referee Michael McGeough immediately blew the whistle to signify he lost sight of the puck.

"I hope he'll admit his mistake because it was definitely a mistake," Tanguay said. "I made the pass to Langkow and he touched the puck.

"The puck, you can clearly see it on the replay, it never stopped moving, so there's no reason why the whistle should have been blown or at least why he didn't review it."

Just as a high-sticking penalty to Tanguay was about to expire, the Avs tied it when Svatos backhanded a rebound past Kiprusoff.

Notes: Sakic has 100 points against the Flames, 40 goals and 60 assists. ... Colorado coach Joel Quenneville reached 400 NHL victories and brunette scored his 500th goal. ... Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold will be sidelined for about two months by wrist surgery.

Bronx33
10-28-2007, 06:19 PM
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DENVER (AP) -Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist and Joe Sakic added two assists Sunday, leading the Colorado Avalanche past the Minnesota Wild 3-1.

The Wild are 0-2-1 since starting the season 7-0-1. The Avalanche improved to 5-0-0 at home.

Peter Budaj had 29 saves for the Avalanche. Minnesota rookie Josh Harding, starting consecutive games for the first time, made 19 saves. He replaced Niklas Backstrom, who had a groin injury. Minnesota forwards Pavol Demitra and Marian Gabork also sat out with groin injuries.

Colorado outshot the Wild 14-5 in the second period and broke through at 15:30. Sakic corralled the puck behind the Minnesota net and passed to the left side of the goal. Svatos skated across the front of the net and slid a backhander past Harding for his fifth goal of the season.

The Wild nearly tied it with 2:58 left in the game. Petteri Nummelin skated around the back of the net with the puck and tried to put a shot into the top of the net. Budaj reached with his glove and made the save.

Wojtek Wolski got an insurance goal with 37 seconds left when Paul Stastny fed him in the slot and he beat Harding with a one-timer.

The Avalanche got on the board first when Smyth worked a give-and-go with Sakic and beat Harding with a one-timer at the 8:29 mark of the opening period.

Minnesota tied it on a power play when Bouchard's pass from the corner found Eric Belanger between the circles, and Belanger wristed a shot past Budaj with 4:18 left in the first period.

Notes: Backstrom and Gaborik injured their groins during practice Saturday. Demitra was hurt in Minnesota's win over Colorado on Oct. 21. ... Svatos and Smyth tied Sakic and Stastny for the Avalanche team lead in goals. ... Colorado forward Milan Hejduk missed his fourth straight game with a back injury. ... Sunday's game time was moved from 6 p.m. MDT to 1 p.m. to avoid a conflict with Game 4 of the World Series, which was played at Coors Field in Denver.

Bronx33
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On Tuesday night, hockey fans in Minnesota saw how Sidney Crosby appeared to score at will. Fans in Colorado will get their first live look at the reigning NHL MVP next.

Coming off his best offensive game this season, Crosby will try to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to their fourth straight road win when they meet the streaking Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Playing his first game as a pro in Minnesota on Tuesday night, Crosby had a goal and three assists for a season high four points in the Penguins' 4-2 win over the Wild. It was the eighth career four-point game for Crosby, who scored 72 goals in 57 games in 2002-03 as a prep school star at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn.

"It's fun to be able to come here and play," Crosby said. "No matter how the night ended up, it's just nice because I was here before, watching games and dreamed of one day playing in the NHL and playing here. It's really a bonus to come out of here with a win."

After being held without a point in a season-opening loss to Carolina on Oct. 5, Crosby has had at least one in all 10 games since then, totaling five goals and 12 assists. He's tied with Calgary's Daymond Langkow for fifth in league in scoring, five points behind league-leading Henrik Zetterberg of Detroit.

Crosby has faced Colorado once in his career, posting an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 home win on Dec, 10, 2005.

Evgeni Malkin scored twice in the win over the Wild, and has three goals and six assists in a four-game points streak. Malkin, the 2006-07 Calder Trophy winner, is one point behind Crosby for the team lead.

With his two goals, Malkin now has 101 career points in just 89 games. The only active player to reach 100 points quicker was Washington's Alex Ovechkin, who needed just 77 games in 2005-06.

Dany Sabourin got the start in goal ahead for the Penguins (6-4-1) ahead of Marc-Andre Fleury, and improved to 2-0-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average. If Sabourin starts against the Avalanche, it would mark the first time this season he will start two straight games.

Fleury is 0-1-0 with a 5.99 GAA in his last two starts.

Colorado (7-4-0) won its third in a row overall and remained unbeaten at home following a 3-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. Ryan Smyth had a goal and assist and Joe Sakic added two assists for the Avalanche, who improved to 5-0-0 at the Pepsi Center for the first time since moving from Quebec in 1995.

"Certain things were pointed out going into the season, and winning at home and playing well at home was important," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said.

Smyth, a key free-agent acquisition in the offseason, has been a driving force behind Colorado's unprecedented home start, tallying three goals and four assists in his last four games there.

Sakic, who has a goal and four assists in a five-game run overall, has fared well on home ice against the Penguins. In 16 games dating back to December 1989, Sakic has a point in all but one with 14 goals and 18 assists.

Since Oct. 10, 1993, Sakic has points in 11 straight home games against Pittsburgh. He has 12 goals and 13 assists over that stretch with Colorado going 7-2-0 with two ties.

Bronx33
11-01-2007, 11:28 PM
3-2 avs win!

Kid A
11-02-2007, 11:26 PM
what? the Avs actually playing well early in a season!? 6-0 at the Pepsi Center, no less. Hopefully they can continue to reverse the recent trend of sucking at home.

Anyone have thoughts on the whole Budaj-Theodore rotation? I guess it's working pretty well right now, so I can't gripe. I just wonder what you do once you get to the postseason. Of course that would be a nice dilemma to have if we head into the playoffs with two good goaltenders.

Bronx33
11-02-2007, 11:46 PM
what? the Avs actually playing well early in a season!? 6-0 at the Pepsi Center, no less. Hopefully they can continue to reverse the recent trend of sucking at home.

Anyone have thoughts on the whole Budaj-Theodore rotation? I guess it's working pretty well right now, so I can't gripe. I just wonder what you do once you get to the postseason. Of course that would be a nice dilemma to have if we head into the playoffs with two good goaltenders.


The team needs a true #1 goaltender i hate musical goalies (it rarely works if the D is playing like shyt the goalies can't get into a groove and when they slide to the side slightly Q yanks em. (how is that a motivator?) The most important part to this puzzle is having a consistant D playing in front of your tender it really take alot of pressure off budaj and theo both of which are not great goalies.

Bronx33
11-03-2007, 02:59 PM
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The Avalanche are making Colorado one of the worst places to play for visiting teams.

They'll try to set a franchise record with their seventh straight home win to start a season when they meet the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

The Avalanche (8-4-0) beat Pittsburgh 3-2 on Thursday, matching the best home start in franchise history. The team also won six straight on its own ice to begin the 1994-95 season when it was still in Quebec.

"I guess records are always there as a mark to shoot for," defenseman Kurt Sauer told the Avalanche's official Web site. "The big thing is getting that confidence at home. It's always good to come into your own barn feeling good and to be able to come out with a win."

Colorado has scored at least three goals in each of its home games while outscoring opponents 25-13. Saturday's game will be the third on a five-game homestand.

The Avalanche join Philadelphia (4-0) as the only teams which have yet to lose at home.

"There's no question it's an unbelievable start," said Colorado's Ryan Smyth, who had an assist in his 800th game Thursday. "But sometimes it's not how you start, but how you finish.

"We'll feed off the wins we've got here at home and let people know around the league that it's a tough place to come play."

Wotjek Wolski scored against the Penguins and has a career-best eight-game point streak. Fellow forward Joe Sakic extended his point streak to six games with an assist.

The Avalanche have won four straight overall and play 10 of their next 11 against Northwest Division opponents. They have won six of their last eight home games against Vancouver (5-8-0), which is opening a stretch of eight straight games against division foes.

The Canucks have only one win at home this season but are 4-2-0 on the road. They have dropped six of eight overall and are coming off Thursday's 3-0 loss to Nashville - their first shutout defeat of the season.

"You've just got to battle through these things," goalie Roberto Luongo told the Canucks' official Web site. "When things aren't going your way, you just have to work harder during practice and make sure it carries over going into the games.

"Right now we're facing some adversity, but we've got to regroup as a team and come back the next game."

The loss was especially costly for Vancouver, as defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo were both injured.

Bieksa will miss up to eight weeks after sustaining a deep cut on his right calf from the skate of Nashville's Vernon Fiddler. Salo, playing only his fourth game after returning to the lineup from a wrist injury, was hit in the face by a shot from teammate Alex Edler, and it is unclear when he will be able to return.

The Canucks, who also are without defenseman Lukas Krajicek for four weeks because of a broken foot, called up Luc Bourdon from the AHL's Manitoba Moose to fill in on the blue line.

"We're going to play our way through this - that's all we can do right now," coach Alain Vigneault said.


Quick Hits

* The Avalanche won the faceoff battle for the 2nd straight game!
* The Avs are currently at a pace to reach 109 points
* Colorado’s 4th line had 5 points (1g, 4a), 7 of the team’s 11 hits, and 2 blocked shots.

Bronx33
11-04-2007, 10:36 AM
No comeback this time...

DENVER (AP) -Daniel Sedin could have talked about his offensive contributions. He preferred to talk about how the Vancouver Canucks' team defense cooled off the Colorado Avalanche.

"We had a solid game offensively, but also defensively," Daniel Sedin said. "When you play good defense that opens it up for the offense."

Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist, Brendan Morrison had a goal and the Canucks dealt the Avalanche their first home loss with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

Ryan Kesler added a goal and Henrik Sedin had three assists for Vancouver, losers of six of its previous eight games. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

"We're a good team, and we came in here and beat a team that is tough at home," Luongo said. "It's a big confidence builder for us. We have a lot of divisional games this month, and we have to get as many games as we can."

The Avalanche had matched a franchise record by opening the season with six home wins. The team had won six straight at home to start the 1994-95 season while in Quebec.

Philadelphia (4-0) is now the only team without a loss at home.

"Our team really battled hard tonight," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "I really liked our overall competitiveness."

Marek Svatos scored twice and Jeff Finger had a short-handed goal for the Avalanche, who had won four straight overall.

Peter Budaj stopped 18 shots and lost for the first time in three starts.

Vancouver led 1-0 after one period, taking advantage of an unforced turnover by Avalanche defenseman Kurt Sauer. Sauer put the puck right onto Markus Naslund's stick in the right circle. Naslund's pass to Henrik Sedin was nudged to Daniel Sedin, who sent a wrister past Budaj with 9:40 left.

The Canucks killed two penalties in the period. Luongo denied Paul Stastny's one-timer from the slot and a deflected shot by Ryan Smyth from behind the net.

Colorado tied it at 1 on Finger's short-handed goal with 8:06 left in the second period. Wyatt Smith passed the puck from the side boards to Finger, who sent a backhander underneath Luongo's stick.

"Smith made a great pass," Finger said. "I wouldn't say the shot was lucky, but I was fortunate to have it go in."

Vancouver regained the lead, 2-1, on a power-play goal by Morrison with 4:06 remaining in the second. Henrik Sedin found Morrison in front of the net, behind an Avalanche defenseman.

Kesler made it a two-goal lead 1:16 into the third period. Budaj stopped Taylor Pyatt, but the Kesler punched back the rebound.

Svatos brought Colorado within 3-2 with a power play goal at 5:06.

Daniel Sedin sealed the win with his second goal of the night with 6:35 left. The Canucks were skating on a two-man advantage.

"Naslund made a good play to get it to Henrik, and he got it to me and I had an open net on my first goal," Daniel Sedin said. "The second one was five-on-three so it wasn't much to it."

Vancouver was 2-for-6 on the power play for the game.

Svatos made it 4-3 after Colorado had pulled Budaj with 1:15 left in the game.

"We had too many penalties, but that wasn't our only problem," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We put the puck on sticks in dangerous areas and paid for it."

Notes: Morrison played in his 526th consecutive game, the longest current active streak. ... Luongo was shaken up briefly late in the first period when Smyth ran over him backwards over the goal line. ... Budaj appeared in his 100th game.

Mogulseeker
11-06-2007, 11:49 PM
It's amazing how Theo is coming back... if he continues like this, do we resign him with a more reasonable 1a or 1b Goalie salary? Will he take it?

I was pissed when we gave up Aebi for Theo, but I dont think anyone wants to see Theo succeed like I do.

Mogulseeker
11-06-2007, 11:52 PM
Oh by the way.... perhaps it's just sentiment, but -


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(NOV 5th)

Shortly after breaking the bank to sign Dany Heatley, the Ottawa Senators last week signed Jason Spezza to a seven-year, $49 million contract. With a cap hit of $7 million, then, don’t look for the Senators to be high on the list of Peter Forsberg suitors. If and when the Forsberg bidding begins in a couple of weeks, look for the Flyers, Avalanche and Red Wings to at least initially be the three most serious teams involved


And that was after this article on Canadian sports net - -

If Peter Forsberg decides to play again in the NHL, it will only be for a Stanley Cup contender. Which means the Ottawa Senators might be in line for another Swedish scorer.

A pair of NHL sources told the Toronto Sun that Ottawa and Colorado Avalanche are the only two teams on Forsberg's list. A decision from the star is expected by the middle of November.

Forsberg has a history in Colorado, winning Cups as a member of the Avalanche in both 1995/96 and 2000/01.

Bronx33
11-07-2007, 04:03 PM
Oh by the way.... perhaps it's just sentiment, but -


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(NOV 5th)

Shortly after breaking the bank to sign Dany Heatley, the Ottawa Senators last week signed Jason Spezza to a seven-year, $49 million contract. With a cap hit of $7 million, then, don’t look for the Senators to be high on the list of Peter Forsberg suitors. If and when the Forsberg bidding begins in a couple of weeks, look for the Flyers, Avalanche and Red Wings to at least initially be the three most serious teams involved


And that was after this article on Canadian sports net - -

If Peter Forsberg decides to play again in the NHL, it will only be for a Stanley Cup contender. Which means the Ottawa Senators might be in line for another Swedish scorer.

A pair of NHL sources told the Toronto Sun that Ottawa and Colorado Avalanche are the only two teams on Forsberg's list. A decision from the star is expected by the middle of November.

Forsberg has a history in Colorado, winning Cups as a member of the Avalanche in both 1995/96 and 2000/01.



Injury forces Forsberg to leave Swedish national team

Who knows what's hes worth and how long he would last...



TORONTO - Hockey star Peter Forsberg left the Swedish national team Monday after suffering a setback with his troublesome right foot during practice, a source told The Canadian Press.

Forsberg, a free agent, has been trying to test out his foot to determine whether or not he'll be able to make a return to the NHL. He planned to represent Sweden at the Nov. 8-11 Karjala Cup in Helsinki but had to pull himself out of Monday's skate.

The 34-year-old's future is now murkier than ever as this latest withdrawal raises doubts on whether his surgically repaired ankles can handle the workload of a 12th NHL season.

Forsberg had practised with Modo in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik for the last few weeks before joining the national team. He's expected to revisit his doctors in North America before deciding on a next step.

Forsberg earned US$5.75 million with Philadelphia and Nashville last season, when he collected 55 points (13-42) in 57 games.

Injuries have plagued him in recent years and he hasn't played more than 60 games in a season since suiting up for 75 contests in 2002-03 with the Colorado Avalanche, when he scored 29 goals with 77 assists.

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Bronx33
11-07-2007, 04:19 PM
send him to minors in Lake Erie



DENVER (AP) -Colorado forward Brad Richardson, sidelined by an offseason wrist injury, was cleared to play Wednesday and reassigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate.

He'll play for the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland.

Richardson, who was injured during offseason workouts before training camp, posted career highs in games played (73), goals (14) and points (22) last season with the Avalanche. Richardson had three shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals last season.

Bronx33
11-07-2007, 04:22 PM
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With a formidable top line carrying them offensively, the Colorado Avalanche are making a run at the top spot in the Northwest Division.

The Avalanche look to continue their roll when they host the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Behind the forward unit of Paul Stastny, Wojtek Wolski and Milan Hejduk, Colorado (9-5-0) won for the fifth time in six games Monday, 4-1 over Calgary. The offense came almost exclusively from the Avs' top line, as Stastny scored two goals, Wolski added a goal and two assists and Hejduk had three assists. The trio was plus-9 in addition to totaling eight points.

"We're clicking right now," Wolski said. "The effort is there and good chances come from good effort. We work well together, too. This isn't something that happened overnight. It took time."

The three players have helped power Colorado during its six-game surge, with Wolski recording four goals and three assists and Stastny adding two goals and three assists over that span. Hejduk, who missed five games in October due to a back problem, recorded his first points Monday since a two-goal, one-assist performance in a win over Columbus on Oct. 13.

"We are comfortable with each other," said Stastny, who had his first multigoal game since his hat trick opening night. "We played together all last year. We have developed a comfort level."

Colorado captain Joe Sakic extended his point streak to eight games with an assist. The 38-year-old center has a goal and 10 assists during the streak, giving him five goals and 11 assists on the season.

Coach Joel Quenneville's team also got a goal from Andrew Brunette as it pulled to within two points of first-place Minnesota.

"I thought our game was very strong," Quenneville said. "We got something from all the lines."

While Colorado has found its game, Edmonton (5-10-0) is languishing in last place in the Northwest. The Oilers lost for the third straight time Monday, 5-2 to the Wild.

Edmonton gave up four power-play goals and went 1-for-6 with the man advantage, falling to a league-worst 4-for-60 this season. The Oilers have a league-low 10 points in 15 games.

"We're a close-knit team, and we're going to stay positive," said center Shawn Horcoff, who scored in the second period. "We've got a lot of injuries, but we're not making any excuses when it comes to losing games here. We're going to let go of this one and work hard tomorrow."

Edmonton is suffering from the absence of several injured veteran defensemen including All-Star Sheldon Souray, forcing blueliners like Denis Grebeshkov, Dick Tarnstrom and Tom Gilbert into significant time on the penalty kill.

"You can commend the effort and intensity, but you've got to play this game with your head or else you're going to get picked apart. We were moving around the ice like chickens with our heads cut off," coach Craig MacTavish said.

The Avalanche are 5-1-1 in their last seven meetings with the Oilers, although they've dropped four of the last five matchups at the Pepsi Center.

Bronx33
11-08-2007, 06:17 PM
Another come from behind win for the Avs!

DENVER - Ian Laperriere won't win any beauty pageants.

Neither will his goals. Laperriere scored two goals and assisted on another as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night. Wojtek Wolski and Marek Svatos scored shootout goals and the Avalanche won for the sixth time in seven games.

There's nothing complicated about Laperriere's game - crash the net, find the puck, knock it in. He'll do whatever it takes to score.

That's evident by his face. His nose is bent to the right, he's got stitches over his left eye and bruises on his left cheek bone. He'll sacrifice his body for the good of the team.

"I'm not a goal scorer but I know I can help the team in that regard," Laperriere said. "I was at the right place at the right time."

That always seems to be the case when he's playing Edmonton. Laperriere's last two-goal game came last March against the Oilers.

"Laperriere scores against us all the time," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Junkyard goals."

Ryan Smyth played against his former team for the second time this season. His wrist shot in the shootout was stuffed by Roloson. He logged 20 minutes, 32 seconds of ice time and took three shots.

Smyth played parts of 12 seasons with Edmonton, appearing in 770 regular season games. It's the fifth most in franchise history.

Budaj finished the game with 30 saves, but came up big in the shootout, turning back Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky and Marty Reasoner.

"They have good shooters," Budaj said. "But the guys came through. It was a big win."

The Oilers remain winless in their last four games. Yet the Edmonton players took solace in the effort after losing 5-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

"We came out and showed that we cared, showed that we have respect for the organization," Jarret Stoll said. "We weren't happy with our last outing. We played really hard and battled in every area. They are a good hockey team."

Dwayne Roloson feels like an unlucky goalie right now. Roloson gave up three goals on eight first-period shots against the Wild, before being yanked.

He bounced back with 35 saves against Colorado, but couldn't preserve a 3-2 lead. Laperriere scored his second goal of the game 2:20 into the third period to tie the game at 3.

"I didn't have any luck tonight," Roloson said.

The Oilers scored three times in the first period on goals from Kyle Brodziak, Tom Gilbert and Hemsky. It was a change of pace as Edmonton had been held scoreless in the opening period of its last three games.

"Way more positives than negatives," Stoll said.

Although the Oilers stopped Colorado's red-hot second line, the Avalanche's checking line of Laperriere, Ben Guite and Tyler Arnason picked up the slack. Arnason had a goal and an assist and Guite chipped in an assist.

"I think they were very good," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said.

Colorado is now 8-1 at home this season, matching Ottawa for the best home record in the NHL.

"We found a way to win and that's all that matters right now," Laperriere said.

A win doesn't always have to be pretty, kind of like Laperriere's goals.

"Nothing complicated from my game," Laperriere said with a grin.

Notes: Avalanche F Joe Sakic's eight-game assist and point streak was halted. Sakic's shot in the shootout clanged off the crossbar. ... Wolski played in his 100th game Wednesday night. ... The Oilers entered the game last in the league in power-play goals. They're 5-for-64 this season. ... It was Edmonton's first loss in a shootout this season. The team is now 3-1. ... The Avalanche now have an all-time record of 10-10 in shootouts.

Mogulseeker
11-09-2007, 11:00 AM
I'm pretty excited about the Avs this year. After perhaps the most dissappointing season they've ever had (up there with 03-04), they look pretty good this year. Theo is looking a lot better this year too.

I'm only worried about holding on to our young crop, who look to be very good for a long time. I'm talking about Stasny, Wolski, Liles, and Svatos.

Leopold is worthless (imagine if we never traded Tanguay for him).

All this amidst the possibility - if only ever so slight - that Forsberg might return this year.

If, hypothetically, Forsberg does return this year, I say give him what he wants. Even if he turns out to be a washed up 2nd or 3rd liner, it would be worth it having him on the team based on his history, leadership, and grit. I still think he's one of the best defensive fowards, and his offensive skill are still very good (55 points in 57 games last year).

send him to minors in Lake Erie



DENVER (AP) -Colorado forward Brad Richardson, sidelined by an offseason wrist injury, was cleared to play Wednesday and reassigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate.

He'll play for the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland.

Richardson, who was injured during offseason workouts before training camp, posted career highs in games played (73), goals (14) and points (22) last season with the Avalanche. Richardson had three shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals last season.

Hell no.

Richardson was a great 3rd line guy for us last year. He brings energy, and decent talent for his role. He's at least better suited for the Avs than Wyatt Smith, Hlinka, or even Guite - he's younger too.

Bronx33
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Having the Western Conference's best home record has helped the Colorado Avalanche move into a tie atop the Northwest Division. Better efforts on the road should help keep them there.

On Friday night, the Avalanche will try for their third straight road win and move into sole possession of the division lead as they meet the Vancouver Canucks, who are trying to avoid their first five-game losing streak at GM Place in nearly two years.

While the Avalanche are 8-1-0 at home, their play away from the Pepsi Center has improved recently after a rough start. Colorado scored only six goals while losing its first four road games, but have since notched a total of seven in wins at Edmonton and Calgary.

And in spite of their inconsistent play on the road, Colorado has 20 points to tie Minnesota for the Northwest lead. The Wild are idle on Friday.

This contest also is the start of a tough two-week stretch for Colorado (10-5-0), which will play five of its next six on the road, including three in row at Minnesota, Calgary and Edmonton starting on Nov. 16.

The Avalanche wrapped up a four-game homestand on Wednesday with a 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton. Ian Laperriere scored twice in regulation before Wojtek Wolski and Marek Svatos scored in the shootout.

"Tonight, I was in the right place at the right time," Laperriere said. "I'm not a goal scorer, but I know I can help my team in that regard."

Colorado's lone home loss this season came Saturday when Vancouver (7-8-0) came away with a 4-3 win. Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist while twin brother Henrik added three assists.

Svatos scored twice for Colorado, and Joe Sakic added an assist. Sakic, the Avalanche's longtime captain and all-time scoring leader, has 15 goals and and 33 assists in 34 games there.

The Canucks, who haven't lost five straight at home since Dec. 17-26, 2005, return there after a 3-2 win over Calgary on Thursday. Roberto Luongo, who's struggled after a career-best 47-win season in 2006-07 to the lead Vancouver to the Northwest title, made 22 of his 36 saves in the final period.

"We won two big games on the road in two hard buildings to win in," said Luongo, who also may have made Canucks fans nervous when he allowed goals 33 seconds apart to Anders Eriksson and Owen Nolan midway through the third period.

Last season, Luongo did not lose more than three straight at home en route to a 26-11-4 record with a 2.35 goals-against average. He comes into this contest having lost his last four home starts and is 1-6-0 with a 3.37 GAA at GM Place.

Luongo has surrendered at least three goals in all his home losses, and he's given up seven goals while losing his last two home starts against the Avalanche.

Brendan Morrison, former Flame Byron Ritchie and Alex Burrows scored in a 5:42 span of the second period on Wednesday as Vancouver won for the fifth time in seven road games.


And, in goal tonight ...


oel Quenneville knows there are critics. He knows some say he has gone mad the way he uses - and according to his critics, abuses - his goalies.

But the Avalanche coach has a method to his madness, one he hopes will have a huge payoff for his team in the end. While most NHL teams today are content with having a No. 1 goalie who sees the vast majority of game action, Quenneville is rolling the dice that his team can have two No. 1s. And, that the goalies, Peter Budaj and Jose Theodore, will embrace the "share and share alike" philosophy, without ego issues or petty jealousies that have surfaced in some past goalie rotations.

For Quenneville and the Avs, it's a case of so far, so good. Colorado takes a 10-5 record
Colorado Avalanche

into tonight's game at Vancouver, with Budaj having six of the wins to the four for Theodore, tonight's starter. The two have alternated starts the past six games and, while Quenne- ville said the rotation might not stay equal for various reasons, he sees no reason to change things now.

"I just think both guys are playing pretty well, and keep 'em both playing," Quenneville said. "I think it's competitive among the two of them. I think it's healthy, but I think there's a genuine sincerity that the other guy does well. Both guys had an opportunity to get the net at the start of the year, and they're both doing what we were hoping they'd do."

Pure goalie rotations aren't as prevalent in the NHL as they used to be. Some teams used to carry three goalies on a roster, with all three seeing action on a consistent basis. Now, teams rarely carry more than two, and their designations usually are clear: the No. 1 and his backup.

Goalie clashes

When the designations aren't clear, there can be problems, similar to some starting quarterback feuds in the NFL. Ed Belfour and Jeff Hackett, now the Avalanche's goalie coach, clashed in Chicago in the 1996-97 season over playing time. Former Avs
Jose Theodore | Games: 6 ... Record: 4-2-0 ... GAA: 2.28 ... Save %: .918 (Getty | Doug Pensinger)
goalie Patrick Roy never liked sharing playing duties, and his relationship with Brian Hayward on the Montreal Canadiens in the 1980s was stormy when Hayward's playing time increased. In 1986-87, Hayward's save percentage and goals-against average were better than Roy's, and he played 37 games.

"I think Pat was always a little bit frustrated at me playing so much," Hayward said. "I remember he and I discussing it, and him saying, 'I just can't play, if we have four games in a week, I can't play two of them. I need to play three or four.' And I would just kind of say, 'Well, then, you go out and outplay me because I'm going to go out there and try to outplay you.' That's just the way it was. Very competitive."

But there do not seem to be any jealousy issues between Budaj and Theodore. The two appear to enjoy each other's company and often can be seen talking about games at their conclusion.

Budaj, in his third year in the league, credits Theodore, the former Hart Trophy winner, for much of their harmony.

"I've tried to be good to Jose, and Jose has been nothing but great to me," Budaj said. "We talk about stuff, and he helps me out. It's awesome to have a relationship like that. I think it's much better to play on a team where the other goalie is your friend. Otherwise, it wouldn't be fun. There would be more pressure, and it wouldn't be a good atmosphere in the dressing room."

Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman believes an equal goalie rotation can work well. It did for him as coach of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980s. In 1979-80, Bob Sauve and Don Edwards split the goalie duties fairly equally, and they combined for the fewest goals allowed in the league. The next season, they played close to an equal amount as well.

"They were both playing pretty well, and I had just got there and didn't know much about them," Bowman said. "We just went with the both of them. We couldn't distinguish one from the other too well."

A goalie that plays only a handful of games per season has what Bowman calls "the toughest job in the league."

"You practice all the time, but when you go in they want you to be in game shape. It's tough," Bowman
Peter Budaj | Games: 10 ... Record: 6-3-0 ... GAA: 2.95 ... Save %: .894 (NHLI | Michael Martin)
said.

Bowman's guess is that one of the two Avs goalies will eventually "grab the job," and Quenneville indicated that may happen. But if both continue to play well, who knows?

"It's early in the year, and I'm not saying that's how it's going to be all year," Quenneville said. "It's not etched in stone that it's going to happen. But we'll just see how it progresses."

Theodore credits his goalie coach, Hackett, for helping him learn how to co-exist in harmony with a fellow goalie. The two shared much of the goaltending duties for Montreal in the late 1990s.

"Hack was always great to me. He was the veteran and I was the younger guy, but he really made me feel comfortable and was always a friend," Theodore said. "And it's great still having him around to talk to. He's a great guy to learn from."

Winning helps rotation

Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr says for any goalie rotation to work, both have to be playing fairly well and feel good about their own play, along with the team's. That was never a problem with him on the great Edmonton teams of the 1980s, when he split the goalie duties fairly evenly with Andy Moog.

"We just wanted to win, bottom line, so we were happy for each other, because we won a lot," Fuhr said, laughing. "We certainly didn't lack for goal support. But at the same time, yeah, it was a little competitive, too, but in a good way. If you're happy not playing, you shouldn't be in the league. But when everybody's winning and doing well, everybody's happy."

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

A fab five rotation

The Avalanche has rotated goalies Peter Budaj and Jose Theodore, with both having solid starts while helping the team to a 10-5 record. Budaj has won six games, and Theodore has won four. Here's a look at successful NHL goalie rotations from the past:

1968-69 St. Louis Blues

Jacques Plante: GP 37, 18-12-6

Glenn Hall: GP 41, 19-12-8

1979-80 Buffalo Sabres

Bob Sauve: GP 32, 20-8-4

Don Edwards: GP 49, 27-9-12

1980-81 New York Islanders

Billy Smith: GP 41, 22-10-8

Chico Resch: GP 32, 18-7-5

1985-86 Edmonton Oilers

Grant Fuhr: GP 40, 29-8-0

Andy Moog: GP 47, 27-9-7

2003-04 Minnesota Wild

Dwayne Roloson: GP 48, 19-18-11

Manny Fernandez: GP 37, 11-14-9

Hot Jose

Jose Theodore, who will start in goal for the Avalanche tonight, has won his past three starts. That matches the longest regular-season win streak of his Colorado career. Here is Theodore's previous best stretch with the Avs:

Oct. 29, 2006 vs. Minnesota

4-1 win, 21 shots, 20 saves.

Nov. 1, 2006 at Columbus

5-3 win, 44 shots, 41 saves

Nov. 4, 2006 vs. Vancouver

3-2 win, 38 shots, 36 saves

Theodore had one other three-game win streak in Games 1-3 of the 2006 Western Conference quarterfinals vs. Dallas.

COLORADO AT VANCOUVER

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Spotlight on Markus Naslund: A three-time 40-goal scorer, Naslund is off to a decent start with 11 points in 14 games.

But there appears little question that his career is on the decline. He scored 60 points in 82 games last season, considered a big disappointment. His pure goal-scoring ability isn't what it used to be.

NOTEBOOK

Avalanche: The Avs on Thursday acquired goalie Jason Bacashihua from the St. Louis Blues for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2008. Bacashihua has played four games with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League this season. He has played 38 career NHL games with St. Louis, compiling a 7-17-4 record. He was assigned by the Avs to Lake Erie of the AHL. ... The Avs suffered their only home loss of the season to Vancouver on Saturday. ... Jose Theodore will get the start in goal for Colorado.

Canucks: The Canucks played at Calgary on Thursday night, their first game since Saturday's win in Denver. After tonight's game, the Canucks won't play again until Wednesday. "I wouldn't say it bothers us, but as a goalie, personally, I would prefer to play every couple of days just to stay in that rhythm," goalie Roberto Luongo told the Vancouver Sun. "But at the same time, it's good in a way, so you can get some good work done in practice and work on some stuff that needs to be improved. You can look at it either way."

Bronx33
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Henrik Sedin wasn't worried how his goals looked, as long as they counted. Probably only one of them should have.

Sedin scored his first goal on a controversial high stick early in the second period, and added his second of the game 1:22 in overtime, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Sedin was attempting to hit twin brother Daniel Sedin with a backdoor pass, but the puck deflected off defenseman Kurt Sauer and past a helpless Jose Theodore.

"Most of them are ugly, I don't think I've scored from further out that 10 feet," said Henrik. "The second one was supposed to be a pass."

The first one looked more like a bunt, with Henrik knocking a rebound out of the air with Theodore still prone along the ice. It came not long after Daniel Sedin jammed in a loose puck just as Theodore was covering it with his glove. The referee indicated he'd already blown the whistle.

"That's a borderline call, just like the second one was," Henrik said. "We could have had none of the two so I'm happy with one."

The Avalanche didn't think they should have had either.

"It was clearly a mistake," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said.

Sedin's stick appeared to be just above the cross bar when it made contact with the puck, but it was signaled a goal on the ice and a lengthy video review failed to produce an angle conclusive enough to overturn the call.

"It started above the cross bar but I think when I touched the puck it might have been level with the cross bar," Henrik said sheepishly. "I ll take it."

Roberto Luongo made 24 saves as Vancouver won its third straight game - and just its second in eight home games - to get back to .500 (8-8-0).

The three-game win streak started after the Canucks lost top-4 defensemen Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa to serious injuries in a bad loss to Nashville. Vancouver has simplified its game since then, playing better defensively as a team, and getting big performances from their star goalie.

"We've really eliminated a lot of scoring chances," said Luongo, who made 36 saves in win in Calgary the night before. "It definitely brought the guys together more and we changed a few things in our system as far as our forecheck and guys collapsing down low in the slot area."

John-Michael Liles tied it 1:01 into the third period with a point shot that deflected in off the skate of defenseman Willie Mitchell as he battled Ryan Smyth in front.

"Anytime you can get a point on the road, especially when you re down in the third, it s got to be a small victory," Liles said.

Theodore, taking his turn in Colorado's goalie rotation with Peter Budaj, made 26 saves for the Avalanche, whose only two losses in the last eight games have come against Vancouver.

Theodore matched Luongo save for save through regulation, turning away Brad Isbister from inside the faceoff circle early and robbing Daniel Sedin on both a wrist shot and a tip from the slot in the third. He also got a couple of breaks as Markus Naslund and Daniel Sedin both missed empty nets early, and when the first goal was waved off.

"He was rock solid," Quenneville said. "He didn't get distracted at any point, he was square, he was solid, he was composed: It was a nice effort."

Bronx33
11-11-2007, 10:54 PM
DENVER (AP) -Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist to help the Colorado Avalanche beat a well-rested Minnesota Wild squad 4-2 on Sunday night.

Colorado ran its mark to 7-1-1 over its last nine games. The Avalanche also have the best home record in the Western Conference at 9-1.

Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots,and Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist.

The Avalanche played the final 1:49 with a man advantage after Branko Radivojevic was called for hooking. The Wild almost scored a man down on a shot by Pierre-Marc Bouchard, but Budaj made a glove save on his slap shot.

The Wild pulled Niklas Backstrom with 29.3 seconds remaining, and Wojtek Wolski sealed the game for Colorado on an empty-net goal with a second remaining.

Backstrom, playing with a sore groin, turned away 22 shots.

The Wild were off for five days before taking the ice Sunday. They were without Stephane Veilleux, who was scratched before the game. He broke his left cheekbone when he was hit by a puck in practice Saturday.

Eric Belanger and Bouchard had power-play goals for the Wild in the second period. Minnesota now scored seven power-play goals in its last three games.

Stastny's two goals in the second period, along with his assist on Wolski's goal, gave him 100 points in 99 career games. He's just the sixth player in franchise history to reach 100 points in 100 or fewer contests.

Joe Sakic assisted on Stastny's first goal, which came on a power play. Sakic has 12 assists in his last 12 games. However, Sakic only has one goal in that time frame.

The Avalanche won't play again until Friday night in Dallas.

Bronx33
11-14-2007, 03:19 PM
Ian Laperriere, the popular veteran right wing with the Avalanche, will be out of the lineup for the next two to four weeks.

Laperriere suffered a sprained right knee in the first period of Sunday's game with the Minnesota Wild. Laperriere got tangled up in a scrum around the Avs' net after a faceoff and went down.

"Lappy's been playing extremely well, so it's a tough loss," Avs coach Joel Quenneville said.

His absence should create more playing time for Scott Parker, who was a healthy scratch against the Wild.

Bronx33
11-16-2007, 05:30 PM
This should make smurf happy..

Avalanche Recalls Richardson

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has recalled forward Brad Richardson from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. He will join the club in Dallas for tonight’s game against the Stars (6:30 p.m. MST).

Richardson was assigned to Lake Erie after being cleared to play on November 7 and has tallied an assist in three games played there. Prior to his AHL assignment, he had been sidelined with a wrist injury that he sustained during off-season workouts just prior to training camp.

The Belleville, Ontario native posted career-highs in games played (73), goals (14) and points (22) last season with the Avalanche. Richardson notched three shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals during the 2006-2007 season.

Bronx33
11-16-2007, 05:32 PM
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The Dallas Stars are usually one of the best home teams in the NHL. That hasn't been nearly the case this season.

The Stars look to avoid their first five-game home losing streak in nearly 29 years Friday night when they face the Colorado Avalanche, who have struggled on the road so far.

The Stars franchise has not lost five in a row at home since Nov. 15-29, 1978, when the team was the Minnesota North Stars, and Dallas is two home losses shy of the franchise record set from Jan. 17-Feb. 4, 1970. Since moving to Texas for the 1993-94 season, the Stars are 304-140-16 with 65 ties at home, giving them the third-most such wins in the NHL during that span.

Dallas (7-7-4) hasn't added to that total since a 3-1 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 20, though. The Stars opened the season 3-0-1 at the American Airlines Center before dropping the next four games there, including a 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose on Wednesday.

The defeat was the third in a row overall (0-1-2) and sixth in eight games for the Stars, who were playing for the first time since general manager Doug Armstrong was fired Tuesday and replaced with former Star Brett Hull and assistant GM Les Jackson as co-interim general managers.

Owner Tom Hicks also moved team president Jim Lites into a full-time role in his sports marketing firm Wednesday, and gave Lites' old job to Jeff Cogen, who held the same position for Hicks' baseball team, the Texas Rangers.

"We had some good chances to win this one," Stars coach Dave Tippett said of Wednesday's loss. "When changes happen like they did, you wonder how people are going to respond, but our goal was to push forward and worry about the things on the ice."

Dallas has been outscored 18-9 during the home slide.

The Stars need a better effort from Marty Turco as they try to get things turned around. Turco, who committed a puck-handling error against the Sharks that led to the opening goal by Torrey Mitchell, has a 4.48 goals-against average in the last three games.

Turco struggled in a season-opening 4-3 loss to Colorado on Oct. 3, allowing four goals on 23 shots.

On the offensive end, Stars captain Brendan Morrow has three goals and two assists in the last three games, giving him 18 points to tie Mike Ribeiro for the team lead. Morrow was held without a point in the last meeting with the Avalanche, but has four goals in his last three home matchups with them.

Dallas has won three in a row against Colorado at the American Airlines Center, scoring 17 goals in those games.

The first-place Avs (11-5-1), who are 2-4-1 on the road, have been off since Sunday's 4-2 home win over Minnesota. Paul Stastny continued his outstanding early season play with two goals and an assist, giving him team bests of nine goals and 22 points. His 13 assists are tied for the club lead.

"He makes plays," said Avalanche left wing Ryan Smyth, who had a goal and an assist. "The puck doesn't die with him. Collectively, we're playing well together."

Stastny's performance ended a two-game point drought. The 21-year-old center started the season in impressive fashion against Dallas, recording his first career hat trick in the Avs' 4-3 victory.

The Avs have won three of their last four.

Bronx33
11-16-2007, 09:32 PM
Q didn't have the D ready again 3-0 in the first...

Bronx33
11-16-2007, 09:42 PM
A absolutely f***** sad display of defense...

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The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche are both coming off their worst losses of the season, but it appears the Wild's defeat was more costly.

Minnesota hopes to move on from a disappointing road trip and an injury to one of its best players when it opens a three-game homestand against the Avalanche on Sunday.

The Wild (10-7-2) fell to Vancouver 6-2 on Friday, losing for the third time in four games on a road trip against the other Northwest Division teams. They are in second place in the Northwest, one point back of division-leading Colorado.

Since starting the season 7-0-1, Minnesota has lost eight of 11, and things got even worse in Friday's defeat.

Center Mikko Koivu, second on the Wild with 16 points, was violently slashed in the back of the left leg with 3:54 left in the game and had to be helped off the ice.

"He could have broken his leg," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said.

The seriousness of the injury was not announced, but the loss of Koivu would be a big blow for the Wild, who are already without left wing Pavol Demitra because of a groin injury.

On Friday, goaltender Josh Harding allowed three goals on 11 shots in just under 12 minutes before being replaced by Niklas Backstrom, who had been pulled after two periods in Thursday's 4-2 win at Edmonton.

Backstrom yielded three goals on 20 shots Friday, and should be excited about returning home. Backstrom has won all six of his starts at the Xcel Energy Center, posting a 1.17 goals-against average and two shutouts. He is 1-1-0 with a 2.51 GAA versus the Avalanche this season, and is 4-1-1 with a 2.28 GAA against them in his career.

The Wild have won their last two home games by a combined 9-3 score, and are 6-2-0 at the Xcel Energy Center this season.

Minnesota beat the Avalanche 3-2 at home on Oct. 21, but has lost the last two meetings - both on the road. Colorado beat the Wild 4-2 last Sunday behind two goals from Paul Stastny and 25 saves from Peter Budaj.

Avalanche left wing Wojtek Wolski had a goal and an assist last Sunday, and has five points in his last four games against Minnesota.

Colorado (11-6-1) opened a four-game road trip with a 6-1 loss to Dallas on Friday.

The Avalanche, who entered Friday's game on a 7-1-1 run, had a season-low 18 shots and allowed a season high in goals.

"We've got to play better and smarter and harder," said Avs left wing Ryan Smyth, who has two goals and two assists in his last two games against the Wild.

Jose Theodore was pulled in the second period after giving up five goals on 10 shots. He was 3-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA in his previous four starts.

Budaj replaced Theodore and stopped 10 of 11 shots. Budaj is 4-1-0 with a 2.35 GAA in his last five games, and has been in net for all three games against Minnesota, going 2-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA.

Colorado has not lost consecutive games since Oct. 19 and 21.

Bronx33
11-18-2007, 08:18 PM
And this is why i don't like the musical goalies, theo plays one too many and it leads too a 2-4 game slide based on nobody has any rythum.

Bronx33
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Colorado's recent slump has tightened things up in the competitive Northwest Division, so the Avalanche should be very happy to see the Calgary Flames next on the schedule.

The Avs (11-7-1) look to avoid a third straight loss Tuesday when they face the division rival Flames (8-9-3), whom Colorado has beaten seven straight times.

The Avalanche surged into contention this season with a 6-1 stretch, but have since lost three of four. Colorado fell out of the top spot in the Northwest with Sunday's 4-1 defeat to Minnesota, which moved past the Avs by a point.

Colorado has managed one goal in each of its last three losses, and has been outscored 10-2 in its last two games. The Avalanche haven't dropped three in a row this season.

"The last two games, from our side, are probably the worst two games of the year. I don't have an explanation for it," said forward Milan Hejduk, who scored against the Wild.

The Avs' last three defeats have come on the road, where Colorado is 2-6-0, compared to 9-1-0 at the Pepsi Center. Colorado, though, hopes to take advantage of a Calgary team it's dominated lately regardless of where the teams have met.

Colorado's seven consecutive victories in the series include two at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Avalanche's last loss to the Flames was 5-2 at Calgary on Feb. 17, but Colorado won the previous meeting 7-5 on Feb. 15 on the road.

Colorado has taken the first three matchups this season, most recently defeating the Flames 4-1 at Denver on Nov. 5.

Calgary is also coming off a loss, 4-1 to Vancouver on Sunday that prevented it from winning three straight for the first time in 2006-07. The Flames lost five in a row before the two straight victories and are struggling to keep pace in the division.

Calgary outshot the Canucks 30-21 but went scoreless on the power play for the second straight game.

"The word to use would be inconsistency," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "We have a good power-play night and a bad penalty-killing night and we flip flop, or great goaltending and then not the best."

Keenan may have been referring to Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped just 17 shots for Calgary. Keenan is known for leaning heavily on his No. 1 goalie, and Kiprusoff has played every game this season, but he's 0-4-2 with a 3.74 goals-against average in his last six games against the Avs.

Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr is uncertain for this game after taking a puck off the side of his head Sunday. He was to be re-evaluated Monday.

Colorado forward Paul Stastny has two goals and three assists this season against Calgary, while linemate Wojtek Wolski has a goal and four assists in the three games.

The clubs meet again Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

Bronx33
11-20-2007, 11:40 PM
3 straight sigh*

Bronx33
11-22-2007, 11:14 PM
For the love of god! why can't our PP score?

Bronx33
11-22-2007, 11:27 PM
Avs beat the oilers 3-2 to put them back in first place! and also end the 3 game slide good tough game.

Bronx33
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The Colorado Avalanche haven't had much success on the road this season. But at home they've been nearly unstoppable.

Colorado goes for its 10th home win in 11 tries on Saturday when it meets the Calgary Flames for the fifth time this season.

The NHL's best home team at 9-1-0, the Avalanche were 0-3-0 on a four-game road trip and 2-7-1 away from Denver overall before winning 3-2 at Edmonton on Thursday.

"We salvaged the trip with one game," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was disappointing up to (Thursday's) game with three tough losses and two really poor performances."

Marek Svatos scored the eventual game-winner - his ninth goal of the season - in the second period, when the Avalanche outshot the Oilers 16-2. Peter Budaj made seven of his 14 saves in the third to improve to 8-4-0 on the season.

The main reason Colorado (12-8-1) hasn't had much success on the road is its inability to score goals. Before the Edmonton game, the Avalanche had just 17 goals in 10 games away from home, and they hadn't scored more than once in a road game since a 3-2 win at Calgary on Oct. 26.

"It wasn't the road trip we wanted, but at least we finished it off on a good note," said Ryan Smyth, who assisted on Karlis Skrastins first-period goal. "We have been playing very well at home so we want to continue that as we carry forward the momentum from this game."

Colorado didn't get a goal from its leading scorer, Paul Stastny, on the trip. Stastny has nine goals to tie Svatos for the team lead, but he's only scored once away from the Pepsi Center.

One of Colorado's three losses on its trip came in Calgary on Tuesday, the first time the Flames (9-10-3) had beaten the Avalanche in four tries this season.

Calgary lost its most recent game, 2-1 at home to Chicago on Thursday, after winning three of its previous four contests.

After giving up just one short-handed goal in its first 21 games, Calgary let Chicago score both of its goals while down a man. Patrick Sharp got the game-winner at the beginning of the third, and the Flames couldn't score on Nikolai Khabibulin despite outshooting the Blackhawks 15-2 in the period.

"We outplayed them, we just didn't put it in the net and they got the lucky ones," Flames defenseman Adrian Aucoin said.

Jarome Iginla scored Calgary's lone goal, his 13th of the season, on a power play in the second period. Iginla also has 15 assists and his 28 points rank him among the top 10 in the NHL. He tied a season high with eight of his team's 31 shots on goal against the Blackhawks.

Calgary kills just 77.0 percent of the opposition's power plays, but Colorado converts just 13.7 percent of its chances with the man advantage.

The Avalanche had won seven of the last eight meetings with Calgary before losing on Tuesday. The Flames have dropped their last five games in Colorado.

Bronx33
11-24-2007, 07:36 PM
Theodore sucks super bad..

Bronx33
11-24-2007, 09:24 PM
An absolutely sad showing from the avs from top to bottom iam complete confused as to why theodore was left in for 5 goals? and it completely eludes me as to why theo even had the start tonight when budaj won a good hard earned win last game.


Theo sucks

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After struggling for the better part of the season, the Edmonton Oilers have finally strung together a few wins. It's been quite the opposite for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Oilers and the Avalanche will meet for the second time in seven days on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Edmonton (10-13-1) has won two straight and five of its last eight following a dismal 5-10-1 start. The Oilers seek their first three-game winning streak since last Dec. 4-8.

They split a season-long six-game homestand with a 3-1 victory over Columbus on Monday. It was Edmonton's first regulation win since beating Calgary on Nov. 10 as each of the team's previous three victories came in a shootout.

"It was a good feeling to get one in regulation," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We're not doing anything the easy way. It would have been nice to win a couple games at the beginning of the homestand and give ourselves a chance to put something together. But it was nice to recover and get to .500 during this stretch."

On Monday, rookie Andrew Cogliano's third-period tiebreaking goal proved to be the game-winner for the Oilers, who will play away from Rexall Place for the first time since a Nov. 14 win at Vancouver.

"It was a solid team effort," said Cogliano, who has 14 points. "To get a regulation win and go on the road with two wins under our belt is big for our team. As of now we are pretty confident."

Edmonton has won its last two road games, but hasn't won three straight as a visitor since Nov. 13-Dec. 8, 2006. It might reach that mark against Colorado (12-9-1) after winning four of its last six visits to the Pepsi Center.

The Oilers, though, have dropped all three meetings this season and seven of the last nine overall to Colorado, including Thursday's 3-2 defeat in Edmonton.

The Avalanche are 9-2-0 at home, but didn't exhibit that dominance in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Calgary - Colorado's fourth defeat in its last five contests.

"It was a stinker," said coach Joel Quenneville, who is one win shy of 100 with the Avalanche. "We needed to be good in a lot of areas to beat that team and we weren't."

Colorado extended its struggles on the power play, failing in all four chances to fall to 0-for-24 in its last five games. The Avs have converted just 13.2 percent (14-for-106) of their power-play chances - better than only Edmonton, which is last in the NHL with a 10.9 percentage (11-for-101).

"The way we lost and the way we came out and played is unacceptable," said Joe Sakic, whose goal in the third period ended a personal 11-game drought. "It was just an embarrassing performance for us."

The Avalanche, who haven't lost consecutive games at home since Feb. 1-3, seek their 500th regular-season victory since the franchise moved from Quebec to Colorado for the 1995-96 season.

Bronx33
11-29-2007, 08:16 PM
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Something's missing.

In the franchise's 12 seasons in Denver, the Avalanche never has had a more enigmatic team than the one that beat lowly Edmonton 4-2 on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

So far this season, the Avs have tantalized, frustrated, excited and angered their hard-core fans — sometimes all in one period.

Their 10-2 home record is among the best in the NHL. Yet despite a night when the Oilers trailed 4-0 after two periods, managed only 13 shots on goal and were decisively outplayed, the Avalanche has underachieved.

If Colorado has another good week, it suddenly could be as high as second in the Western Conference. Yet if the Zamboni sputtered this frequently, the mechanics would be double-checking to make sure nobody poured sugar into the gas tank.

The Avs have an intriguing mixture of young and veteran talent that includes one of the league's emerging superstars, Paul Stastny; the perennial, Joe Sakic; and the high-priced and highly sought Ryan Smyth.

Yet that roster hasn't yet truly meshed.

"We're looking to have that complete game, from start to finish," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "They scored a couple in the third, which kept us honest right to the end. But at the same time, I still thought we did some good things throughout the game.

"That's what we're looking to achieve, to get all the lines bring some momentum, bringing some offense, bringing some consistency and playing hard. I think today we saw that."

The biggest challenge, though, is to bring back the buzz.

Colorado's home sellout streak is so far gone, it seems to be from the sepia- toned, good, old days. The 2004-05 lockout still is taking a delayed toll. The ridiculous schedule format — thankfully, about to be scrapped — and ticket prices provided excuses to give up season tickets. For $108 or so a ticket, the experience should be akin to that once-a-year, unforgettable, date-circled concert; and the NHL has given its fans divisional round-robins.

The less-than-compelling on-ice performance of the Avs has made it all worse. Toss out the four wins in as many tries against the Oilers, and Colorado is 9-9-1. But I'm not just talking about the record. There were so many reasons to assume that this team could be exciting, could bring electricity back to the rink, could build on the promising 15-2-2 run down the home stretch of last season.

As weird as this sounds, even during the 6-0 start at home, that wasn't happening. It still isn't.

You can pick up the stats and try to put your finger on the reasons. Sakic and Smyth's so-so production. A power play that has ranged from mediocre at home to absolutely dreadful on the road. Defenseman Scott Hannan's minus-14 figure, which means he has been more like the departed Patrice Brisebois than a physical successor to Adam Foote, albeit with some adaptation to the post-lockout, anti-obstruction and anti-mugging standards. Unreliable goaltending from Peter Budaj and Jose Theodore.

But some of it isn't quantifiable. To repeat (and the NHL schedule makes one prone to repetition): Something's missing, and the Wednesday victory didn't do that much to make that feeling disappear. Edmonton's so bad, coach Craig MacTavish should be one of the leaders in the clubhouse for coach of the year for getting 10 wins out of the Oilers so far.

"It was a better effort tonight," said Smyth, the ex-Oiler. "They were four points behind us, and we knew we had
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to play a little better. There's always room for improvement in a season, and you go through ups and downs and you have to make sure you play through those down parts and stay on an even keel."

Quenneville's penchant for impatience and tinkering is neither unique nor always unjustifiable. But at some point, he would be better off to decide which center — Stastny or Sakic — he's going to keep Smyth with for a long stretch, and not just for periods at a time, hoping for chemistry to take hold. Colorado's defense has to ratchet up the physical play, still both necessary and possible under the post-lockout standards. And it's even as simple as loading up and firing from the point on the power play.

The biggest compliment of all: Although the Avs are a decent 13-9-1, they're capable of so much more.
500

The number of regular- season victories for the Avalanche since moving to Denver in 1995. The team is 500-286-101-38 as the Avalanche.

Bronx33
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The San Jose Sharks hope to salvage at least one win from their four-game homestand when they face the Colorado Avalanche, one of the worst road teams in the NHL.

The Sharks (11-8-4) opened the homestand with a 2-1 shootout loss to Anaheim on Nov. 17 before losing consecutive games to Los Angeles, including a 3-2 shootout defeat Wednesday. The three-game slide follows a season-high four-game winning streak and has dropped San Jose four points behind first-place Dallas in the Pacific Division.

The Sharks have not lost four consecutive home games since Feb. 6-March 9.

"I want to see some more players upset with what our record is and what their numbers are," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "They should be angry about it."

Wilson's club now opens a stretch of six games in 10 days after only playing twice in the last six.

"I think we're really looking forward to (playing more)," said Sharks defenseman Craig Rivet, who scored his first goal of the season Wednesday. "Sometimes being tired is better than being rested. We're built somewhat like machines that way. We're going to be looking forward to getting some of the cobwebs out and really getting on a roll here."

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist Wednesday to avoid going three straight games without a point for the first time this season. The All-Star center also scored for the first time in five games. The Sharks have lost six of seven games this season when Thornton has not registered a point.

One of those games came in the only meeting this season with the Avalanche, and San Jose lost 6-2 in Colorado on Oct. 7. Thornton, though, has 10 goals and 13 assists in 18 career games against the Avalanche (13-9-1).

Colorado had gone unbeaten in nine straight trips to San Jose before losing three of its last four games there, and enters this matchup with one of the league's worst road records at 3-7-1. The Avalanche had lost four straight road games before winning their most recent one, 3-2 at Edmonton on Nov. 22.

The Avs followed that win by losing 5-2 to Calgary on Saturday before beating Edmonton 4-2 four days later. That victory saw Milan Hejduk register a goal and two assists to help give Colorado a four-goal lead midway through the second period.

"We scored some goals early and pretty much had control of the whole game," said Hejduk, who had two goals and an assist in the last meeting with the Sharks. "We worked harder than in the previous games, and we pressed the puck hard in their zone."

Joe Sakic had two points Wednesday after getting none in the previous four games. The Avalanche captain scored for the second straight game after going 11 straight without a goal.

Sakic had two points in the Oct. 7 meeting with San Jose to give him 18 in the last 10 matchups. He has 28 goals and 72 points in 50 career games against the Sharks.

These teams also meet Monday in Denver.

Colorado has recalled T.J. Hensick from its AHL affiliate and he is expected to make his NHL debut Friday. The 21-year-old center leads Lake Erie in scoring with 13 points in 18 games.

A third-round draft pick in 2005, Hensick scored 69 points in 41 games as a senior at Michigan last season, winning the Central Collegiate Hockey Association scoring title and being named a Hobey Baker Award finalist.


Word is joe sakic strained his groin on Wednesday against the Oilers (He's expected to play tonight and that's why T.J. Hensick was called up just keep an eye on joes minutes and which lines hensick plays on, more good news svatos is out with a strained groin. The avs also sent brad richards back to Lake Erie why? i don't have a clue (ask Q) so wyatt smith should continue to be beaten on a regular basis. Heres some good news really (peter budaj) will start! for the 2nd time in a row (that's very) un Q like maybe hes getting a clue finally.

Bronx33
12-01-2007, 10:37 AM
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Although Joe Thornton usually does his finest work helping others, the Sharks superstar threw himself quite an anniversary party Friday night.

Thornton had two goals and an assist in a dominant two-way performance exactly two years after his arrival from Boston, and San Jose snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Thornton scored two power-play goals in the first 25 minutes and bounced a pass off Mike Grier's skate for another score. The 2005-06 MVP also made the Sharks' most important play in a scoreless third period, short-circuiting a Colorado power play in the final 5 minutes by drawing a tripping penalty from Brett Clark.

It's nothing the Sharks haven't seen before, but Thornton's brilliance always reminds coach Ron Wilson to be thankful for the Bruins' decision to get rid of their captain on Nov. 30, 2005.

"Joe played unbelievable," Wilson said. "He was a force out there. He's physical, making plays. He made a decision he's going to shoot more, that he's going to score and not just look to pass. That will open up some of his playmaking abilities, because now they have to worry about him shooting."

The anniversary wasn't forgotten by Thornton, who got sent away in a four-player deal that's already confirmed as one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. While Marco Sturm is the only player left in Boston from the deal, Thornton is the Sharks' 28-year-old cornerstone, capable of winning games nearly by himself with such an effort.

"This is home for me," Thornton said. "This is where I want to be for the rest of my career, so it's been a good two years, and many more to come."

Thornton might be the NHL's best passer, but he's a notoriously reluctant shooter at times. With 11 goals through 24 games this season, he's well ahead of his previous career pace of 0.31 goals per game.

"If you want to score, you've got to shoot," Thornton said with a shrug.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 18 shots in his 25th consecutive start for the Sharks, who finished up a tedious four-game homestand with their first victory since Nov. 15. The ironman goalie was chased by the Avalanche in a 6-2 loss last month, just the second time all season Nabokov didn't finish a game.

Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette scored and Peter Budaj made 26 saves in the Avalanche's fifth loss in seven games. Colorado has won just three road games all season, fewest in the Western Conference.

"Joe had a big night, and we've seen him have some real strong games against us in the past," coach Joel Quenneville said of Thornton, who has 26 points in 19 career games against Colorado. "We got a couple of timely power-play goals, and we played hard, but we played catch-up all night."

Defenseman Scott Hannan was booed regularly in his first trip back to San Jose since leaving the Sharks to sign a four-year, $18.5 million deal with the Avalanche. Hannan, who got credit for the second assist on Hejduk's goal, entered the game with no goals, four assists and a team-worst minus-14 rating.

Thornton got a first-period goal for the second straight game, directing a pass from Milan Michalek underneath Budaj on a power play less than 2 minutes in. Thornton scored again early in the second, whipping another shot under Budaj on another pass from Michalek for his second multigoal game of the season.

"I should have stopped that second goal," Budaj said. "Joe made a great play. He's playing great right now, and he made us pay. He had a hand in all three goals. You want to excel against great players like him, but he beat us tonight."

Colorado closed the gap with Hejduk's short-handed goal late in the second. Grier got his third goal of the season 97 seconds later when Thornton's impressive cross-ice pass ricocheted off Grier's right skate and into the net, but Brunette got credit for a power-play goal 89 seconds later on a shot that banked in off Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren.

Notes: The teams meet again Monday night in Denver. ... Colorado RW Marek Svatos missed his first game of the season with a groin injury, while captain Joe Sakic played through his own groin pull. ... Rivet checked C Jaroslav Hlinka onto the San Jose bench in the second period, a first for the veteran defenseman. "It's like the home run, you know," Rivet said.

Bronx33
12-01-2007, 11:00 AM
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Although Joe Thornton usually does his finest work helping others, the Sharks superstar threw himself quite an anniversary party Friday night.

Thornton had two goals and an assist in a dominant two-way performance exactly two years after his arrival from Boston, and San Jose snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Thornton scored two power-play goals in the first 25 minutes and bounced a pass off Mike Grier's skate for another score. The 2005-06 MVP also made the Sharks' most important play in a scoreless third period, short-circuiting a Colorado power play in the final 5 minutes by drawing a tripping penalty from Brett Clark.

It's nothing the Sharks haven't seen before, but Thornton's brilliance always reminds coach Ron Wilson to be thankful for the Bruins' decision to get rid of their captain on Nov. 30, 2005.

"Joe played unbelievable," Wilson said. "He was a force out there. He's physical, making plays. He made a decision he's going to shoot more, that he's going to score and not just look to pass. That will open up some of his playmaking abilities, because now they have to worry about him shooting."

The anniversary wasn't forgotten by Thornton, who got sent away in a four-player deal that's already confirmed as one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. While Marco Sturm is the only player left in Boston from the deal, Thornton is the Sharks' 28-year-old cornerstone, capable of winning games nearly by himself with such an effort.

"This is home for me," Thornton said. "This is where I want to be for the rest of my career, so it's been a good two years, and many more to come."

Thornton might be the NHL's best passer, but he's a notoriously reluctant shooter at times. With 11 goals through 24 games this season, he's well ahead of his previous career pace of 0.31 goals per game.

"If you want to score, you've got to shoot," Thornton said with a shrug.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 18 shots in his 25th consecutive start for the Sharks, who finished up a tedious four-game homestand with their first victory since Nov. 15. The ironman goalie was chased by the Avalanche in a 6-2 loss last month, just the second time all season Nabokov didn't finish a game.

Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette scored and Peter Budaj made 26 saves in the Avalanche's fifth loss in seven games. Colorado has won just three road games all season, fewest in the Western Conference.

"Joe had a big night, and we've seen him have some real strong games against us in the past," coach Joel Quenneville said of Thornton, who has 26 points in 19 career games against Colorado. "We got a couple of timely power-play goals, and we played hard, but we played catch-up all night."

Defenseman Scott Hannan was booed regularly in his first trip back to San Jose since leaving the Sharks to sign a four-year, $18.5 million deal with the Avalanche. Hannan, who got credit for the second assist on Hejduk's goal, entered the game with no goals, four assists and a team-worst minus-14 rating.

Thornton got a first-period goal for the second straight game, directing a pass from Milan Michalek underneath Budaj on a power play less than 2 minutes in. Thornton scored again early in the second, whipping another shot under Budaj on another pass from Michalek for his second multigoal game of the season.

"I should have stopped that second goal," Budaj said. "Joe made a great play. He's playing great right now, and he made us pay. He had a hand in all three goals. You want to excel against great players like him, but he beat us tonight."

Colorado closed the gap with Hejduk's short-handed goal late in the second. Grier got his third goal of the season 97 seconds later when Thornton's impressive cross-ice pass ricocheted off Grier's right skate and into the net, but Brunette got credit for a power-play goal 89 seconds later on a shot that banked in off Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren.

Notes: The teams meet again Monday night in Denver. ... Colorado RW Marek Svatos missed his first game of the season with a groin injury, while captain Joe Sakic played through his own groin pull. ... Rivet checked C Jaroslav Hlinka onto the San Jose bench in the second period, a first for the veteran defenseman. "It's like the home run, you know," Rivet said.

Joe still played 19 minutes so that groin pull can't be that bad...

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24champ
12-01-2007, 01:50 PM
Bring it on tonight b*tches! :)

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Bronx33
12-01-2007, 03:16 PM
You will probably get theo - door..

24champ
12-01-2007, 04:19 PM
I don't know, on the Gameday thread on a Kings fan site it says Budaj is starting...

Avs are 1-4-2 in the last 7 games in LA...hmmm.

Bronx33
12-01-2007, 04:59 PM
I don't know, on the Gameday thread on a Kings fan site it says Budaj is starting...

Avs are 1-4-2 in the last 7 games in LA...hmmm.


Q starting a goalie 3 games in a row? 2 games in a row was a suprise to avs fans last night.

24champ
12-01-2007, 07:02 PM
Q starting a goalie 3 games in a row? 2 games in a row was a suprise to avs fans last night.

Yeah that's true...well hey if you don't like Theo-door then Cloutier is always available.Ha!

Bronx33
12-01-2007, 07:14 PM
Yeah that's true...well hey if you don't like Theo-door then Cloutier is always available.Ha!


That was not funny Mister!

24champ
12-01-2007, 07:15 PM
That was not funny Mister!

come on man,don't be like maxipus.Ha!

Bronx33
12-03-2007, 04:55 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche managed to gut out a win without their captain over the weekend, but they'd no doubt feel a lot better with him on the ice on Monday.

The Avalanche could be without Joe Sakic again when they host the San Jose Sharks.

Sakic sat out Saturday's 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings because of a sore groin, ending his regular-season streak of 232 consecutive games played. Sakic played in the final 44 games of the 2003-04 season, all 82 in each of the last two seasons, then the first 24 this season.

Coach Joel Quenneville was not sure how much time Sakic, who ranks second on the team with 15 assists and 22 points, would miss.

"It's tough to say," Quenneville said. "I don't even want to speculate if Monday's an option right now. Joe knows his body pretty well, but we want him to wait as long as it takes until he's back 100 percent. It's nothing we want to fool around with for an extended period of time."

The Avalanche (14-10-1) would no doubt like to have Sakic back against San Jose (12-8-4). Sakic has a point in each of his last 11 games against the Sharks, picking up seven goals and 12 assists in those contests.

He had one assist in Colorado's 3-2 loss at San Jose Sharks on Friday. Joe Thornton scored two goals and added an assist for the victorious Sharks.

Colorado bounced back the following day for its third win in five games. Ryan Smyth broke open a tie game with a pair of third-period goals and 21-year-old rookie T.J. Hensick scored his first NHL goal in his second game.

Smyth broke out of a slump during which he'd scored just one goal in his previous 13 games.

"I got my opportunities and took full advantage of it," he said. "I've been talking about trying to get to the net a little bit more, and it was just a matter of going out and doing it."

Paul Stastny added a goal and an assist.

The Avalanche, who are tied for second in the league with 10 home wins, need two more wins overall to reach 1,000 as a franchise.

Friday's victory was the first in four games for the Sharks, who snapped their longest losing streak of the season thanks largely to Thornton's effort.

"I don't think you can just look at tonight, Joe's been the guy all year," said defenseman Craig Rivet. "Joe along with (goaltender Evgeni Nabokov) has given us a chance to win each and every night."

Thornton's big game came on the two-year anniversary of his arrival from Boston via trade. He has three goals and two assists in his last two games overall, and has produced multi-point efforts in five of his last six games versus the Avalanche.

24champ
12-03-2007, 06:54 PM
Go Sharks! F the Avalanche. :)

Bronx33
12-03-2007, 08:21 PM
damn dude don't go philly fan on me.

24champ
12-03-2007, 08:53 PM
damn dude don't go philly fan on me.

One of your players pulled a flyer against Labs on Saturday night...took out the goalie for who knows how long but I hope Smythe can take out a couple guys on the Flyers on Friday night because I'll be there. ;D

I doubt Chadta reads this Av thread so we're good.:giggle:

Bronx33
12-03-2007, 10:18 PM
Smythe isn't a dirty player i highly doubt he was trying to injure labs the whistle hadn't blown yet he was trying the get the puck out from under labs. And the D man checked him on top of labs so who knows when he got injured.


just my two cents i hope hes not out to long.

24champ
12-03-2007, 10:21 PM
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2-1 Sharks....haha

Bronx33
12-03-2007, 10:24 PM
ok this means i will visit your thread for a game..:spit:

24champ
12-03-2007, 10:55 PM
ok this means i will visit your thread for a game..:spit:

Lamp just went off in the Kings game courtesy of Kopitar. 1-0 over Oilers.:thumbsup:

Bronx33
12-05-2007, 10:33 PM
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chadta
12-06-2007, 12:22 AM
One of your players pulled a flyer against Labs on Saturday night...took out the goalie for who knows how long but I hope Smythe can take out a couple guys on the Flyers on Friday night because I'll be there. ;D

I doubt Chadta reads this Av thread so we're good.:giggle:

as long as we dont pull a kings and suck right out of the building we should be fine Ha!

phillybroncosnut
12-06-2007, 12:52 AM
One of your players pulled a flyer against Labs on Saturday night...took out the goalie for who knows how long but I hope Smythe can take out a couple guys on the Flyers on Friday night because I'll be there. ;D

I doubt Chadta reads this Av thread so we're good.:giggle:


Bad Karma.

Bronx33
12-07-2007, 04:01 PM
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Strong road play has helped the Philadelphia Flyers move atop of the Atlantic Division. Playing well at home, meanwhile, is keeping the Colorado Avalanche out of last place in the Northwest.

The Flyers seek their fifth straight road victory Friday night when they visit the Avalanche for the first time in almost four years.

Behind a strong performance from backup netminder Antero Niittymaki and a goal and an assist from Jeff Carter, the Flyers continued their impressive road play Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over Minnesota.

Niittymaki stopped 28 shots in a rare start and Scottie Upshall and Braydon Coburn also scored for Philadelphia (15-9-2), which hasn't won five straight away from home since a six-game run from Dec. 13-29, 2005.

The Flyers are among the NHL leaders with nine road wins while winning just six of 11 at home.

"The thing is we play a simple game on the road. That's the key," Niittymaki said. "We go home and we try too much, try to play a little silly game. I think this is the way we should play, just good defense and get great turnovers and score from there."

Niittymaki was helped by his penalty killers, who limited the Wild to one power-play goal in eight opportunities, including a pair of extended two-man advantages.

Philadelphia, which has alternated wins and losses in its last eight games, is tied with New Jersey and the New York Rangers atop the Atlantic and has games in hand on both teams.

Despite Niittymaki's stellar game, Martin Biron is expected to be back in net for the Flyers. Biron hopes to rebound from his last appearance - a 4-1 home loss to Dallas on Saturday in which he stopped 26 of 30 shots Biron has won three straight starts against the Avalanche - all while with Buffalo.

"Every time he's not his best, he's bounced back and been really good," Flyers coach John Stevens told the team's official Web site. "The impact on his game has a little bit to do with the way we play, as well."

Flyers leading scorer Daniel Briere has gone pointless in consecutive games for the first time this season. He has only two goals in 16 career games against Colorado.

The Avalanche (14-12-1) appeared on their way to a second straight road win with a 3-1 third-period lead Wednesday at Columbus before allowing four goals in an 8:48 span in a disappointing 5-4 loss.

Colorado had been 10-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.

"They seemed to get a lot of momentum off that second goal," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "We played two rock-solid periods and then they got some life, scored a power-play goal right after and made it a different ballgame at that point."

The loss dropped the Avalanche to a Western Conference-worst 4-9-1 on the road. That, however, has been offset by their 10-3-0 home record, which ranks behind only Detroit and Tampa Bay for the league's best.

With Peter Budaj struggling Wednesday, Jose Theodore is expected to be in net for Colorado. Theodore is 1-4-0 with a 4.04 goals-against average in his last five starts.

The Avalanche have won three straight against the Flyers - all in overtime. This will be Philadelphia's first visit to Colorado since Dec. 27, 2003.

Bronx33
12-07-2007, 04:25 PM
DANGER!30 Seconds to waste (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLhmGi0eZy0)

ANOTHER 30 SECONDS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4ghL3yWD-I&feature=related)

Bronx33
12-07-2007, 11:21 PM
2-1 Avs and a fun game to watch.

chadta
12-07-2007, 11:32 PM
2-1 Avs and a fun game to watch.

i got home from work just in time to see the last 5, oops i mean 5.2 seconds, so ill take your word for it.

congrats guys, well get ya next time

24champ
12-08-2007, 05:14 AM
Bad Karma.

It was a joy to see the Flyers get crapped on in person.

Bronx33
12-08-2007, 12:07 PM
It was a joy to see the Flyers get crapped on in person.



Hey i was watching most of the game from across the dining area at pf changs question is (how did theodore play) in your opinion? or did the D do all the work?

Bronx33
12-08-2007, 12:38 PM
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DENVER (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche haven't solved their road woes, though they have mastered playing at home.

Jose Theodore made 28 saves and Milan Hejduk scored a power-play goal with 2.7 seconds left in the second period to lead the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

Jaroslav Hlinka also scored for Colorado, struggled at home last season while posting a 22-16-3 record at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche started 6-0 at home this season and are now 11-3 here.

"We have to place an emphasis on getting points everywhere, but we want to make sure what we set in place right off the bat is something that we can carry through all year long, and playing well at home is important," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said.

Marty Biron had 30 saves and Daniel Briere scored for the Flyers.

"They played a good game," Briere said. "Theodore was strong, like Marty."

Colorado benefited from strong goaltending and special teams play. Theodore came up big with the game still scoreless early in the second, when Colorado had a two-man advantage for 29 seconds but couldn't get a shot on goal.

After Philadelphia killed off the first penalty, Mike Richards stole a Brett Clark pass in the neutral zone and had a breakaway. He tried to put the puck between Theodore's legs, but the goalie made the save.

"I was ready for that game," Theodore said. "We played really well and our focus was good defensively."

Five minutes later, Hlinka gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead with his fourth goal of the season. He skated into the Flyers zone, and his shot from the right faceoff circle beat Biron just under the crossbar.

"He had very little room to put it there," Biron said. "When a guy takes it inside the post, not much you can do."

The Flyers had an opportunity to tie the game 2 minutes after Hlinka's goal. With Scott Hannan in the penalty box for holding, Hejduk's delay of game penalty gave the Flyers a 5-on-3 advantage, but Colorado killed off both penalties.

"The part of the game that got away was the 5-on-3," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We had 37 seconds, we turned it over right away, we got it back in the zone and turned it over. We had an opportunity slip away there."

The Flyers tied it during a swarming power play late in the second period, and they finally got the equalizer when Briere beat Theodore with 3:05 left in the frame.

"In the second period we used more composure, started creating more chances and finally we got a goal," Briere said. "In the first period, it was a matter of us not making the smart plays."

Hejduk broke a 1-all tie with his 99th career power-play goal just before the second-period horn. With Kimmo Timonen off for hooking at 19:40, Ryan Smyth sent a backhand pass through the legs of Paul Stastny to Hejduk, who one-timed a shot over Martin Biron's right shoulder.

"It was a much-needed power-play goal for us," Hejduk said. "Ryan made a great play. I was open in the slot and fired to the far side high, and it went in."

Biron said he expected Smyth to pass it to Stastny, who was standing on the side of the net.

"I didn't know (Hejduk) was there because there was a scrum in front of the net," he said. "I saw the puck at the last second, and it was a little to late to react to it."

It was fortunate for Colorado, which rebounded from blowing a third-period lead in Columbus on Wednesday.

"This is a big win for us, especially how badly we played in Columbus where we were up 3-1 and lost the game," Hejduk said. "We need this home stretch to win hockey games."

Notes: Avalanche C Joe Sakic missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury. ... Friday's game was the first time the Flyers played in Denver since the 2003-04 season. Philadelphia forward Sami Kapanen is the only player remaining from that team.

phillybroncosnut
12-08-2007, 02:16 PM
It was a joy to see the Flyers get crapped on in person.

Crapped on? You must have a differing view then I do. We lost a close tough battle to an out of conference team on the road. A loss is a loss but there are definately different levels on the "hurt my feelings" gage. This one doesn't hurt at all.

24champ
12-08-2007, 03:44 PM
Hey i was watching most of the game from across the dining area at pf changs question is (how did theodore play) in your opinion? or did the D do all the work?

Theodore was awesome, he made some great saves. Including a couple break aways that could have easily resulted in a goal and probably would have won it for the Flyers if they did. So in essence, Theodore won the game for you guys, he was the third star. Regardless it was a great game and both teams played great and I got my money worth.

24champ
12-08-2007, 03:46 PM
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24champ
12-08-2007, 03:48 PM
Hey i was watching most of the game from across the dining area at pf changs question is (how did theodore play) in your opinion? or did the D do all the work?

by the way, I was downtown after the game, walked by PF Changs. Was at some Irish Bar, forget the name of it.Ha!

phillybroncosnut
12-08-2007, 06:05 PM
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We travel very well.

Bronx33
12-10-2007, 01:30 PM
DENVER (AP) -With Joe Sakic out of the lineup, the Colorado Avalanche needed someone to step up. Milan Hejduk filled in just fine.

Hejduk notched his fifth career hat trick and added three assists to lead the Avalanche past the St. Louis Blues, 9-5 on Sunday night for the 1,000th NHL win in franchise history.

"He's always been a top-caliber guy and probably the best goal-scorer on this team," Paul Stastny said. "Even when Joe was here he was stepping up, and now he's gotten a couple more goals when we've needed it."

Hejduk got a lot of help from his linemates. Stastny had two goals and three assists and Ryan Smyth had a goal and two assists to give that line 14 points in the highest goal tally in the league so far this season.

Colorado's nine goals were the most in a game since Jan. 4, 2007, when Toronto beat Boston 10-2 and San Jose beat Detroit 9-4.

Hejduk's line accounted for six of the nine goals.

"When you score nine goals, there is a pretty good chance that those guys are going to be involved in a lot of them," Blues coach Andy Murray said.

The trio combined for seven points in a critical second period, when Colorado scored five times to blow open the game. Hejduk broke open a 1-1 tie, and after Jay McClement tied the game again on a penalty shot, Stastny, Wojtek Wolski, Brett Clark and Smyth scored in a hurry for the Avalanche.

Stastny's goal broke a 2-all tie with 9:59 left in the period. Wolski and Clark scored 3:10 apart, and Smyth's wraparound goal, his ninth of the season, made it 6-2 with 2:33 left in the frame.

"The three of them had a special night," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Blues didn't feel so special.

"Nothing went the way we wanted," St. Louis defenseman Chrstian Backman said. "It was just not a good game."

St. Louis goalie Hannu Toivonen faced only eight shots in the first period but was blitzed in the second. He allowed the five goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Marek Schwarz to start the third period. Toivonen returned at 3:05 of the third period after Doug Weight scored his seventh goal 24 seconds into the third, and David Perron scored a minute later to cut Colorado's lead to two goals.

"We didn't give Hannu a lot of help back there, and the game was back in reach, so we wanted to show him that we still believe in him," Murray said.

Colorado called a timeout to try and stop the Blues' comeback.

"You're up by four, you give up two, it's almost like a new hockey game," Quenneville said. "We had to get the momentum back, and we had to play harder."

The timeout worked. The Avalanche chased Toivonen again after Stastny's scored his 13th goal of the season and Hejduk completed his hat trick with 7:44 left.

Toivonen surrendered eight goals on 25 shots.

"This is a really big win for us," said Hejduk, who has 14 points in the last seven games. "It got a little scary at the beginning of the third, but we came back and scored a couple and put the game away."

The Blues took a 1-0 lead in the first period when McClement, who scored two goals, took a cross-ice pass from Stempniak and put it over Jose Theodore's shoulder from the right circle. The Avalanche tied it when Smyth stole the puck in the Blues' zone and fed Hejduk.

Notes: The Avalanche's five goals in the second period were a season-high for one period. ... Colorado LW Andrew Brunette played in his 400th consecutive game, the third-longest active streak in the league. ... Blues RW Lee Stempniak extended his points streak to five games with an assist in the first period. ... Hejduk extended his points streak to seven games and scored his 100th career power-play goal.

Bronx33
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The Colorado Avalanche have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL this season, and in their most recent game pulled off something that hasn't been done in nearly a year.

Coming off a nine-goal performance, the high-powered Avalanche look to win their third straight Wednesday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Colorado (16-12-1) scored five times in the second period on its way to a 9-5 victory over St. Louis on Sunday. The Avs' goal total was the highest in a game since Jan. 4, when Toronto beat Boston 10-2 and San Jose defeated Detroit 9-4.

The Avs scored nine goals even though franchise career points leader Joe Sakic was out for a fifth straight game with a sore groin, an injury that's expected to keep him sidelined at least two more contests.

Milan Hejduk led the offensive assault Sunday, scoring in each period for his fifth career hat trick to go along with three assists. The goal output was the Avalanche's highest since a 9-2 win at Vancouver on March 8, 2004 - which also featured a Hejduk hat trick.

"He's always been a top-caliber guy and probably the best goal scorer on this team," said Avalanche center Paul Stastny, who had two goals and three assists. "Even when Joe (Sakic) was (healthy) he was stepping up, and now he's gotten a couple more goals when we've needed it."

Hejduk, named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday, has a point in seven straight games, totaling seven goals and seven assist in that span. The former 50-goal scorer has 13 goals and 13 assists on the season.

Sunday marked the 12th time the Avalanche have scored at least four goals this season - only the Red Wings have reached the four-goal mark as many times - and Colorado is 11-1-0 in those games. The Avs' 91 goals are second to the Wings' 104 in the Western Conference.

The lone game the Avalanche lost when they scored four times happened last Wednesday, though, 5-4 at Columbus. Colorado, however, won the other meeting this season 5-1 on Oct. 13, and has completely dominated the series since the Blue Jackets entered the league in 2000, going 22-2-1 with one tie. The Avalanche have outscored Columbus 101-40 in those 26 games.

The Blue Jackets (13-11-6) are in the midst of a stretch in which they play 11 of 13 at home before the end of 2007. They're 1-1-2 in the first four games, the lone win coming against Colorado.

Their most recent loss, 4-3 in overtime to Anaheim on Monday, was due largely to uncharacteristically poor penalty killing. Columbus is one of the league's best at killing off penalties at 86.9 percent, but allowed three goals on six power plays to the Ducks. The fourth goal came on a penalty shot.

"There were some confusing calls," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Though Columbus has struggled to score goals - Rick Nash has 18 and Nikolai Zherdev 12, but no other Blue Jacket has more than five - Pascal Leclaire has kept them in most every game.

Leclaire is 10-6-3 in 21 starts and leads the league with six shutouts. His goals-against average (2.02) and save percentage (.927) are among the league's best.

Those statistics are more impressive considering he hasn't won in his last five starts as the Blue Jackets have struggled offensively, scoring just 10 times in those games. Leclaire was pulled during the team's one win in that stretch, the victory over Colorado, after allowing three second-period goals.

Columbus' 77 goals are among the fewest in the West.


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Manny Malhotra will play on Wednesday. Malhotra was sidelined with a knee injury. Columbus is looking forward to having Malhotra and teammate Jiri Novotny back in the lineup to help kill penalties. Jiri Novotny will play in Wednesday's game. He suffered a concussion on November 23 and hasn't played since. - Columbus Dispatch

Bronx33
12-12-2007, 04:00 PM
Joe Sakic - Andrew Brunette - Wojtek Wolski

Ryan Smyth - Paul Statsny - Milan Hejduk

Bronx33
12-12-2007, 10:03 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Fredrik Norrena stopped 15 shots, and the Columbus Blue Jackets relied on their defense to beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Wednesday night.

It was the second time in a week the Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche, a first for the franchise that was 2-21-2 against Colorado before the back-to-back wins.

Kris Beech, Jared Boll, Manny Malhotra and Sergei Fedorov scored, but the Blue Jackets went more than 14 minutes without a shot and mustered only one in the second period. The teams finished with 16 each.

High-scoring Colorado, coming off a 9-5 win over St. Louis on Monday, was stifled in the offensive zone by an aggressive, checking Columbus defense. Ben Guite scored the Avalanche goal, with the line of Ryan Smyth, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk going scoreless after piling up 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in five games.

Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock earned his 450th NHL victory in his 850th career game. He is 450-289-111 with Dallas, Philadelphia and Columbus, including 42-40-11 in slightly over a season with the Blue Jackets.

Just like when they met last week, the Blue Jackets scored first. Midway through the opening period, Dan Fritsche dug the puck out of the corner and skated along the back boards. Malhotra crashed the net, skating along the goal line, a step ahead of a defender. Fritsche passed to him, and Malhotra chipped the puck high over goaltender Jose Theodore's shoulder for his fifth of the season.

Both teams scored on their first shots of the second period - also Columbus' only shot of the frame. Despite the offensive firepower on both teams, the goals came from unlikely sources.

The Avalanche tied it on Guite's second of the season, off a nifty pass from Andrew Brunette. John-Michael Liles flipped the puck on net and it deflected to Brunette left of the goal. He faked a shot before saucering a pass to Guite at 3:07.

Boll scored his third - and first goal and point in 22 games - when he took a drop pass from Curtis Glencross and zipped a hard slap shot from between the circles off the leg of defenseman Scott Hannan to make it 2-1 at 11:32.

Colorado applied pressure at the outset of the third, but Beech came up with a big goal to stretch the lead to two.

Fedorov added an empty-netter.

Notes: The Blue Jackets activated C Jiri Novotny (concussion) from the injured list. He had missed eight games. ... The one shot by the Blue Jackets in the second period was a season low. ... The combined 32 shots was the lowest total ever in a Blue Jackets game. ... Hejduk's seven-game point streak ended, as did Columbus RW Nikolai Zherdev's five-game goal streak.

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Despite having one of the league's highest-scoring offenses, the Colorado Avalanche have struggled to put together any kind of winning streak over the last month. Their frustrating play on the road has been a big reason why.

The Avalanche try to avoid consecutive losses on the road when they visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday in the opener of a home-and-home series between the teams.

Colorado (16-13-1) is just a few days removed from its first consecutive wins since early November. The Avalanche won a pair of games at home over the weekend, following a 2-1 Friday night victory over Philadelphia with a season high in goals on Sunday, when they best St. Louis 9-5.

But playing well at home, where the Avalanche are 12-3-0 this season, has not been a problem. Winning on the road has been a different story, as evidenced by Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to Columbus that dropped Colorado to 4-10-1 away from home, including 2-6-0 in its last eight games there.

The Avalanche have scored 32 goals in 15 road games - barely half their total of 60 goals in the same number of games at the Pepsi Center.

The futility on offense continued Wednesday night, when Colorado managed a season-low 16 shots and Ben Guite scored the only goal against the Blue Jackets. Milan Hejduk had only one shot on net, and saw a seven-game scoring streak during which he'd tallied 14 points come to an end.

"There weren't many scoring chances, there weren't many shots," Hejduk said. "It was kind of a frustrating game."

Colorado has also been frustrated recently in Nashville, where it is 1-3-2 in its last six visits, including a 4-1 loss on Oct. 4. The Predators have won the last two meetings overall in the series, and nine of 13 matchups dating to the 2003-04 season.

However, the Predators (14-12-2) come into Thursday's game having dropped three of their last four, including a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday in which Martin Gelinas provided Nashville's only offense.

The Predators failed to take advantage of seven power-play opportunities, and are just 1-for-25 with the man advantage over their last four games.

"We had lots of chances on the power play, but we just couldn't close the deal," coach Barry Trotz told the team's official Web site. "There were a couple of power plays where we had nearly two minutes of zone time, we just couldn't put it in the back of the net."

Dan Ellis recorded 33 saves but suffered his second consecutive loss after opening the season with a 6-0-0 record. He has never faced Colorado, while teammate Chris Mason is 4-1-0 lifetime with a 1.60 goals-against average against the Avalanche.

These teams meet again on Saturday in Denver.

Bronx33
12-14-2007, 11:11 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -From the opening faceoff it was apparent the first team to score was going to win.

Neither team scored until the third period, before the Ryan Smyth and Ian Laperriere led the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

"I thought it was a very complete game," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was a heck of a battle. ... I know there were a lot of scoring chances, but every time the puck was challenged. Every scrum was intense. The first goal was a big one."

Smyth broke the scoreless tie at 4:58 of the third, firing a slap shot from outside of the left circle that went into the net and between the legs of Predators goalie Chris Mason.

"Obviously, getting a lead at that stage of the game was important to us," Quenneville said. "We needed a road win."

Laperriere scored from the front edge of the crease at 16:45.

"I just stayed in from of the net and Jaroslav Hlinka gave it to me there," Laperriere said. "I just chipped it in. It was a heck of a play."

Colorado goalie Peter Budaj came within 21 seconds of his first shutout of the season before Alexander Radulov beat him to the stick side from the middle of the slot. The Predators also had another close play in the closing seconds as J.P Dumont missed Jason Arnott with a pass as he stood in front of the net.

"It would have been nice to get a shutout, but the most important thing is that Nashville did not score a second goal" Budaj said. "I think they had a big chance right there at the end."

Neither team scored in the first two periods as the Avalanche outshot the Predators 21-16.

"The puck just isn't bouncing our way right now," Nashville's Vernon Fiddler said. "We have to keep moving forward and keep doing the things we're doing and the puck will start finding the back of the net."

It appeared that the Predators had scored at the 12:24 mark of the second period.

Radek Bonk sent a backhand into the crease that bounced off Budaj. Bonk shoveled the rebound between the pads of Budaj, but the goal was waved off because the play had been whistled dead. A video review confirmed the call.

"I'm going to have to get clarification on that," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "They said they were in the process of blowing the whistle, and I was told there was a push of the goalie. There are a number of different scenarios, but if you really look at it, the puck goes in there very quickly.

"Radek really had nothing to do with the goal other than putting the puck on the net. But they said they blew the whistle. I'm still not understanding the rule."

Notes: Smyth's goal ended a five-period scoreless streak for the Avalanche against the Predators and Mason this season. ... Martin Erat, the Predators' leader in points and assists missed the game with a neck injury. ... The Predators and Avalanche face each other again in Denver on Saturday night. Scott Nichol will return to the Predators lineup Saturday after serving a five-game suspension.

Bronx33
12-14-2007, 11:04 PM
Just a rumor

Colorado Avalanche: The recent struggles of goalies Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj has some observers suggesting Avs management could soon be in the market for an upgrade between the pipes. Defenseman John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, has recently been suggested as trade bait.

phillybroncosnut
12-15-2007, 12:19 AM
An Avs fan on the Flyers board posed that question to Flyer fans. He asked if we thought this was a good proposal:

Liles, Arnason, Svatos, and a second round pick for
Nittymaki and Coburn

No way can we give up Coburn.

Here is the link to the thread (I'm not sure if you have to register or not to read it:

http://forums.philadelphiaflyers.com/index.php?showtopic=2927

Bronx33
12-15-2007, 04:15 PM
I don't see svatos going anywhere but we need a legit starting goaltender big time.

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The Colorado Avalanche have been of the better home teams in the NHL over the past few seasons. That hasn't been the case when they've hosted the Nashville Predators.

Colorado looks to sweep a home-and-home series from Nashville when the teams meet at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.

Since 2002-03, the Avs have gone 99-52-14 with 14 ties at home, including a 12-3-0 mark this season. But against Nashville during that span, they've won just twice in eight meetings in Denver.

The Predators won 4-2 on April 7 in their most recent trip to the Pepsi Center.

Colorado (17-13-1), though, did win 2-1 in Nashville on Thursday night in the opener of this home-and-home set. The game was scoreless heading into the third period before Ryan Smyth scored his 10th goal of the season at the 4:58 mark, and Ian Laperriere gave the Avs some breathing room when he scored with 3:15 remaining.

Smyth's goal ended a five-period scoreless streak for the Avs against the Predators (14-13-2) and goalie Chris Mason this season.

The win was the Avs' third in four games, while Nashville lost for the fourth time in five contests.

"I thought it was a very complete game," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was a heck of a battle. ... I know there were a lot of scoring chances, but every time the puck was challenged. Every scrum was intense. The first goal was a big one."

Avs goalie Peter Budaj was on the verge of recording his first shutout of the season, but Alexander Radulov scored with 21 seconds left. The Predators almost tied the game in the closing seconds, but J.P Dumont missed Jason Arnott with a pass as he stood in front of the net.

"It would have been nice to get a shutout, but the most important thing is that Nashville did not score a second goal," Budaj said. "I think they had a big chance right there at the end."

The Predators are struggling on offense, having scored just five times during their last four defeats.

"The puck just isn't bouncing our way right now," left wing Vernon Fiddler said. "We have to keep moving forward and keep doing the things we're doing and the puck will start finding the back of the net."

Nashville thought it found the back of the net in the second period Thursday, but Radek Bonk's goal between Budaj's pads was waved off because the play had been whistled dead. A video review confirmed the call.

"I'm going to have to get clarification on that," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "They said they were in the process of blowing the whistle, and I was told there was a push of the goalie. There are a number of different scenarios, but if you really look at it, the puck goes in there very quickly.

"Radek really had nothing to do with the goal other than putting the puck on the net. But they said they blew the whistle. I'm still not understanding the rule."

Veteran center Scott Nichol will return to the Predators lineup Saturday after serving a five-game suspension for delivering a blow to the head of Montreal's Patrice Brisebois on Dec. 1.

Side notes:

Joe Sakic is on the injured list because of a groin injury and has missed the past seven games. Tyler Arnason, who hasn't scored in the past 15 games he has played, has been bothered by a wrist injury and was held out of a 2-1 win Thursday night at Nashville. With Sakic and Arnason out, Jaroslav Hlinka is getting an opportunity to play his natural position.

Quenneville loved the option of moving Hlinka back to center.

"He had a real good game," Quenneville said. "He made two real nice plays on the goals and I liked his presence around the rink and you noticed his speed and his patience with the puck.

"We have a couple center men out and we were going to try some things. He's played a couple games and shifts at center during games and it was nice to see him do a good job."

Injuries: Nashville - LW Steve Sullivan (back) is on injured reserve. Colorado - C Joe Sakic (groin) and D Kurt Sauer (neck) are on injured reserve; C Tyler Arnason (wrist) is out.

Sidelight: Avalanche defensemen have accounted for 29 points in the past 12 games but have gone without a point in the past two games.

Notes: Colorado beat the Predators 2-1 on Thursday night in Nashville. . . . Smyth has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the past seven games. . . . The line of Stastny, Smyth and Hejduk has combined for 31 points in the past seven games. . . . The Avalanche is 12-3-0 at home this season. . . . Brunette has played in 402 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the NHL. . . . Colorado has allowed only six power- play goals in the past 13 games. . . . The Avalanche is 12-1 when scoring the first goal of the game. . . . In the past five games, the Nashville power play has gone 1-for-27.

Bronx33
12-16-2007, 11:16 AM
DENVER (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche had a slow start and never really cranked up the offense.

In the end, none of it really mattered.

Paul Stastny and Marek Svatos scored second-period goals to lead the Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Stastny has 29 points (11 goals and 18 assists) in Colorado's 16 home games. Justin Leopold added his first goal of the season for the Avalanche, 4-1 in their last five games.

"I think we played on our heels a little bit," Stastny said. "They came out hard in the first, and (goalie Peter) Budaj played well and we weathered that storm."

The Avalanche were outshot 17-5 in the first period and 32-16 overall - a season-low output for Colorado.

"We weren't at the pace that was needed, and we gradually got into it," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "Scoring certainly helped."

Budaj kept his team in the game by making 31 saves.

"They came out really hard, especially in the first period," Budaj said. "They took a lot of shots, even from bad angles, and created a lot of chances. Thank God I was able to make saves."

Martin Gelinas scored the lone goal for Nashville, which lost its third straight. The Predators were beaten at home by Colorado 2-1 on Thursday.

Chris Mason made 13 saves for Nashville.

Nashville, which owns the NHL's second worst power play, went 0-for-2. Colorado, fifth from the bottom, was 0-for-4.

The Predators failed to convert on their two power plays in a scoreless first period. Jordin Tootoo had Nashville's best scoring chance, a short-handed breakaway, but his shot from the slot was easily smothered by Budaj.

"That's the third game in a row where we did all the right things, played at a high energy level and walk away with a loss," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We are ringing posts, missing wide-open nets and have nothing to show for it."

Stastny put the Avalanche ahead 1-0 with a one timer from the slot that got past Mason's glove at 4:06 of the second period. Stastny's 14th of the season was set up by Ryan Smyth's pass from the boards and came on Colorado's sixth shot of the game.

"It was a nice play by Smitty to look me off the first time I got open, and faked the slapper," Stastny said. "Then, he threw it across to me, and it froze Mason a little bit, so I just put it into the top of the net."

Svatos made it 2-0 at 14:50 of the period, on a rebound of his own shot for his 10th goal.

Gelinas sent a backhander under Budaj's glove at 15:43 of the second period for Nashville to make it 2-1. Budaj had stopped shots by Marek Zidlicky and Scott Nichol.

"We're squeezing our sticks too tightly," Tootoo said. "Sooner or later the goals have to come. Our shots have to start going into the net."

The Avalanche nearly scored early in the third period when Mason deflected a shot by Cody McCormick off the right post.

Leopold got the puck past Mason with a slap shot from the right circle at 10:53 to give Colorado a 3-1 lead. The Avalanche had a 6-on-5 skating advantage due to a delayed penalty on Nichol.

Notes: Nashville's RW Martin (neck strain) will rejoin the team in Minnesota on Monday. ... The start of the game was delayed briefly by a malfunctioning goal light. ... Avalanche captain Joe Sakic missed his eighth straight game due to a groin injury. ... D John-Michael Liles limped off the ice late in the first period, but returned in the second.

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Hoo boy, what the hell is going on with the Avalanche? They're running consistent offensive lines, solid defensive pairings, and they're getting extremely consistent goaltending. They've won five of their last six games including two of the last three on the road. It's like some other team has been out on the ice in those horrendous new uniforms.

Tonight Colorado faces the Los Angeles Ducks Of Anaheim or something like that in the second of a two-game road swing that began on Monday with a win over the Kings. The Los Angeles Kings of Los Angeles.

The Ducks have struggled most of the season, but everyone seems to believe that they'll be Cup-winners again just because some old guy named Niedermayer got off his ass and realized the season started like two months ago and he forgot to show up for it. How would you like to be Wyatt Smith, playing as hard as you possibly can for months and still getting sent down to the minors while a guy like Scott Niedermayer can sit around for months doing nothing and then, when he decides he's ready, his top-level NHL team just lets him right back into the roster. I'm not trying to equate the skill levels of Smith and Niedermayer or anything, but you see my point. It rules to be Scott and sucks to be Wyatt.

At any rate, the Ducks haven't done a lot of goal-scoring this year. They've managed just 86, compared to Colorado's 101 in two fewer games. How a d-man (even a skilled one) is going to really turn that around is beyond my knowledge. The Avs aren't going to make it any easier for Anaheim to score, either, since Peter Budaj will be in net again for his fourth straight start, and he's been like a brick wall lately.

While it's great that Boots is getting some consistent starts for once (and excelling like we all knew he would), you just know that if he loses tonight it will be Jose Theodore in goal on Friday against the Rangers. Even though Budaj has been better all-around all season, and even though it's two full days between games, and even though it defies all logic whatsoever, you just know that one loss will be enough for Coach Q to bench Budaj like his name was Scott Parker.

Let me explain why this is stupid in just one word: pressure. Budaj must know that if he loses a game, even if it's not really his fault (I'm looking at you, Hannan), he won't play again for a while. Boots handles pressure very well in general, but after a while it will nag at him and cause him to over-play. When he does that, he'll start giving up Theodore-esque softies.

Coach Q, if you're reading this, Peter Budaj is the starting goaltender of the Colorado Avalanche. He should know he will play every game, win or lose, with the exception of scheduled rest days. Not one-and-done, not play-until-you-lose. Coach Q, you're ruining one of the team's best young assets, and burning the fan's asses, too. Knock it off already.

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Jordan Leopold is hurt — again.

Continuing what has been an unbelievable streak of bad medical luck, the Avalanche defenseman will not play Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks because of a cut on his thigh.

The injury, which happened last week in practice, was aggravated during Monday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Leopold flew back to Denver today to be further examined by Avs medical staff. Team director of communications Jean Martineau said the cut will be stitched up and that Leopold probably would need at least a few days of healing time before skating.

Last week after he returned from missing several weeks with a fractured wrist, Leopold was cut from a teammate's skate blade. It was not considered serious enough to keep him out at the time, but Avs coach Joel Quenneville said after today's practice in Anaheim that Leopold aggravated the cut against the Kings. Quenneville did not say how long Leopold would be sidelined, but indicated it shouldn't be long.

Leopold missed most of last season with hernia and wrist injuries, then suffered another fractured wrist early this season.

The Avs will use six defensemen against the Ducks, and will insert rookie forward Cody McLeod into the lineup, for his first NHL game.

Just a little picture for 24...:welcome:

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Meck77
12-20-2007, 02:07 PM
Anyone have an info on tix? I plan on going to the game tomorrow. Cheaper to buy tix on the streets or online?

Bronx33
12-20-2007, 05:53 PM
Anyone have an info on tix? I plan on going to the game tomorrow. Cheaper to buy tix on the streets or online?

(try Craigslist) i hear it's a great place to score tickets

Bronx33
12-21-2007, 06:10 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/images/stories/20020912/nhl_avalanche_smllogo_46140.gif Neither Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth practiced Thursday, and it was revealed Sakic, in fact, has not skated since Saturday, his groin injury feeling sorer. Smyth, meanwhile, was awaiting word on further tests on a neck injury that apparently was so severe he couldn't move his head in any direction without sharp pain. Neither will play tonight against the New York Rangers. Instead, the Avs will ice a lineup with five rookies who started the season at Lake Erie of the American Hockey League... Defenceman Jordan Leopold did not practice because of a thigh laceration. But Quenneville said he should be back soon. To add forward depth, the Avs called up rookie David Jones from Lake Erie...Brad Richardson continues to be out day-to-day with a shoulder injury. Defenceman Jordan Leopold (thigh laceration) is recovering well, the team said, but is unlikely to play tonight against the Rangers. - Denver Post

Bronx33
12-21-2007, 06:20 PM
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Little has kept the Colorado Avalanche from winning recently. An increasing injury list, though, might.

The Avalanche will be short-handed again at the Pepsi Center on Friday night as they look for their seventh straight win over the New York Rangers.

Colorado captain Joe Sakic will miss his 11th straight game with a groin injury, and doesn't seem close to returning.

"Joe hasn't skated. He tried it there Saturday and he knew it wasn't right," Avs coach Joel Quenneville told the team's official Web site. "That was his test and kind of gave himself a baseline to figure out where he's at, but he's not ready to get on the ice yet."

Sakic, who has spent his entire 19-year career with the Colorado franchise, had missed just one game in three seasons before this injury. The Avalanche (19-13-2) also played their last game, a 2-1 overtime loss to Anaheim on Wednesday, without left wing Ryan Smyth and defenseman Jordan Leopold

Neither is expected to suit up Friday.

Leopold had missed 21 games with an injured wrist, but after returning for just three games, is now suffering from a cut on his leg. Smyth, tied with Milan Hejduk for second on the team with 28 points, is day-to-day with a stiff neck.

Before the injury, the line of Smyth, Hejduk and Paul Stastny had combined for 16 goals and 22 assists in nine games. Stastny leads Colorado with 15 goals and 26 assists this season.

The Avs had won three in a row and five of six before losing to Anaheim. Goalie Peter Budaj will likely earn his fifth straight start for Colorado on Friday, having allowed two or fewer goals in each of the past four games.

"He looks quick. He's anticipating well and his rebound control has been very efficient," Quenneville said. "He's following the puck, tracking it very well."

Budaj has never faced the Rangers.

Colorado, which is opening a four-game homestand, has won three in a row there to improve to 13-3-0 in Denver this season.

The Avs have played the Rangers (17-14-3) just once since 2003, winning 2-1 at Madison Square Garden in December 2005. Colorado has won six straight against New York since January 2002.

The Rangers lost 6-3 to Minnesota on Thursday, allowing five goals to Marian Gaborik and falling to 2-5-1 in their last eight. After making 18 saves to shut out Pittsburgh Tuesday, New York's Henrik Lundqvist again faced 18 shots, but was pulled in the third period after allowing six goals.

In his last six games, Lundqvist has allowed at least four goals in four losses but also recorded two shutout wins. Backup Stephen Valiquette has seen action in four of the past seven games.

"When you let in (that many) goals it's never fun, it's always tough," Lundqvist said. "You have to look at the goals, too. Is it me? Is it just a great performance by their guys? Then you just move on. Sometimes the key is not to think too much."

The Rangers have played back-to-back games just four times this season, going 1-3-0.

Rangers center Chris Drury played his first four seasons in Colorado, but hasn't visited Denver as an opponent in more than two years. He's scored a goal in each of his last two visits, both while playing for Buffalo.

LW Sean Avery won't play tonight at Colorado and is unlikely to make his return from Nov. 29 arthroscopic wrist surgery until Dec. 26 vs. Carolina... D Marek Malik was scratched for the fifth time in six games. LW Marcel Hossa sat out his second straight, still not back to full strength after a bout with the flu. - New York Daily News

phillybroncosnut
12-21-2007, 09:06 PM
Hey Bronx.... Whats up with the lack of Avs fans here? I remember the last few years there being much more then 1 poster on the Avs thread. What happened to that chick that used to hate Forsberg after he left?

It's shocking to me that the most represented hockey team on this site is the Flyers and then the Pens.
Sup wit dat?

Bronx33
12-22-2007, 09:37 AM
DENVER (AP) -No Joe Sakic. No Ryan Smyth. No worries.

Wojtek Wolski tapped in the winning shot 1:16 into overtime, and Milan Hejduk scored twice in the Colorado Avalanche's 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

It was the Avalanche's seventh straight victory over the Rangers, who haven't beaten Colorado since a 5-3 win on Nov. 20, 2001, at Madison Square Garden. New York hasn't won in Denver since 1998.

"You can't replace Sakic and Smyth," Wolski said. "We miss them a lot."

But the Avs are persevering without their stars. Sakic missed his 11th game since injuring his groin Nov. 30 at San Jose, and Smyth sat out his second straight game because of stiffness in his neck.

The tandem has combined for 18 goals and 32 assists this season. When asked how the team could make up for missing Smyth and Sakic, defenseman Scott Hannan smiled and said, "You don't."

Hejduk and Paul Stastny are certainly trying to fill their shoes. Hejduk scored both his second-period goals on assists from Stastny.

"It was time for someone else to pick it up. They did a nice job," Wolski said.

Wolski just happened to be in the proper place at the proper time on the game winner. Jeff Finger gathered up a loose puck in the Rangers' zone and fired a shot at Henrik Lundqvist, who had the puck trickle through his pads. Wolski simply knocked it in for his 12th goal of the season.

"I was changing and trying to get into the play," Finger explained. "The puck happened to bounce out to me. I had so much time - almost too much time. I hit the shot as hard as I could."

Rangers coach Tom Renney chalked up the overtime goal to a slow line change.

"They jumped off their bench awfully early on their line change, and we weren't astute enough to do the same thing," Renney said. "We were too late to pick anybody up."

Marek Svatos tied it at 3 midway through the third period. Svatos got the puck in front of the net, fanned on his first attempt, composed himself and knocked it in for his 11th goal of the season.

Brendan Shanahan, Michal Rozsival and Marc Staal scored for the Rangers, coming off a 6-3 loss in Minnesota the night before in which Wild forward Marian Gaborik scored five goals.

Peter Budaj stopped 20 shots, including a sliding save to thwart a shot from Fedor Tyutin with 4 minutes remaining. Budaj said that while the Rangers didn't have a large quantity of shots, they were quality chances.

"It was tougher than it looked," Budaj said. "They have great players everywhere."

Scott Gomez and Martin Straka each had two assists for the Rangers.

The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, but the Rangers answered with goals from Rozsival and Staal, which came 1:05 apart.

Jaromir Jagr had an assist on Rozsival's goal, giving the Czech star 926 for his career. He's tied with Stan Mikita for 15th place on the career assists list.

Shanahan scored his 639th goal in the first period, leaving him one behind Dave Andreychuk for 11th place on the career list. Shanahan leads all active goal scorers.

Chris Drury was credited with an assist on Shanahan's goal, giving him five points in nine career games against his former team. Drury spent his first four seasons playing for the Avalanche.

Colorado missed multiple opportunities to score in the opening period, including a breakaway by Svatos on a 4-minute power play that came courtesy of a high-sticking call on Rozsival.

New York also withstood a 5-on-3 power play by Colorado late in the first period. Lundqvist turned back a point-blank shot by Stastny, which was the Avalanche's best scoring chance during the two-man advantage that lasted 1:43.

"We were lucky to have the lead after the first," Lundqvist said. "They are a good team, no question - a lot of speed. It felt like they were flying. We worked really hard, but it felt like they were a little better than us tonight."

And that was without Sakic and Smyth.

Notes: Colorado assistant coach Tony Granato was drafted by the Rangers in 1982 and scored 36 goals in his rookie season, which is still a team record. ... D Jordan Leopold missed his second straight game due to a laceration on his right leg. ... New York LW Marcel Hossa missed his fourth game because of the flu. ... Colorado is 14-3-0 at the Pepsi Center this season. ... Hejduk had his fourth multigoal game of the season.

Bronx33
12-22-2007, 09:40 AM
Hey Bronx.... Whats up with the lack of Avs fans here? I remember the last few years there being much more then 1 poster on the Avs thread. What happened to that chick that used to hate Forsberg after he left?

It's shocking to me that the most represented hockey team on this site is the Flyers and then the Pens.
Sup wit dat?


Iam not sure where that chick went she did have a son in iraq so iam really hoping nothing bad happened i have PMd her with no response.When football ends we should see some more folks around here (iam guessing)

Bronx33
12-22-2007, 10:40 AM
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(http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_7780327)

The medical news regarding Avalanche winger Ryan Smyth seemed to be positive today.

Smyth has a strained neck, the Avs said, and it is hoped the star left winger will be out of the lineup for only a few more days.

That is the hope, anyway.

But the Avs said tests on Smyth's neck did not indicate anything more serious than a strain. He will not play tonight against the New York Rangers, nor will captain Joe Sakic and four other regulars because of injury. Sakic will miss his 11th straight game because of a groin injury, and he did not skate today.

Rookie David Jones, recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League Thursday, will play his first NHL game against the Rangers.

Bronx33
12-22-2007, 10:47 AM
We had a foot now we have a finger... ;D

By Adrian Dater
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 12/20/2007 12:47:46 AM MST

Denver Post sports writer Adrian Dater posts his Avs Mailbag every Thursday during the 2007-08 NHL season on DenverPost.com.

To drop an Avalanche- or NHL-related question into the Avs Mailbag click here or visit DenverPost.com's Avalanche Page.

Adrian - All I keep hearing is praise about Jeff Finger. Yet every time I see him play, all I notice is how slow he is. He gets beat night after night one-on-one - and now, as I speak, he just tried to juke out two Blue Jacket players and instead he gives it away, and the Blue Jackets capitalize. I've seen this happen a lot; even if the opposing team doesn't always score, it gets chances. Am I the only one who thinks Finger is a liability on D?
-- Rob, Texas

Sorry, Rob, gotta disagree with you on this one. Finger was a plus-10 entering Wednesday night's game in Anaheim, second best on the team. He's one of the few Avs D-men who really can and will hit hard. His speed might not be the fastest in the league, but I've liked what I've seen so far, and I know Joel Quenneville does, too.

Incidentally, Finger can be an unrestricted free agent next year, and don't think for a second many teams haven't noticed him and might not offer him a very nice contract come July.

Adrian - I'm sure you have been hearing the rumors as I have that, with the emergence of Mike Smith and Dallas, the Stars might consider trading Marty Turco. Do you think the Avs would try to make a deal for him? And do you think Turco would waive his no-trade clause to come here?
-- Bryan, Seattle

Bryan - No, I don't see Turco coming here. The Avs would have to, most likely, get Dallas to take Jose Theodore as part of that deal, and I don't see that happening.

I would be wary, if I were Dallas, of trading Turco and just relying on Smith. Granted,
Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger entered Wednesday night's game at Anaheim with seven points and a plus-10. (Post file)
Turco has a poor playoff history, but he's always gotten the Stars to the playoffs, at least. Smith is still unproven in many ways.

TSN of Canada had Turco possibly going to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis - and if I were Dallas, I'd take that deal in a second. So, we'll see, but it does look likely that the Stars are trying to get something for Marty.

Hey, Adrian. Was it my imagination, or did the Avalanche wear its home jerseys in Columbus the night it blew the 3-1 lead?
-- Ed Clark, Salida

Ed - Yes they were. I don't have the exact reason as to why, but they were. It could have been for any number of reasons. Sometimes teams have equipment problems for one reason or another. There was a game in Nashville last season when the Avs forgot their uniforms and had to have them flown in at the last second. They took the ice for warmups in practice jerseys, and almost had to play the game in them.

Regarding that question you answered on why younger players are having so much success in the NHL early on, would you agree that it's also the new rules? With less clutching and grabbing, it is less of a physical hurdle for rookies to overcome.
-- Howard Chan, London

Yes, Howard, I'd agree with that. Although, it's becoming harder to score again, with teams basically telling players to be five goalies in front of the their regular goalie
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now, and block as many shots as they can and collapse around the goalie. But there's no question that there is more freedom to skate with the puck now, without constant hooks from behind or tugs on the jersey.

Adrian - Everyone is talking about Scott Hannan's minus-14, but what about Joe Sakic's minus-6 (second worst on the team)?! Now I know Joe always changes gears and turns up the heat in January and through the end of the year, but is this going to be the first year where he does not lead the Avs in points (take away one or two to Mr. Forsberg)? Is this the beginning of a decline in yearly production (less than a point per game)? Thanks!
-- Doris C. Doria, Arvada

Doris - Father Time gets us all at some point. So, yeah, this could be the beginning of the end for Super Joe. But let's hold our hearses just a bit here.

He still was close to a point a game when he got hurt. Not bad for a 38-year-old. A lot of players had bad plus-minuses on the team, until a recent winning streak.

I think Sakic's going to be fine in the second half, provided he's healthy. He's always been a great second-half player, and let's not forget how good he was last year. So, keep the faith, hun.

How about the play of Kyle Cumiskey? The little guy lacks size, but he plays great D with his speed and positioning. That chase-down of Paul Kariya on Sunday was outstanding. What kind of future does he hold in Denver?
-- Mark, Florida

That was actually Jamal Mayers that he tracked down, something I wrote about in a story this week. He's fast all right, and it's a tremendous asset in this new league.

I really think he's got a good future with the Avs, but he must continue to work on his defensive game. He is small, so he's going to have to really use his speed to steal pucks and break up plays with poke checks and things like that.

Adrian, thanks for the mailbag; it's great to get an inside look on the Avs! I'm wondering, who is the "third" goalie in case both goalies go down during a game? I think Eric Messier used to be the go-to guy back when we had Patrick Roy and Craig Billington, but who is it now? Cheers!
-- Suzan "Suz" Mabeate, Denver

Suzan - I asked around a bit, and the consensus seems to be that either Brett Clark or Karlis Skrastins could do the job in a pinch. Clark and Skrastins block a lot of shots, so it wouldn't be too foreign to them, trying to do that with pads on.

Bronx33
01-01-2008, 02:53 PM
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Avalanche again will be at the mercy of a doctor's prognosis today, when the condition of one of Ryan Smyth's ankles will be determined. Early indications, however, are not good.

Smyth needed help from two Avalanche teammates to get from his locker stall to another room following Monday night's 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix.

X-ray results won't be known until today, but Smyth's availability for Wednesday's rematch with Phoenix seems highly doubtful. Smyth took a couple of big hits in the game, but how he hurt himself was not known. Smyth was not available for comment.

Quenneville hot.

Although he would not comment on the officiating after the game — and risk a fine from the NHL — Avs coach Joel Quenneville was not happy with some of the work of referees Don Koharski and Tom Kowal.

Quenneville stood on the bench and screamed after an interference call on Avs defender Scott Hannan in the third period, and waved his hand in disgust over a non-call with eight seconds left, after Cody McCormick clearly had his skate hooked out from under him, costing the Avs a power play in overtime.

Bargain of the year.

Maybe the best front-office move of 2007 in the NHL was Phoenix picking up goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers from Anaheim. The Russian has helped the Coyotes get to the .500 mark after a slow start.

"I think (Detroit general manager) Kenny Holland put it best: You've got to put in your hours, do your homework, and you've got to get a little lucky," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "In this case, we definitely got a little lucky."

Bronx33
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The Phoenix Coyotes are building mainly with young players as they attempt to rebound from four straight losing seasons. Making a few more trades like the one that brought them Radim Vrbata would speed up that process.

Vrbata and the Coyotes look to match a season high with their fifth straight road victory Wednesday night when they complete a home-and-home series against the Colorado Avalanche.

Phoenix (18-18-1) made what appeared to be a minor deal when it acquired Vrbata from Chicago on Aug. 11 in exchange for center Kevyn Adams. Vrbata had 14 goals in 77 games in his only full season with the Blackhawks, and never scored more than 18 in a season since doing it as a rookie with Colorado in 2001-02.

Vrbata, though, is on pace for the best season of his career, ranking first on the team with 16 goals and second with 28 points.

Adams, meanwhile, had one point in 15 games for Chicago before he was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Vrbata scored twice on the power play in regulation and netted the deciding goal in the shootout, lifting the Coyotes to a 4-3 victory Monday over the Avalanche (21-15-3).

"In recent games, I felt like the puck was not bouncing my way," Vrbata said. "It seemed to find my stick. As a player, you don't try and change anything. You just hope you're in the right place."

Steven Reinprecht also scored in regulation as Phoenix salvaged the final game of a four-game homestand after losing the first three.

"We have many good days ahead of us," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "There is a long road ahead of us, but there really is a light at the end of the tunnel."

Phoenix scored twice on the power play Monday after it was 2-for-21 with the man advantage in the previous five games.

"We really worked hard on the power play," Gretzky said. "We've tried to simplify it, and make sure everyone understands the responsibilities and the work ethic. Just as important is your skill level."

The Coyotes have won two of their last four meetings against the Avalanche - both in shootouts - after losing seven straight in the series.

Colorado had been 9-0-0 with one tie in its last 10 home games against Phoenix before that run ended with a 5-4 shootout loss on Jan. 26. The Avalanche haven't lost in regulation in 17 straight matchups with the Coyotes, dating to a 5-3 loss in Phoenix on March 30, 2002.

Monday's loss was the third straight for the Avalanche, matching a season high. They haven't dropped four in a row since Nov. 7-15, 2006.

"We'll take the point," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We're coming off two disappointing losses at home and down 3-1 in this one, getting the one point isn't too bad."

Although they have lost two straight at the Pepsi Center, the Avalanche still own one of the league's best home records (15-5-0).

Paul Stastny, tied for the team lead with 15 goals and Colorado's leader with 44 points, has no goals in his last six games. He has four goals and three assists in seven career games against the Coyotes.

Peter Budaj, who made 23 saves in regulation and overtime on Monday, is 6-0-2 with a 2.59 goals-against average in eight games against Phoenix.

24champ
01-02-2008, 07:51 PM
Av fans here is a proposal...

To Colorado: Rob Blake

To Los Angeles: 2008 First Round Pick/ 3rd Round pick and D-man Shattenkirk,

Bronx33
01-02-2008, 08:07 PM
no robby is on the tail end of his career i would love his leadership i just wouldn't fancy watching him ride into the sunset and lose potential talent for nothing, throw that bernier kid in and will talk ;D

24champ
01-03-2008, 12:46 AM
no robby is on the tail end of his career i would love his leadership i just wouldn't fancy watching him ride into the sunset and lose potential talent for nothing, throw that bernier kid in and will talk ;D

Bernier is untouchable, however take your pick of Aubin, Cloutier, Labarbera...and we'll call it a deal.;D

Bronx33
01-05-2008, 11:46 PM
DENVER (AP) -Marek Svatos scored 2:05 into overtime, helping the Colorado Avalanche snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Svatos gathered a loose puck in front of the net and backhanded a shot past Rick DiPietro.

DiPietro, wearing his new bright-white pads, turned aside 37 shots, including numerous point-blank opportunities by Colorado early in the game.

Jose Theodore finished with 23 saves.

New York couldn't take advantage of a high-sticking penalty on Ian Laperriere late in the third period that carried over into the opening minute of overtime.

Jordan Leopold tied it at 1 after sneaking a shot past DiPietro with 31.6 seconds remaining in the second period. It was Leopold's third goal of the season.

Tim Jackman scored his first early in the opening period when he got to a loose puck and beat Theodore with a shot over the right shoulder.

Colorado was the first stop on New York's five-game road swing.

Bronx33
01-06-2008, 01:08 PM
I have said this a hundred times only to see theo completely **** it up his next time at bat (he played really good)

Bronx33
01-07-2008, 05:01 PM
Bwwwaaaaahahahaha!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYe5dygwm6M)

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Their losing streak is over, but the Colorado Avalanche are still trying to break out of an offensive slump.

The Avalanche look to generate more scoring when they face the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL's best defensive team, at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

Colorado (22-16-3) ended a four-game skid Saturday, beating the New York Islanders 2-1 in overtime. The Avs, though, failed to score more than twice for the fourth time in five games and fell to 0-for-16 on the power play over their last five contests.

"It's a tough stretch without scoring," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Finishing has been the tough part."

Breaking out of that funk against the league-leading Red Wings (32-8-3) won't be easy. Detroit's 2.02 goals allowed per game is the lowest mark in the NHL, and the Wings rank among the league leaders in penalty killing with an 86.4 percentage.

The Red Wings have killed off 25 straight power-play chances over seven games.

The Avalanche's offensive woes are due in part to the absence of captain Joe Sakic, who had hernia surgery and hasn't played since Nov. 30, and forward Ryan Smyth, who hasn't played since Monday because of a fractured right ankle.

In addition, Paul Stastny, who leads the team with 44 points, has just three assists in his last eight games. Linemate Milan Hejduk hasn't recorded a point in six games and Andrew Brunette has gone five games without a goal.

Still, the Avalanche enter this game with some momentum following Saturday's win, which helped them avoid their first five-game losing streak in nearly 10 years. Marek Svatos, who leads the team with 16 goals, scored the winner and has six goals in his last seven games.

"Every game, I play a lot and I am getting lots of opportunities," Svatos said. "So, my confidence is going up."

Colorado's 47 points halfway through the season are its most since it had 53 in 2003-04.

The Avalanche ended a four-game losing streak in Detroit in their last game there, a 4-3 overtime victory March 4. Colorado, however, is 3-9-2 in it last 14 games overall against the Red Wings.

Quenneville said Theodore "is coming off a really strong game (against the Islanders), and I thought he played really well against Los Angeles the other day, too. He's got some momentum here, and let's give him an opportunity.

Why god WHY!! we are going to get killed.

Detroit has won three straight and seven of eight, including Sunday's 3-1 win in Chicago. Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson scored in the first period for the Red Wings, who have recorded at least three goals in all but two of their 32 wins.

"I thought we played a good game," coach Mike Babcock said. "We drove the net real hard in the first period and had some chances."

Zetterberg, who played his third game after missing five due to a back injury, has a point in each of his last eight games (five goals, eight assists).

"We played well in our own zone and picked off a lot of their passes in the slot. That might have been the key to the game," said Detroit's Chris Osgood, who made 19 saves and leads the league with a 1.68 goals-against average.

Along with the best overall record, Detroit owns the best home mark in the NHL at 17-3-1.

Smiling Assassin27
01-09-2008, 10:43 AM
Nice game by Jose Three or Four last night. If you can get Sauer back and maybe pick up a defensive anchor, you guys could be scary come playoff time when sakic and smyth are back.

Glad to see Babcork is trying to keep our big guns under 20 minutes a night now.

Props to Chelios for becoming the 2nd oldest fart to play in the NHL--that's actually quite a testament to him.

Bronx33
01-09-2008, 11:30 PM
theo with 3 good games in a row hopefully he can play his way right out of here and give us something in return.

DivineLegion
01-13-2008, 12:48 AM
They had a great thrid period vs the Canes...Congrats to the avs for a good game tonight.

24champ
01-13-2008, 02:51 AM
Just a little picture for 24...:welcome:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2154/2119644849_e38c81b45c_o.jpg

March 1st my friend....March 1st we will come into your house and embarrass the **** out of you guys.;D

Bronx33
01-13-2008, 11:23 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche had more problems than simply winning so far on this road trip. Scoring also was becoming in issue.

At least for everyone except Marek Svatos.

"He's been on fire lately," teammate Cody McLeod said. "He's been the only one that can score, it seems."

On Saturday night, Svatos got some timely help.

He capped a third-period rally with two goals in about 2 minutes, and the Avalanche rallied three times from two-goal deficits to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 in their first visit to Tobacco Road in exactly five years.
The Avalanche's Marek Svatos (40) shoots the puck past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, while being defended by the 'Canes Dennis Seidenberg, for the tying goal during the third period in Raleigh on Saturday. Svatos would put home the game winner a few minutes later. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlake)

The late goals gave Svatos nine goals in his past 10 games and helped the Avalanche stop a two-game losing streak.

McLeod, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk also scored, McLeod got his first career NHL assist and Colorado improved to 12-0-3 against Carolina.

Erik Cole, Keith Aucoin, Chad LaRose and Cory Stillman scored for the short-handed Hurricanes in their second loss in a row at home. They have only two victories in their past eight games, thanks mostly to injury list that goes six-deep. Those out include Matt Cullen, Justin Williams and Bret Hedican.

Still, Carolina controlled the first two periods and led 4-2 entering the final 20 minutes. That's when the game fell apart for the home team.

McLeod, called up from the AHL in December, got it started with good effort behind the net. Instead of centering the puck, he stuffed it over the left leg of goalie Cam Ward to make it 4-3, and Svatos took over from there.

"He has been scoring a lot of goals," Colorado coach Joel Queneville said. "And he doesn't need much of an opportunity."

First, Svatos reached around Carolina defenseman Niclas Wallin to poke in a rebound to tie the game, then grabbed another blocked shot to give the Avalanche the lead. Ward made a nice save but lost control of the puck, and Svatos was the first one there to put it through for the game winner.

"I got a couple of chances there in the third period and was able to put them in the net," Svatos said. "It was an open game, a crazy game. They made the most of their chances, but we came out skating hard in the third."

It was the kind of victory that can turn around a season; a loss such as this might have the opposite effect on the Hurricanes.

"Any loss is deflating," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "We let it get away. We had it 4-2 with 9 minutes to go and we let it get away. That's going to be a tough one to swallow."

The Hurricanes used Aucoin's second goal in two games to take a 2-0 lead in a first period highlighted by two fights. In the first, Carolina rookie Tim Conboy got tested on his first NHL shift by Colorado enforcer Scott Parker. Conboy led his minor league team in penalty minutes and held his own in his first tussle.

A couple of minutes later, Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore went at it with Cody McCormick, but this showdown was over in a matter of seconds.

The loss also spoiled Ward's first assist of the season, when he moved way out of the crease at the end of a power play to get the puck to Casey Borer. He passed to Stillman, who beat Theodore with a slap shot from just outside the right circle.

That one made it 4-2 before the Avalanche's comeback.

"It's pretty obvious what's going on," Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour said. "We're depleted, for sure, and we don't have a margin for error. It's going to be a dogfight all year and we know that."

Notes: During the first period, a promo during a timeout had the Hurricanes players coming up with their favorite NASCAR driver. Dale Earnhardt Jr. easily outdistanced Jeff Gordon in votes.

Bronx33
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The struggling Florida Panthers haven't had much of a home-ice advantage over the last two months. They've never had any kind of home-ice success against the Colorado Avalanche in their 14-year history.

The Panthers look to avoid losing their eighth straight home game against the Avalanche as they meet Sunday at Bank Atlantic Center.

After opening the season 5-2-0 at the Bank Atlantic Center, Florida (20-22-3) has a NHL-worst 4-9-2 home record since Nov. 9.

The Panthers lost their fifth straight home game on Saturday night, falling to Tampa Bay 5-3. They allowed a pair of second-period goals, and have been outscored 16-6 during their current skid.

"In the second period some guys didn't compete enough," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "(They) ended up costing us the game."

The Panthers have had even less home success against the Colorado franchise, going just 1-10-0 all-time against them at home. Florida has not beat the Colorado franchise since a 4-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques on April 22, 1995, at Miami Arena. The Nordiques became the Avalanche the next season, and the Panthers have lost seven straight games against the Colorado club.

These teams last met in Florida on Jan. 21, 2004, as the Avalanche won 6-5.

In their only meeting last season on Feb. 6, the Avalanche beat the Panthers 5-4 in overtime. Colorado has won three straight over Florida, and six of the last seven meetings.

The Avalanche (23-18-3) beat Carolina 5-4 on Saturday, snapping a four-game road losing streak.

Colorado entered Saturday' third period down 4-2 before rallying behind two goals from Marek Svatos in just over 2 minutes.

Svatos leads the Avalanche with 19 goals, and has nine scores in his last 10 games.

"He's been on fire lately," teammate Cody McLeod said. "He's been the only one that can score, it seems."

Paul Stastny added his 16th goal, ending a career-high 10-game goal-scoring drought.

Goaltender Jose Theodore stopped 30 shots on Saturday to pick up just his fifth win in his last 14 games. Theodore made 28 saves in last season's victory against Florida, his first game against the Panthers as a member of the Avalanche. He is 8-8-0 with three ties, a 2.41 goals-against average and two shutouts in his career against Florida.

Peter Budaj, who has posted a 2.97 GAA in losing his last three starts, has never faced the Panthers in his three-year career.

Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun, who was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Friday, stopped 20 shots on Saturday, and is just 1-6-0 with a 3.34 GAA since Dec. 28. Vokoun, in his first season with the Panthers, is 7-9-0 with one tie and a 3.21 GAA lifetime against the Avalanche.

Backup goalie Craig Anderson, who is just 1-4-1 with a 2.76 GAA, stopped 17-of-22 shots in just over 30 minutes in an 8-1 loss for Chicago in his only start against Colorado on March 22, 2003.

Florida captain Olli Jokinen scored his team-leading 22nd goal on Saturday, ending a six-game goal-scoring drought.

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The Colorado Avalanche are hoping their offensive struggles are behind them.

They'll be looking to wrap up their five-game road trip on a high note on Tuesday when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Avalanche (24-18-3) won 4-3 in a shootout in Florida on Sunday, a day after beating Carolina 5-4. Colorado had dropped seven of its previous eight games before the two wins, averaging just 1.6 goals over that span.

Colorado's offense has been hampered by injuries - forward Ryan Smyth has not played since Dec. 31 because of a broken ankle and captain Joe Sakic has been out since the end of November with a hernia. Neither is expected back for close to two months.

However, a number of the Avalanche's scorers have been slumping as well. Andrew Brunette had scored just one goal in 18 games before picking up two against the Panthers.

"It's nice to get a bounce here and there and have a decent night like that," said Brunette, who got his first multigoal game of the season. "Sometimes you have games where you get a little hot streak going."

Marek Svatos, who leads the Avalanche with 20 goals, also scored on Sunday and has seven goals in his last six games.

"It was overall a very tight game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "They kept coming back every period."

The Avalanche, who won for the second time on the five-game trip, will open a five-game homestand after Tuesday's game. Colorado, 8-12-3 on the road, had dropped four straight away from home before winning its last two.

Colorado is making its first trip to Tampa Bay since a 5-4 overtime win on Jan. 19, 2004. The Avalanche are just 3-8-1 on the road against the Lightning (17-23-5).

Tampa Bay, however, has lost four straight and seven of eight at home after starting the season 11-3-1 on its own ice. The Lightning have been outscored 17-6 in their last four at home.

They are coming off Saturday's 5-3 win over Florida - just their third in 14 games overall. Nick Tarnasky scored twice for the first time in 132 career games, and Brad Richards also had two goals.

"It's just exciting to be part of a win," said Tarnasky, who entered the game with just one goal this season. "I haven't had a night like that since my second year in the American (Hockey) League."

Tampa Bay allowed at least three goals for the 10th straight game and let Florida come within one of the lead before Richards scored into an empty net. The Lightning rank last in the league with 3.40 goals yielded per game.

"We had the game in total control but we continue to make things exciting," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella. "It's unbelievable how we just continue to keep teams in games."

Tampa Bay has scored five goals in each of its last two wins.

"Tonight the puck found my stick at the right time and I was able to get off good shots," Tarnasky said. "It's something I can build on now and hopefully get us going in the right direction."

Bronx33
01-15-2008, 10:09 PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Jose Theodore made 22 of his 32 saves in the third period, leading the Colorado Avalanche past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Theodore picked up his 24th career shutout, and first since Feb. 28, 2004, against Carolina. He had gone 109 games without recording a shutout.

Jeff Finger and and Paul Stastny had power-play goals for the Avalanche, who have won three games in a row. Milan Hejduk added an empty-net goal with 1:34 left.

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier was held without a point for the third straight games, his longest drought this season. The Lightning have lost 12 of 15.

Colorado's struggling power play converted its first opportunity when Finger snapped a personal 18-game goal-scoring drought at 5:30 of the second. The Avalanche entered with the second-worst power-play unit in the NHL, and had just one man-advantage goal in 29 chances over the previous nine games.

Stastny made it 2-0 with a rebound goal on Colorado's third power-play with 3:33 left in the second. It was the fifth time this season, and first since Dec. 9, that the Avalanche scored more than one power-play goal.

Colorado outshot Tampa Bay 20-10 through two, including 11-3 in the second. Theodore was rarely tested during the stretch, but did stop a high-slot shot by Brad Richards late in the second.

The Lightning's Karri Ramo kept his team within two by making a glove save on Tyler Arnason's shot from the low slot early in the third.

Tampa Bay had 10 of the first 12 shot during the opening six minutes of the third, but Theodore turned aside an in-close shot by Martin St. Louis.

Notes: It was also the first time this season Colorado had more than one power-play goal in a road game. ... There were two fights in the opening 1:51 of the game. ... This was the first time Colorado played in Tampa since a 5-4 overtime win over the Lightning on Jan. 19, 2004. ... Tampa Bay completed a swap of minor leaguers with Dallas, sending defenseman Dan Jancevski to the Stars for right wing Junior Lessard.

chadta
01-18-2008, 09:01 AM
stastny out 3 weeks after surgery (http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AmQb9Vmu3A9M7gkVloUsxjt7vLYF?slug=ap-avalanche-stastny&prov=ap&type=lgns)

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny had surgery to remove his appendix Thursday and will miss up to three weeks, including his first All-Star game on Jan. 27.

Stastny, the team's leading scorer, felt pain in his abdomen Thursday, and the team's medical staff determined he needed the appendectomy, trainer Matthew Sokolowski said.

Sokolowski said Stastny is expected to fully recover in two to three weeks.

Stastny would have been the seventh NHL player to follow his father in an All-Star game.

Stastny has never before missed an NHL game, appearing in all 82 during his rookie season and 46 this season.

He has 17 goals and 32 assists on the season.

The Avalanche recalled center T.J. Hensick from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.

Bronx33
01-18-2008, 05:59 PM
We can't get a break...

Bronx33
01-18-2008, 06:50 PM
The Lake Erie Monsters have signed left wing Jeff Friesen to a professional tryout (PTO) contract, General Manager David Oliver announced Tuesday.

Friesen is a seasoned NHL veteran, playing in 893 games over 13 years. The 31-year old Friesen amassed 218 goals and 298 assists for a total of 516 points in that time. He has played with five different NHL teams during his career (San Jose, Anaheim, New Jersey, Washington and Calgary). Friesen was the San Jose Sharks' 1st round choice (11th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He won the NHL’s most coveted prize, the Stanley Cup, with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

“It's a great opportunity for our young players to learn from a Stanley Cup Champion. It can only benefit our team to have Jeff’s leadership qualities in the locker room and on the ice,” said Monsters general manager David Oliver.

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The banged-up Colorado Avalanche are enjoying their third winning streak this season of at least three games. The current one, however, is their first since losing star forwards Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth to injuries.

The Avalanche look to match their longest win streak of the season Friday night, and they'll try to do it after losing yet another top player as they open a five-game homestand against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Already playing without Sakic, the best player in franchise history, the Avalanche were dealt another huge blow Jan. 3 when they learned Smyth, the team's third-leading scorer at the time with 28 points, would miss eight to 12 weeks with a broken right ankle.

Sakic, who hasn't played since Nov. 30, underwent hernia surgery last month and isn't expected back for close to two months.

The bad news kept coming for the Avalanche on Thursday. The team learned that center Paul Stastny, Colorado's leading scorer with 17 goals and 32 assists, had surgery to remove his appendix and will miss up to three weeks.

Stastny, who had appeared in 128 straight games to start his career, will miss the All-Star game Jan. 27 after being selected for the first time.

Colorado (25-18-3) lost three of its first four games without both Sakic and Smyth, but has rebounded to win three straight - all on the road.

Jose Theodore made 22 of his 32 saves in the third period, and Stastny had a goal and an assist as the Avalanche closed a five-game trip Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

It was Theodore's 24th career shutout, and first since Feb. 28, 2004, with Montreal. He had gone 109 games without recording a shutout.

"It feels like it's been a while, obviously," Theodore said. "Every time you enter a game, you always think about the shutout. You want to win, but when you look back, it's always a bonus. A shutout is really a team effort."

Theodore has been in net for all three wins during the current streak, posting a 2.27 goals-against average.

"I thought he was rock solid," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "He looks real sharp in this last stretch of games, and tonight was as good as we've seen him."

Without Sakic, Smyth and now Stastny, the Avalanche will continue to depend heavily on younger players. They have had six players make their NHL debuts this season, a number bettered only by Chicago (7).

Stastny scored one of Colorado's two power-play goals Tuesday, its first road game this season with more than one. The Avs were 1-for-17 on the power play in their previous six contests.

Colorado will face Patrick Lalime - Chicago's usual backup goaltender - after he won his second straight start Wednesday, 6-1 over St. Louis.

Lalime made 32 saves and rookie Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, leading the Blackhawks (21-21-4) to their second consecutive win following an eight-game skid (0-6-2).

"If he (Lalime) keeps winning, he'll keep playing," coach Denis Savard said. "He made some big saves when we needed them. He plays big in goal. He's been there before."

Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago's top netminder and highest-paid player, has a seven-game personal losing streak (0-6-1).

Kane, the NHL's leading rookie scorer with 43 points, had gone nine games without a goal.

"Hopefully we can start a little streak here to make up for our losing streak," Kane said. "It was a good all-around team win."

Kane and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist in Chicago's 5-3 home win over Colorado on Oct. 19.

This will be the first game for Sharp since he agreed to a four-year contract extension Thursday. Sharp already has career highs with 22 goals and 36 points in his third season with the Blackhawks, and leads the NHL with seven short-handed goals.



CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks forward Jason Williams will be out at least six weeks after surgery Friday to repair a sports hernia.

Williams has 19 points (7-12) in 20 games this season, including two game-winning goals.

Williams last played Nov. 28, getting an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning before injuring his groin.

Pendejo
01-19-2008, 09:17 PM
I'm really impressed with the play of the Cody Mac's...those two along with Guite, Parker, and the irreplaceable Ian "It's all about Lappy" Laperierre give the Avs a whole lot of toughness and grit.

It looks like Tay-o-door has finally found his confidence after a couple of years. He's looking really solid in his nets.

Am I the only Avs fan that thinks J.M. Liles is a very good NHL defenseman?

After a sluggish start Scott Hannan has really started to show why he was so hotly pursued last summer. Once he realized that he's not offense oriented his play picked up dramatically.

Marek Svatos is as streaky as they come. He did his best Scott Stevens impression last night with a huge check along the boards. His stats are somewhat concerning to me though. What does he have 20 goals, and 2 assists? Rick Nash put up something like 50 goals, and 50 something points a few years ago...but Svatos isn't even close to being in Nash's league. Sell high with that kid.

Finally...while I'll never forgive Andrew Brunette for scoring the goal that ended the great Patrick Roy's career...he has to be the most underrated player in the whole NH and L. He always works hard, and produces...especially when paired with Sakic. He's a slick passer, and surprisingly strong on the puck...and that goal he scored against the Cansucks awhile ago was tremendous.

Whoops. This is a rambling...silly post.

Bye bye.

Bronx33
01-19-2008, 09:44 PM
I'm really impressed with the play of the Cody Mac's...those two along with Guite, Parker, and the irreplaceable Ian "It's all about Lappy" Laperierre give the Avs a whole lot of toughness and grit.

Hes the only lanche throwing the body on every check hopefully his play spread through the team because his play can help this team through the rough spot we are going to see with all the injuries.


It looks like Tay-o-door has finally found his confidence after a couple of years. He's looking really solid in his nets.

Hopefully......

Am I the only Avs fan that thinks J.M. Liles is a very good NHL defenseman?

Hes great extremely solid and ont of the few D men we have that will jump into the play on O though he is very valuable as a trade but i hope he stays hes a franchise kinda guy if his play continues and gets better.

After a sluggish start Scott Hannan has really started to show why he was so hotly pursued last summer. Once he realized that he's not offense oriented his play picked up dramatically.

We seems to not be able to afford D men going in deep and we really have a problem cycling the puck out to the points for shot thus the decline in defensive points. We seem to always get caught in deep allowing the oddman rush.


Marek Svatos is as streaky as they come. He did his best Scott Stevens impression last night with a huge check along the boards. His stats are somewhat concerning to me though. What does he have 20 goals, and 2 assists? Rick Nash put up something like 50 goals, and 50 something points a few years ago...but Svatos isn't even close to being in Nash's league. Sell high with that kid.


I really think has alot to do with Qs system (it sucks) remember not to long ago svatos was in Qs doghouse for none production (well it's hard to score) when you not on the ice.

Finally...while I'll never forgive Andrew Brunette for scoring the goal that ended the great Patrick Roy's career...he has to be the most underrated player in the whole NH and L. He always works hard, and produces...especially when paired with Sakic. He's a slick passer, and surprisingly strong on the puck...and that goal he scored against the Cansucks awhile ago was tremendous.


Love the guy i always have (in a sports admiration way) ;D i was in the can when he scored that goal btw.


Whoops. This is a rambling...silly post.

Bye bye.


Stop by more often....:thumbsup:

Pendejo
01-19-2008, 10:31 PM
Stop by more often....:thumbsup:

By the Cody Mac's I meant both McCormick, and McCleod. I've liked McCormick since his first stint with the Avs when he flat out beat Jarome Iginla up in a fight. That's no small task either. Iginla can bring it, and I guess the fact that he was mixing it up with a kid like McCormick shows that. McCleod looks like he's going to fill the void that Hinote left when he moved on to St. Louis. He doesn't have Hinote's speed, and he clearly doesn't know how to fight, but he finishes his checks and has some skill offensively. McCleod has scored some pretty goals.

I disagree re: Your take on the Avs D getting deep in the offensive zone. I think they're better when they do. The odd man rushes are a result of the forwards not seeing the play, and dropping back to cover for them. They've improved greatly on that recently though. I think the Avs problems defensively all year lie in their forwards far more than the D-men, and the two guys in nets. Just watch Detroit, and watch where their forwards are when their D jump in the play. I think the Avs are getting there.

Re: Svatos. Good point in regards to his ice time...but does that really explain the discrepancy between his goals and assists? There's no question he can finish. He's 4th on the team with a +7, but there just seems to be something missing with him.

Also Skratins has been playing great lately. Earlier this year I thought he was done...but he's been playing smart, and with some jump.

And I stop by from time to time when I'm drunk, but I think that most of the posters on the orangemane nowadays are self righteous bedwetters...so I abstain.

Here's to a strong second half from the Avs.

Also...I don't know if she posts here anymore, but Jori has a kick ass blog re: the avs prospects. She really keeps you up to date. I've been monitoring Nigel Williams' progress.

avsprospects.blogspot.com

Jori
01-20-2008, 12:59 AM
I'm still around, just don't post as much.

I'm not on the Theo bandwagon because this is a contract year. Whoever signs him in the summer, don't give him a multi-year contract!

Pendejo
01-20-2008, 05:55 PM
I'm still around, just don't post as much.

I'm not on the Theo bandwagon because this is a contract year. Whoever signs him in the summer, don't give him a multi-year contract!

Me too.

I lurk on the Avs page that you moderate at hfboards.

I agree about the big contract thing with tay-o-door, but he's playing very well right now.

Bronx33
01-20-2008, 06:19 PM
Me too.

I lurk on the Avs page that you moderate at hfboards.

I agree about the big contract thing with tay-o-door, but he's playing very well right now.


I still don't trust him...

Pendejo
01-20-2008, 07:18 PM
I still don't trust him...

You don't have to trust him...just enjoy watching him regain his form. If tay-o-door can keep up this level of play...the Avs will remain in the thick of the Northwest Division race. A hot hand in nets can carry the team.

If the boys keep working hard in front of their own goal...they'll be all right. They've still got some scoring punch in their lineup.

Anyone know who's in goal tonight?

Edit: According to someone at hfboards...Theo is in net again.

24champ
01-20-2008, 07:26 PM
Edit: According to someone at hfboards...Theo is in net again.

What's your handle at the HFboards?

Pendejo
01-20-2008, 07:33 PM
What's your handle at the HFboards?

I don't have one.

24champ
01-20-2008, 07:36 PM
That's too bad Pendejo...

Madres still suck.

Pendejo
01-20-2008, 07:44 PM
That's too bad Pendejo...

Madres still suck.

Yeah, but the Dahyers felch.

Pendejo
01-20-2008, 10:53 PM
Tay-o-door gets it done again. The Avs get goals from guys they need to have produce...as well as two important points.(They all are.)

24champ
01-20-2008, 11:11 PM
Yeah, but the Dahyers felch.

Still feeling the sting from losing to the Rockies on a bad call? :spit:

Nice win by the Avs by the way...

Pendejo
01-20-2008, 11:32 PM
Still feeling the sting from losing to the Rockies on a bad call? :spit:

Nice win by the Avs by the way...

No. I don't think it was a bad call. The Rockies earned it with the way they played down the stretch. The Madres had several chances to lock up both the division, and the wild card...they simply didn't get it done. Weren't the Dahyers out of the race in July? Man, that team has tens of millions of dollars wrapped up in suck. (Enough hijacking the Avs thread though...you can talk all the Dahyers/Madres smack you want to me through PM's.)

I really like the make up of the Avs right now...assuming Stastny is back after the break. The kids from Erie have brought some grit, and Tay-o-door is looking really strong. He's small but athletic, and when he's confident he doesn't flop around...he simply plays the puck.

I really feel bad for Ryan Smyth...he was on the verge of being a point per game player with the Avs. The Dude plays with reckless abandon. He's a crash test dummy. What a great signing, and kudos to Super Joe for helping to facilitate things.

I'm hoping they re-up J.M. Liles...and don't let him walk.

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With some of their top players sidelined by injury, the Colorado Avalanche have been getting help from some unlikely sources.

The Avalanche hope to get another big lift from their rookies on Tuesday when they host the Nashville Predators.

Despite an injured list including offensive stalwarts Paul Stastny, Ryan Smyth and Joe Sakic, the Avalanche (26-18-4) have managed to win four of five. Colorado was five points out of first place in the tightly-contested Northwest Division on Jan. 9, but is now just one point back of leader Minnesota.

Colorado defeated Columbus 3-1 on Sunday, as rookies Jeff Finger and Ben Guite each scored their fourth goal of the season.

"We're not going to sit back and wait for our big dogs to get back," said Finger, who has two goals in his last three games. "We know we're missing some offense, but we're still going forward and we're going to try to get as many points as we can with those guys out."

The Avalanche have also been aided by stellar goaltending from Jose Theodore.

The 10-year veteran stopped 26 shots on Sunday, improving to 4-0-1 with a 1.74 goals-against average and a shutout since Jan. 12.

"Things are going well," Theodore said. "The players are playing so well in front of me. They're letting me see the puck and taking care of the rebounds."

The Avalanche have won two straight over Nashville since losing their first meeting of the season 4-0 on Oct. 4. Colorado has never defeated the Predators three consecutive times in a single season.

Colorado's Peter Budaj, who has posted a 2.97 GAA in losing his last three starts, has been in goal for all three games against Nashville this season, recording a 2.20 GAA in those contests. Budaj is 4-2-0 with a 2.62 GAA lifetime against the Predators.

Nashville (24-20-4) defeated St. Louis 6-3 on Monday to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Blues. Alexander Radulov and Martin Gelinas each had two goals and an assist to help the Predators improve to 7-2-2 since Dec. 31.

"Everyone is doing the little things that make a difference," Gelinas said. "It truly was a total team effort."

J.P Dumont assisted on Radulov's 15th goal of the season, extending his career-best point streak to 12 games. Dumont, who has a goal and an assist against the Avalanche this season, has eight goals and nine assists during his run.

Chris Mason finished with 31 saves on Monday, improving to 3-1-1 with two shutouts and a 0.99 GAA in his last five starts.

Mason has also been in net for each game against Colorado this season, recording a 1.70 GAA and one shutout. He is 4-3-0 with a 1.87 GAA and two shutouts in his career versus the Avalanche.

Bronx33
01-25-2008, 07:13 PM
The Avalanche's press box was heavily populated again Thursday night with scouts, all from Eastern Conference teams Colorado won't play the rest of this season.

A new addition to the mix was former University of Denver and Colorado Rockies coach Marshall Johnston, scouting for the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes continue to be looking over Avs defender John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent after this season. Carolina has made no secret of its desire for a puck-carrying, offensive defenseman. Liles, however, is suffering through the worst season of his young career, with two goals and 18 points in 48 games coming in.

Scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also were in attendance.

Sauer recovers

Avalanche defenseman Kurt Sauer (whiplash) has felt better in recent days after experiencing some dizziness early in the week from skating.

Sauer practiced with the team Wednesday and said his condition had improved. He also skated Thursday morning. A timetable for his return, however, remains uncertain.

Baizley in house

Don Baizley, the agent for Avalanche captain Joe Sakic as well as former Avs star Peter Forsberg, attended the game. Baizley often travels to various rinks to check on clients, so his presence doesn't necessarily mean the rumor mill should start in earnest about a possible Forsberg return.

Footnotes

Johnny Boychuk and Kyle Cumiskey were scratched by the Avalanche. . . . Andrew Brunette played his 421st consecutive NHL game, second on the active player list.

Bronx33
02-01-2008, 09:13 PM
Avs fighting to just get a shot on net manage to finally get one in on hasek and it's called a no goal by a clueless ref. unf***** real.

Bronx33
02-02-2008, 02:52 PM
Thanks mick!

DETROIT (AP) -The Detroit Red Wings finally got a lucky bounce.

Henrik Zetterberg's 30th goal broke a scoreless tie with 2:20 left and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves for his 80th career shutout to lift Detroit to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Kris Draper added an empty-netter with 13 seconds left for league-best Detroit, which won its sixth straight.

Peter Budaj stopped 34 shots for Colorado and there could have been many more. Red Wing players either misfired or the puck hopped over their sticks on prime scoring chances for almost the entire night.


Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler celebrate Zetterberg's goal, which broke a scoreless tie. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

"We knew we'd eventually score, even if we had to go to a shootout," Zetterberg said.

His goal came on he rebound attempted pass out in front as he came around the net. But the puck hit Budaj's stick and came back to Zetterberg, who fired it in.

"I think Homer (Tomas Holmstrom) was in front. So I just tried to throw the puck in front," he said. "I think it went off the goalie's stick. That's just what I was trying to do in that situation: Get the puck in front and get a rebound."

Despite giving up so many shots and scoring chances, the Avalanche didn't give the Red Wings much room.

Colorado is without three of its best offensive players: Captain Joe Sakic (hernia surgery), Ryan Smyth (ankle) and Paul Stastny (appendectomy). So they have no choice but to concentrate on defense.

"That was a very tough ending," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "To come that close to getting something and have it get away on a lucky bounce, we spoiled a very special night by our goaltender."

Budaj said his team put in a lot of effort.

"Even though we only had 15 shots, I thought we worked hard," he said. "And I'm disappointed we didn't get into overtime."

It was the second time in less than a month that the Avalanche were shut out in Detroit. Hasek got that one as well, 1-0 on Jan. 8.

"That's something you'd expect in the first round of the playoffs," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Both teams check, check, check. I thought Joel did a good job of managing his bench."
Andrew Brunette (15) tries to scoop the puck past Dominik Hasek in the first period. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

An apparent goal by the Avalanche's Milan Hejduk with 8 seconds left in the second period was waved off because of incidental contact with Hasek by Colorado defenseman Scott Hannan.

"I didn't know exactly what happened in front of the net, but I know he was in the crease and interfering with me," Hasek said. "So I knew it was a good call."

Colorado didn't have a shot until T.J. Hensick forced Hasek to make a save 11:20 into the game.

Detroit had a 14-3 shot advantage in first period. The Avalanche had only one shot in the second period and it didn't come until 9:28. Detroit had nine shots in the second period.

"There was not too much action, especially in the first and second period," Hasek said. "But the game was 0-0 ... I knew if I mae one mistake, we could lose the game."

Notes: Detroit D Niklas Kronwall missed the game because of a shoulder injury. ... Colorado G Jose Theodore didn't play because of back spasms. ... Detroit D Brett Lebda returned after sitting out a game with a sore wrist.

Bronx33
02-03-2008, 01:12 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -Missing three key offensive players, the Colorado Avalanche got some scoring from a pair of unlikely sources.

Rookie T.J. Hensick and Ben Guite had two goals each, leading the short-handed Avalanche to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Jaroslav Hlinka and Tyler Arnason also scored and Wojtek Wolski had two assists for Colorado, which was playing without Joe Sakic, Paul Stastny and Ryan Smyth because of injuries.

Hensick's power play goal 1 minute into the third period, his second score of the game and third of the season and his career, stretched the lead to 4-2.

"It's a good feeling," Hensick said. "It's been awhile since I've scored a goal. Two good plays by two very good players and I reaped the benefits.

"It's good to help this team offensively. I think at some point in time as this learning process continues, I'll be able to help this team a little more offensively."

Colorado, which had lost three of its previous four games, is now five points ahead of the Blues in the Western Conference standings.

"Big. Huge," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said describing the game. "Last night (a 2-0 loss at Detroit) we were 2 minutes away from getting it to overtime. That was disappointing and a tough loss. I like how we rebounded."


Dan Hinote, Paul Kariya, Andy McDonald and Keith Tkachuk scored for St. Louis. Brad Boyes and David Backes had two assists apiece.

"We reviewed the goals with the guys after the game," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "(There were) some mistakes you can't make. You can't give up six goals in your building. It doesn't matter if you score four, you can't give up six goals. You can't win in this league like that."

A night after gaining his fourth shutout of the season in a 1-0 shootout win over Anaheim, Blues goalie Manny Legace stopped 18 shots.

Peter Budaj made 28 saves for Colorado.

"That's hockey. That's the way it is," Legace said. "You're not going to get an easier lineup than that playing against those guys. Everybody's hurt. Detroit gave up, what, 15 shots against them (Friday) night. And we're giving up empty-net goals. It's uncalled for. You're not going to get an easier lineup against those guys. They're only getting better now."

Guite deflected in Wolski's point shot through the pads of Blues goalie Manny Legace to give the Avalanche a 3-2 lead 10:01 into the second period, the third time in the game Colorado grabbed a one-goal advantage.

After Hensick's second goal, the Blues pulled to 4-3 on McDonald's 10th of the season at 6:24 of the third period, one-timing a pass from rookie David Perron.

Tkachuk nearly tied the game with 9:19 to play, but his deflection of Kariya's shot rang off the left goal post.

Arnason regained a two-goal lead for Colorado with his sixth of the season when he beat Legace with 8:44 to play.

Tkachuk's 16th of the season and 489th of his career again brought the Blues back to within one at 5-4 with 7:43 to play. However, Guite's empty-netter with 6 seconds left sealed Colorado's win.

"I don't think we're going to take the consolation prize for this game," Blues defenseman Eric Brewer said. "I think there's some things we need to shore up. Obviously, we had a few breakdowns and a few too many turnovers, but we did a lot of real good things."

Hensick gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead when he tapped in a centering feed from Ian Laperriere for his second goal of the season and his career at 5:28 of the first period. It was Colorado's first shot of the game in a period which produced four goals by the two teams.

Hinote, a former member of the Avalanche, tied the game for the Blues 48 seconds later on a wraparound, sticking in the second attempt at the near post to make it 1-1. It was Hinote's fifth goal of the season and third against his former club.

Colorado regained the lead on Hlinka's sixth of the season at 13:42 of a tap-in attempt of Wolski's wrister on goal.

The Blues quickly tied the game again on Kariya's 13th of the season, a power-play goal at 14:34 after one-timing in a shot of Boyes' cross-ice backhand feed from the left circle.

Notes: Legace began the day 12-1-0 with a 1.85 goals-against-average and three shutouts in his career against Colorado. ... Sakic (hernia surgery), Stastny (appendectomy) and Smyth (ankle) are all on the injured reserve list. Also, Colorado was without G Jose Theodore, who missed the game with back spasms. ... Before the game, the Blues placed D Christian Backman on injured reserve after suffering a cracked bone in his left foot blocking a shot on Friday's victory over Anaheim. Backman is expected to miss one to two weeks.

Smiling Assassin27
02-04-2008, 03:58 PM
Avs fighting to just get a shot on net manage to finally get one in on hasek and it's called a no goal by a clueless ref. un****** real.

indeed, once every blue moon, hasek's peter forsberg impersonation pays off. still, your boys were dominated all night long. props to budaj for standing on his head.

Pendejo
02-04-2008, 11:42 PM
Talk about complete bull****. The Avs just got royally screwed. They simply need to do away with the goalie interference rule if they're not going to enforce it when the guy in nets gets stomped. I understand a guy can be in the crease without the puck nowadays, but you can't kamikaze the goalie. Budaj is not going to make that save when he's getting King Kong Bundy'd by the other team.

A bunch of mother ****ing cock sucking incompetent douche bags officiate in the NHL. How can you see the puck is loose, and not see the goalie getting nailed. Whoever the ref behind the net was can go impale himself on ****ing parking meter.

Bronx33
02-05-2008, 04:42 PM
And to top it off doan hit the puck in with his hand because his stick was broke in half (it was plain as day) on the review and they still called it a goal.That's 2 points or maybe 3 in 3 games we got porked out of.

Smiling Assassin27
02-06-2008, 10:27 AM
Talk about complete bull****. The Avs just got royally screwed. They simply need to do away with the goalie interference rule if they're not going to enforce it when the guy in nets gets stomped. I understand a guy can be in the crease without the puck nowadays, but you can't kamikaze the goalie. Budaj is not going to make that save when he's getting King Kong Bundy'd by the other team.

A bunch of mother ****ing cock sucking incompetent douche bags officiate in the NHL. How can you see the puck is loose, and not see the goalie getting nailed. Whoever the ref behind the net was can go impale himself on ****ing parking meter.

Hey, Thomas Holmstrom is all for it. Nobody gets hosed on more goalie interference calls than him. Of course, had it been the Wings getting the goal waved off on that identical play, you'd be applauding the ref's good judgment.

Pendejo
02-07-2008, 01:36 AM
Hey, Thomas Holmstrom is all for it. Nobody gets hosed on more goalie interference calls than him. Of course, had it been the Wings getting the goal waved off on that identical play, you'd be applauding the ref's good judgment.

You don't know that. That's pure conjecture on your part. And **** Tomas Holmstrom!

Tay-o-door had another solid outing tonight. You can always tell when an athletic goalie like Jose is on his game...he's not flopping around like a spazz in the crease.

Smiling Assassin27
02-07-2008, 12:21 PM
You don't know that. That's pure conjecture on your part. And **** Tomas Holmstrom!

Tay-o-door had another solid outing tonight. You can always tell when an athletic goalie like Jose is on his game...he's not flopping around like a spazz in the crease.

Conjecture based upon 12 years of observing Avs fans, yes. C'mon, you know you'd love Homer and his big arse in the opposing goalie's face all game long.

Is Jose Three-or-Four gonna be moved at the deadline?

Pendejo
02-07-2008, 08:51 PM
Conjecture based upon 12 years of observing Avs fans, yes. C'mon, you know you'd love Homer and his big arse in the opposing goalie's face all game long.

Is Jose Three-or-Four gonna be moved at the deadline?

Nonsense.

The Avs have their own creeper of the crease in the injured, but soon to return Ryan Smyth.

The Red Wings are running away with things in the west this year, so maybe you should find the Dead Things thread on this forum. Then again...the Avs have given your boys all they've wanted without their best players.

Enjoy the Red Wings' success thus far, and then go f yourself.

Smiling Assassin27
02-08-2008, 10:51 AM
Class all the way, dude.

If you'll recall, the Wings were without their stars in those games as well. Captain Canada's a shell of his former self, but if you dig him, so be it. The Avs will give EVERYONE all they can handle, for sure. Will they win anything of consequence? Well, we both know that ain't happening. Coach Q will find a way to fail once again.

Bronx33
02-09-2008, 04:19 PM
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Paul Stastny could not have been playing better for the Colorado Avalanche right before having his appendix removed last month.


The Avalanche expect to have their leading scorer back on the ice after missing nine games, when they visit the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Colorado (29-21-5) has been able to hold its own with Stastny out of the lineup, going 4-3-2 with him on an injured list that also includes stars Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth.

The Avalanche are in the mix with Minnesota, Calgary and Vancouver (27-21-7) for first place in the crowded Northwest Division.

Stastny, who has 17 goals and 32 assists, had two goals and three assists in his last three games prior to undergoing an appendectomy. He had a goal and an assist in the Avalanche's 3-0 victory at Tampa Bay on Jan. 15 - his most recent game.

Stastny has two goals and nine assists in 11 career games versus Vancouver, which is 2-1-0 against the Avalanche this season.

While the Avalanche will certainly welcome back the second-year star, Colorado is 3-1-1 since losing two in a row, The Avalanche won 3-1 at San Jose on Wednesday.

Jose Theodore made 30 saves in his first game on the ice since missing three with back spasms. Theodore, who is 6-2-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average in his last eight games, didn't seem too rusty in his return.

"They came at me pretty hard, so it was a good test for my back," Theodore said. "It's hard to take those extra days off, but it was the smart thing to do. ... It's about finally playing the way I've always played in my career. When I was traded (from Montreal in March 2006), everybody knew I wasn't playing like I should. But with a lot of hard work, I'm getting to a level of being comfortable."

Theodore, however, has lost three of his last four decisions versus Vancouver, including a 2-1 overtime loss there on Nov. 9 in his only appearance versus the Canucks this season.

On Wednesday, Ben Guite, Jeff Finger and rookie T.J. Hensick each scored goals, while Brett Clark added two assists for Colorado, which has won five of its last six road games.

"We're moving the puck well, entering the zone with speed and making smart (plays)," said Hensick, who has five goals in his last three contests.

Vancouver, meanwhile, looks to build off a 2-1 win at Atlanta on Thursday. The victory snapped a streak of four straight losses by one-goal margins, and concluded a 1-1-2 road trip for the Canucks.

Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows scored in the third period to rally the Canucks, who got 27 saves from Roberto Luongo.

"We really wanted to find a way to win tonight," Burrows said. "After that second period we got together and played a really strong third period."

Sedin, who's tied with twin brother Henrik for the team lead with 54 points, has two goals and two assists versus Colorado this season.

Luongo, who snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday, has been in goal for all three meetings against Colorado in 2007-08, compiling a 2.32 GAA versus the Avalanche.

Pendejo
02-09-2008, 09:53 PM
Class all the way, dude.

If you'll recall, the Wings were without their stars in those games as well. Captain Canada's a shell of his former self, but if you dig him, so be it. The Avs will give EVERYONE all they can handle, for sure. Will they win anything of consequence? Well, we both know that ain't happening. Coach Q will find a way to fail once again.

I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, Bambi.

Don't act like you're being misunderstood though. Read your own posts on this thread, and you will understand that you are not innocent...and you know it.

Also...with an act like yours...I'm pretty sure you're used to being told to go f yourself. So once again...you know.

Bronx33
02-10-2008, 01:14 PM
Damn! i like the way out boys are scapin for points with all the injuries..

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche didn't let the absence of three top forwards stop them from taking advantage of an injury-riddle Vancouver Canucks defense.

Marek Svatos had two goals and an assist, and linemate Tyler Arnason added a goal and two assists, leading Colorado to a 6-2 win Saturday night.

Wojtek Wolski, the third member of the line, added three assists as the Avalanche traded pretty goals for gritty goals against a Canucks team missing four regular defensemen.

"When teams are missing guys on defense you have to test them early to see how they're feeling and we did that," said Arnason, who opened the scoring midway through the first and set up Svatos to make it 3-0 before the period ended. "We were getting to the net, they were letting us get in front, and they weren't covering behind the net and we capitalized early and just went from there."

Milan Hejduk also had two goals, Brett Clark scored one, and Jose Theodore made 23 saves as Colorado won for the fourth time in six games to stay within a point of Minnesota in the Northwest Division, four points ahead of Vancouver.

"We knew the importance of today's game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We still have a lot of hockey left but certainly it was a big win."

It was just as big a loss for the Canucks, who failed to build on the momentum of a win in Atlanta on Thursday night - their first in regulation since Jan. 4.
Colorado Avalanche center Tyler Arnason, left, and Vancouver Canucks center Trevor Linden, right, battle for the puck on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, in Vancouver. (Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Canucks)

Henrik Sedin and Sami Salo scored power-play goals, and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves before being pulled as the Canucks, who have one win in their last six games and two in the last 11, fell to ninth place in the Western Conference.

Despite missing Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny, the Avalanche jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period. They added two more 20 seconds apart late in the second, taking advantage of a Canucks team missing defensemen Willie Mitchell, Kevin Bieksa, Aaron Miller and Lukas Krajicek.

Vancouver actually buzzed Theodore in the opening minutes, but for all their puck possession in the Colorado end, the Canucks failed to generate a shot.

"Tonight we were out-executed and outworked, especially in the tough areas, in front of our net and in front of their net," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "We had glorious opportunities in the first there, and they got to all the pucks."

At the other end, Arnason opened the scoring by driving to the net - between four stationary Canucks players - to tap in a rebound of Svatos' wraparound attempt at 9:10. Hejduk snuck between two Canucks in the slot to snap home Jaroslav Hlinka's pass from the behind the net just over 2 minutes later.

Svatos made it 3-0 with 2:55 left in the first, jamming in his second chance at Arnason's rebound after Luongo made the first four saves in a scramble.

"We talked before the game about how Colorado does a great job of going to the tough areas and getting pucks to the net and getting second and third opportunities," Vigneault said. "We talked about it, we addressed it, we told them how to deal with it, and obviously we didn't execute it on the ice."

Sedin, guilty of standing around on the first two goals, shoveled a power pay rebound past Theodore 8 minutes into the second period. However, Clark beat Luongo with a seeing-eye point shot on the power play with 3:19 left in the period, and Svatos added his second 20 seconds later, again driving the net, this time to knock in a pass from Arnason cutting hard in off the left wing.

"We're moving the puck very well," Svatos said of his line. "When we get the puck, we hold the puck a little longer. We don't just throw it away. They have great vision and always find me in front of the net. (Arnason) and (Wolski) are strong guys so it's hard to take the puck away from them and that's what they do, so I try to be in front of the net and it's working out lately."

Canucks backup goalie Curtis Sanford replaced Luongo to start the third period, and Salo blew a power-play point shot past Theodore just 1:22 in. Salo hit a post on another power play just over a minute later, but Hejduk rounded out the scoring with his second goal - on Colorado's first shot of the third - at 9:21.

Theodore, who returned from missing three games because of a back injury to beat San Jose on Wednesday, improved to 8-4-1 in 2008, posting a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save-percentage in his last 12 starts coming into this game.

"He gives us confidence, Queneville said of his goalie. "He seems to be sharp right of the bat, challenging. He handles the puck well, which eliminates some of the forechecking pressure, and you just see his confidence.

Notes: Colorado C T.J Hensick extended his point streak to four games with an assist, but failed to add his five goals the previous three games. ... The Canucks called C Ryan Shannon from Manitoba of the AHL for the game. ... Despite flying home overnight Thursday following a win in Atlanta, the Canucks play again Sunday against Chicago. ... Stastny, the Avalanche leading scorer with 49 points, is practicing with the team and expected to return soon after having an emergency appendectomy on Jan. 18.

maher_tyler
02-10-2008, 06:03 PM
I hope Jose can keep this up..it's nice to see these young guys stepping up..it makes you wonder what the team will once Sakic, Smyth and Stastny are all healthy at the sametime. I'm hoping they don't send Hensick back down to the minors..that guy alone has given our PP a good spark..it's definitely going to be an interesting next 2 months.

BTW: anyone heard anything about Forsberg...i have center ice and they broad casted the game on hockey night in canada and were saying he's thinking the Avs, Vancouver or philly..anyone know anymore than that..we'd have the best offense in the league with him in the line up!!

24champ
02-10-2008, 06:15 PM
Class all the way, dude.

If you'll recall, the Wings were without their stars in those games as well. Captain Canada's a shell of his former self, but if you dig him, so be it. The Avs will give EVERYONE all they can handle, for sure. Will they win anything of consequence? Well, we both know that ain't happening. Coach Q will find a way to fail once again.

Yeah Q is the Norv Turner/Marty Schottenheimer rolled up into one of the NHL...

Bronx33
02-10-2008, 06:45 PM
I hope Jose can keep this up..it's nice to see these young guys stepping up..it makes you wonder what the team will once Sakic, Smyth and Stastny are all healthy at the sametime. I'm hoping they don't send Hensick back down to the minors..that guy alone has given our PP a good spark..it's definitely going to be an interesting next 2 months.

BTW: anyone heard anything about Forsberg...i have center ice and they broad casted the game on hockey night in canada and were saying he's thinking the Avs, Vancouver or philly..anyone know anymore than that..we'd have the best offense in the league with him in the line up!!


Well if the avs were to get forsberg guys like hensick will never been seen again up in the bigs.

maher_tyler
02-11-2008, 12:46 AM
Well if the avs were to get forsberg guys like hensick will never been seen again up in the bigs.

why do you say that..isn't he a free agent??

Bronx33
02-11-2008, 02:25 PM
why do you say that..isn't he a free agent??

Iam saying that because a roster spot would be taken up by forberg leaving none for the youngsters to get some icetime.

Bronx33
02-12-2008, 02:34 PM
This could be perfect timing...


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -Colorado's top three forwards - captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny - are back on the ice.

Sakic went through a light skate before practice Monday. He's recovering from hernia surgery.

Smyth is coming back from an ankle injury and Stastny from an appendectomy. Both participated in practice and took contact. For Smyth, it was his first ice time since he was injured on New Year's Eve.

Stastny, the team's leading scorer with 49 points, has been practicing and could return soon. He's listed as questionable for Tuesday night when the Avs play Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Smyth could return to action this week.

Bronx33
02-12-2008, 02:37 PM
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The Anaheim Ducks might be happy to see their franchise-record nine-game road trip come to an end. They'll probably be thrilled to cap it off with a fifth consecutive win on Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, whom they have not beaten on the road in more than five years.

The reigning Stanley Cup champion Ducks (31-22-7) opened the extended jaunt with four consecutive defeats that extended their losing streak to a season-high six games (0-5-1). They have since regrouped to win four in a row, including a 3-2 victory at NHL-leading Detroit on Sunday.

Anaheim hasn't won five consecutive road games since posting a team-record seven-game winning streak away from the Honda Center from Nov. 28-Dec. 13, 2006.

The Ducks will try to get closer to that mark by winning at the Pepsi Center for the first time since a 5-3 win on Jan. 9, 2003. They have dropped six games in a row there (0-4-2), with four defeats decided by one-goal margins.

Anaheim, though, beat the Avalanche 2-1 at home on Dec. 19 in the first of four season meetings.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere hasn't fared well in Denver, going 0-4-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average. However, he has been a big part of the Ducks' recent success with a 3-0-1 record, 0.74 GAA and .972 save percentage with two shutouts in his last four starts.

Scott Niedermayer, right, and the Ducks wrap up a nine-game road trip tonight in Denver. Anaheim has won four in a row but have not defeated the Avalanche on the road in over five years.

He made 27 saves Sunday and appeared to allow the tying goal with 40 seconds to go in the third period before the referee called it off due to incidental contact with the goaltender by the Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom.

"It was a tough call. A lot of times they don't call it," Giguere said. "It took a lot of guts to make that call. On the replay you can see his skate is in the crease. And he was preventing me from doing what I've got to do."

The Ducks are also getting contributions from rookie Ryan Carter, who has scored three times in the last two games after failing to score in his first 27. The center assisted on a goal by Chris Pronger in the last matchup with Colorado (30-21-5).

He'll try to continue his strong play and help Anaheim end the trip, which included a stop at The White House last week, on a positive note. After facing the Avs, the Ducks begin a seven-game homestand on Friday against Pacific Division-leading Dallas.

Colorado is getting closer to being full strength after missing Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny for considerable time.

The Avalanche hope to have at least Stastny, the team's leader with 49 points, back against Anaheim after he missed 10 games recovering from an appendectomy. The center is questionable, while Sakic (hernia surgery) and Smyth (fractured right ankle) are less likely to play.

Colorado was able to overcome those absences Saturday, winning 6-2 at Vancouver as the line of Marek Svatos, Tyler Arnason and Wojtek Wolski combined for three goals and six assists.

"We're moving the puck very well," said Svatos, who had two goals and an assist. "When we get the puck, we hold the puck a little longer. We don't just throw it away. They have great vision and always find me in front of the net. (Arnason) and (Wolski) are strong guys so it's hard to take the puck away from them and that's what they do, so I try to be in front of the net and it's working out lately."

Svatos, who has a team-high 24 goals, has been held pointless in the last four games against Anaheim.

maher_tyler
02-12-2008, 08:18 PM
Iam saying that because a roster spot would be taken up by forberg leaving none for the youngsters to get some icetime.

He'd be worth it imo..it's only one roster spot and we could send a guy like Mcloed back down..or one of the other 4th liners..nice to read that Smyth, Sakic and Stastny are practicing again..that's gonna be a huge boost to the team..hopefully we play with the same intensity!!

Pendejo
02-18-2008, 06:07 PM
Ok. The Avs have been playing like **** recently, so here's hoping that they can get off the schnide against a team that's been just a pitiful tonight. The Wings have come back to the pack a bit...so now is the time to take it to 'em.

Statsny isn't playing yet again. The past three games the Avs have forgotten how to score.

Pendejo
02-18-2008, 09:33 PM
What a disgraceful performance through two periods by the Avs. If they don't want to play they shouldn't bother showing up to the rink. Injuries are not an excuse for a piss poor effort.

maher_tyler
02-18-2008, 10:08 PM
What a disgraceful performance through two periods by the Avs. If they don't want to play they shouldn't bother showing up to the rink. Injuries are not an excuse for a piss poor effort.

I don't think its as much of us not giving any effort but other teams having more talent..its catching up to us..when your top 2 was 3 players aren't playing thats taking away quite a bit..i am getting sick of getting shutout by the wings everytime we play them...its like everytime we play them now its an automatic shutout..it'd help if we could win a damn face off or get a power play goal..sometimes i wonder if we even practice the way we play!!

24champ
02-18-2008, 10:10 PM
Thanks to the Avalanche for bumping up Rob Blake's trade value to the Detroit Dead Things.

bronco militia
02-18-2008, 10:47 PM
the avs should have never let Blake go

Pendejo
02-18-2008, 10:55 PM
I don't think its as much of us not giving any effort but other teams having more talent..its catching up to us..when your top 2 was 3 players aren't playing thats taking away quite a bit..i am getting sick of getting shutout by the wings everytime we play them...its like everytime we play them now its an automatic shutout..it'd help if we could win a damn face off or get a power play goal..sometimes i wonder if we even practice the way we play!!

Absolute nonsense.

The west is ripe with mediocrity. It wasn't too much more than a week ago that the Avs were fourth, or fifth in the standings. When a team is collectively skating with cement in their boots it shows a tremendous lack of effort. They got stomped by St. Louis...lost with a pathetic performance against the 'Hawks, and did their best impressions of cones for the Red Wings tonight. This is the worst they've looked, and it's because they're not playing hard. Tay-o-door has been left on an island.

I like Wolski, but he's due for another scratching. Right now he's the epitome of a floater. Parker needs to play more. The last I heard he had the flu, and wasn't injured. Scratch McCleod...he's going to be a good pest type...but he needs a break...the penalty he took tonight was stupid. Then again the whole chain of events wouldn't have happened if the refs wouldn't have missed an absurdly obvious high sticking, but that's neither here nor there.

The season's not lost yet, but they really have been playing like complete **** lately. It's not the fact that they've lost four in a row that bothers me...it's how they've lost.

Three goals in four games and you think this team is putting forth a strong effort? They're not skating hard...it's as simple as that. They're lucky they didn't lose to the Wings by 15 the way they played tonight.

Smiling Assassin27
02-19-2008, 10:11 AM
The season's not lost yet

Yeah, it kinda is...

Smiling Assassin27
02-19-2008, 10:15 AM
Thanks to the Avalanche for bumping up Rob Blake's trade value to the Detroit Dead Things.

if not for the flagrant elbow, it'd have been a clean hit, regardless of what the idiot ref told lappy. unfortunately, the retribution will have to come next year since the series sweep is complete.

24champ
02-19-2008, 01:45 PM
if not for the flagrant elbow, it'd have been a clean hit, regardless of what the idiot ref told lappy. unfortunately, the retribution will have to come next year since the series sweep is complete.

I thought Lappy got the snot kicked out of him in a fight?

Anyway hopefully Holland is on the phone with the Kings GM Dean Lombardi about Rob Blake and the conversation involves Kindl.;)

maher_tyler
02-19-2008, 09:13 PM
Absolute nonsense.

The west is ripe with mediocrity. It wasn't too much more than a week ago that the Avs were fourth, or fifth in the standings. When a team is collectively skating with cement in their boots it shows a tremendous lack of effort. They got stomped by St. Louis...lost with a pathetic performance against the 'Hawks, and did their best impressions of cones for the Red Wings tonight. This is the worst they've looked, and it's because they're not playing hard. Tay-o-door has been left on an island.

I like Wolski, but he's due for another scratching. Right now he's the epitome of a floater. Parker needs to play more. The last I heard he had the flu, and wasn't injured. Scratch McCleod...he's going to be a good pest type...but he needs a break...the penalty he took tonight was stupid. Then again the whole chain of events wouldn't have happened if the refs wouldn't have missed an absurdly obvious high sticking, but that's neither here nor there.

The season's not lost yet, but they really have been playing like complete **** lately. It's not the fact that they've lost four in a row that bothers me...it's how they've lost.

Three goals in four games and you think this team is putting forth a strong effort? They're not skating hard...it's as simple as that. They're lucky they didn't lose to the Wings by 15 the way they played tonight.

We don't have enough talent on the ice to keep up with a team like Detroit or Anihiem period, i'm sure part of it is effort but how long do you really expect guys like Mcloed to keep playing at that high of a level before they get burnt out..before are top three went down i hadn't even heard of some of these guys..bottom line is right now other teams just have more talent on the ice...when Stastny, Sakic and Smyth are all healthy at the sametime i guarantee things look a lot different and were scoring more than 1 goal a game...i'm gonna go out on a limb and say we win the Division and take the 3rd seed..just being optimistic. The season is far from over!!

Pendejo
02-19-2008, 10:19 PM
if not for the flagrant elbow, it'd have been a clean hit, regardless of what the idiot ref told lappy. unfortunately, the retribution will have to come next year since the series sweep is complete.

Hah! Dumbass.

Pendejo
02-19-2008, 10:25 PM
We don't have enough talent on the ice to keep up with a team like Detroit or Anihiem period, i'm sure part of it is effort but how long do you really expect guys like Mcloed to keep playing at that high of a level before they get burnt out..before are top three went down i hadn't even heard of some of these guys..bottom line is right now other teams just have more talent on the ice...when Stastny, Sakic and Smyth are all healthy at the sametime i guarantee things look a lot different and were scoring more than 1 goal a game...i'm gonna go out on a limb and say we win the Division and take the 3rd seed..just being optimistic. The season is far from over!!

I understand where you're coming from. Of course the injuries have taken their toll. My point is that during this losing streak the Avs have been skating. They've been playing undisciplined and uninspired hockey.

The mediocrity in the west will keep them in things, but they have to play like every point counts.

We'll see what happens in the next week or so...after the deadline et al.

Saying that the Avalanche should put out a full page ad apologizing for that bull **** performance they put on last night.

maher_tyler
02-20-2008, 12:17 AM
I understand where you're coming from. Of course the injuries have taken their toll. My point is that during this losing streak the Avs have been skating. They've been playing undisciplined and uninspired hockey.

The mediocrity in the west will keep them in things, but they have to play like every point counts.

We'll see what happens in the next week or so...after the deadline et al.

Saying that the Avalanche should put out a full page ad apologizing for that bull **** performance they put on last night.

I agree the last 4 games have been pretty pitaful to say the least..we score 6 against Vancouver and then all of a sudden we go on a scoring drought...on the avs official site they were saying there were scouts at the last chicago game and i guess they were talking about Brunette..depending on what the avs get i don't think we could really get anything to replace him..i think he picks it back up when the big 3 are all back..when your the 1st or 2nd best player on the line the top defensive player is going after that guy..kinda why i think Hejduk is in a bit of a slump..another reason why when we get Stastny and Sakic back we start scoring more goals..they wont be able to key in on 1 guy on every line cause lets face it..guys like Guite dont really scare anyone!!

BTW: i think the west has a nudge on the east...much better goaltending in the west...Turco, Giegure, Kiprisoff, Nabokov, Luango, Backstrom, Haskek, Osgood, Legacy and Theo since January...notice all those goalies teams are in the top 3 in their division except the Avs.

Smiling Assassin27
02-20-2008, 12:35 PM
Hah! Dumbass.

Got me there, dude! :notworthy

Games like that one only reinforce the fact that the Avs have relegated their 'rival' status with the Wings and taken up the mantle of 'slump buster'.

Seriously, thanks for giving Lidstrom a much needed rest and thanks for helping aaron downey move further up the heavyweight rung...

http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2008/02/effect.jpg

Smiling Assassin27
02-20-2008, 12:42 PM
I thought Lappy got the snot kicked out of him in a fight?

Anyway hopefully Holland is on the phone with the Kings GM Dean Lombardi about Rob Blake and the conversation involves Kindl.;)

i don't see kindl going anywhere but i bet a guy like hudler and maybe quincey. damn, i wish we had max kuznetsov on our roster and this was 2003...;D

Pendejo
02-21-2008, 02:27 AM
Got me there, dude! :notworthy

Games like that one only reinforce the fact that the Avs have relegated their 'rival' status with the Wings and taken up the mantle of 'slump buster'.

Seriously, thanks for giving Lidstrom a much needed rest and thanks for helping aaron downey move further up the heavyweight rung...

http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2008/02/effect.jpg

You're clearly retarded, or at least slow. In your previous post you said that Lappy's hit was dirty, (only the knobs on the Detroit bench, and knuckle heads like you think it was suspect. NO ONE wants to see a guy like Lidstrom hurt, but he didn't protect himself, and he got smoked.)...Then you said that Lappy would have to pay the price next year when he'd already got jumped, and beaten cleanly by Downey. Now you have the stones to say that Downey is moving up the heavy weight ranks? I understand that the Redwings are a glorified ice capades team, but you have to reel things in just a bit. Lappy isn't a heavyweight, and he really doesn't win a lot of fights. He'll just go with anyone. Cripes...it's just like a dead wings fan to look down their noses when they have one of the cheapest players in the league on their roster in Maltby. At least guys like Ruutu, Avery, Tucker, and Lappy will throw down. The Wings are bringing back that drunk McCarty, and counting on Downey for their toughness.

Whatever Bambi.

Pendejo
02-21-2008, 02:28 AM
A much better effort from the Avs tonight. Interesting how with the Sheriff dressed the Ducks didn't take any liberties.

Hopefully they'll skate harder, and get the same outstanding goaltending next time out.

24champ
02-21-2008, 02:40 AM
i don't see kindl going anywhere but i bet a guy like hudler and maybe quincey. damn, i wish we had max kuznetsov on our roster and this was 2003...;D

Long as it involves a first round pick, this draft is loaded with solid Defensemen.

Smiling Assassin27
02-21-2008, 11:23 AM
Long as it involves a first round pick, this draft is loaded with solid Defensemen.


you do know that kindl is -24 this year, right? have a look at ericsson, he's been called up with rafalski, lidstrom, and kronner on the shelf. he's a converted forward and has some better than average up side.

Bronx33
02-24-2008, 10:47 AM
When the NHL general managers met the past week in Naples, Fla., keeping alive their streak of always meeting in places suitable for golf clubs (year-round), the discussion included whether to: a) further scale down goalies' equipment; and, b) expand the regular-season schedule to 84 games, tying it to a reduction in exhibition games.

They didn't make any official recommendations on either, perhaps because they were too busy jockeying for position as the countdown to the Tuesday trading deadline continued.

Two post-lockout season realities have changed the nature of the pre-deadline hysteria.

• One, the deadline is considerably earlier than it used to be, when teams could have only about a dozen games remaining and more GMs could justify fire sales because they were out of the running for a playoff spot. In the final season under the former collective bargaining agreement, 2003-04, the Avalanche had 13 games remaining at the trading deadline; this season, Colorado will have 19.

• Two, the comparative parity — or mass mediocrity, camouflaged in a misleading standings system that enables most teams to claim to be "above .500" — also comes into play, along with the timing.

Definite sellers?

Los Angeles, which already dealt defenseman Jaroslav Modry to the Flyers last Tuesday. Edmonton. Chicago. Tampa Bay. Florida. Probably Atlanta. And ... well ... maybe ...

It could change in the next few days.

Contract situations complicate matters, of course, with winger Marian Hossa continuing to sound like a guy determined to get out of Atlanta either now or in the summer; and Buffalo defenseman Brian Campbell seemingly determined to at least check into the free-agent market in the summer — after seeing what it did for former teammates Chris Drury and Daniel Briere last year. He and agent Larry Kelly again turned down a Sabres offer in the past week.

Olli Jokinen probably is about to become an ex-Florida
Blog Panther.

Another intriguing possibility might be that, after nearly three seasons of cap hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning has figured out that — even with the cap going up — tying up so much of its payroll in deals for Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis isn't working.

If all three stay, their combined cap numbers will be $19.8 million next season. Richards is locked up at $7.8 million a season through 2010-11, and the Lightning at least will be listening to offers for him, in part because the indispensable Lecavalier's deal is up after next season and he will need to be re-signed — presumably at a salary more than the $7.17 million he will get in 2008-09.

St. Louis is signed through 2010-11, but his deal was front-loaded, so he will make less in each of the next three seasons than his $5.25 million cap number.

And what of the Avalanche?

The decisions facing GM Francois Giguere are intriguing because of the many subplots. Just think how embarrassing, not to mention financially troublesome, it will be for the Kroenke Sports operation if neither the Avalanche nor Nuggets make the playoffs. That's a lot of blocked-off, provisional dates that are dark. That's a lot of lost revenue. And consider that the Avalanche already announced that tickets prices are going up again next season.

Wasn't it interesting that season-ticket holders were told that if they committed to renew for next season by Friday — or four days before the trading deadline — they will pay regular-season prices for their seats in this year's playoffs ... if the Avs make it?

That means the Kroenke Sports folks already have at least a hint of how much their season-ticket base might further diminish for next season. And maybe about how desperate they want Giguere to be as he seeks a means to strengthen the Avs' chances of just making the playoffs, which might stem a bit of the bleeding.

On Tuesday morning, the Avs still will be at least mathematically in the running for a postseason berth. They still should make a run at Hossa.

Colorado managed to stay in the hunt without Joe Sakic, Paul Stastny and Ryan Smyth, and Sakic's return in the next few days will get Colorado back to full strength. But that shouldn't be a justification for inertia. This team, and even Denver as a hockey market, needs a jolt.
SPOTLIGHT ON . . .

Mats Sundin, C, Maple Leafs

As the trading deadline approaches, the Maple Leafs veteran center holds all the cards.

He is perceived as a valuable commodity, capable of being a difference-maker in a team's attempt to advance deep into the playoffs — or make them altogether.

He has a no-trade clause, meaning he has what amounts to approval power over any deal.

And he can be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The Maple Leafs, one of the few teams in the league out of the running for a playoff spot, and interim general manager Cliff Fletcher have sounded him out about which teams he would be willing to join.

It seems likely Sundin will be dealt before the Tuesday 1 p.m. deadline.

The question is how much risk a team is willing to take and how much a team is willing to pay to rent Sundin for the stretch run, without assurances of being able to re-sign him.

Last season, the Islanders and Thrashers gave up a lot for Ryan Smyth and Keith Tkachuk, respectively, and Smyth passed on the Islanders' attempts to re-sign him. Tkachuk re-signed with the Blues.

Sundin, who has had a terrific season amid the chaos in Toronto, is worth the shot. His no-trade clause is a bit of a defense mechanism; if it's a team or place he would abhor and wouldn't consider next season, he probably won't approve even a rental appearance there.

If this were a horse race, I'd make the Red Wings the 5-2 favorites to land him.

phillybroncosnut
02-24-2008, 11:57 AM
Might want to add the Flyers to the sellers list.

maher_tyler
02-25-2008, 12:46 AM
Might want to add the Flyers to the sellers list.

I heard the Avs might trade Liles or Brunette or both..who if anyone do you think the Avs pick up..we need someone if we want to make a serious run!!

24champ
02-25-2008, 12:52 AM
I heard the Avs might trade Liles or Brunette or both..who if anyone do you think the Avs pick up..we need someone if we want to make a serious run!!

Rob Blake. TJ Hesnick and a first ought to do it.:approve:

maher_tyler
02-25-2008, 12:58 AM
Rob Blake. TJ Hesnick and a first ought to do it.:approve:

Thats what i'm hoping for cause our D lost us the game tonight..he'd help a lot on the PP and be an enforcer out on the ice..something we lack a bit!!

24champ
02-25-2008, 01:13 AM
Thats what i'm hoping for cause our D lost us the game tonight..he'd help a lot on the PP and be an enforcer out on the ice..something we lack a bit!!

Yeah the rumors right now are the Avalanche, Sharks, and the dreaded Ducks are all rumored to want Blake. So we will find out in a couple days, it's expected that Blake will waive his NTC soon. Then again they said the same thing about Sundin before he announced he is NOT waiving his NTC.

maher_tyler
02-25-2008, 01:58 AM
Yeah the rumors right now are the Avalanche, Sharks, and the dreaded Ducks are all rumored to want Blake. So we will find out in a couple days, it's expected that Blake will waive his NTC soon. Then again they said the same thing about Sundin before he announced he is NOT waiving his NTC.

How can the Ducks have anymore cap space for anyone..my god...they'll have a fricken all-star team if they get blake..they already have pronger, both niedermires, selanne, getzlaf, J.S. Gigiure etc. Why'd we get rid of him in the first place??

Bronx33
02-26-2008, 04:12 PM
http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_8367880

And also trade for Ruslan Salei......

CALGARY, ALBERTA — Inside the Avalanche dressing room at the Pengrowth Saddledome this afternoon, the buzz was palpable.

One day after the Avs got Peter Forsberg back, they re-acquired another longtime player and fan favorite, Adam Foote. The Avs acquired the 36-year-old Foote from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional draft choice, and further bolstered their defense by acquiring Ruslan Salei from Florida in exchange for Karlis Skrastins.

Foote, who left the Avs for Columbus as a free agent in 2005, was slated to land in Calgary around 5:30 tonight, and the Avs are hoping he will make it to the arena on time to suit up against the Calgary Flames in an important divisional game.

"For me and everyone that's played with Adam, we're excited that he's coming back," Avs captain Joe Sakic said. "We know he missed it in Denver, and it's going to be great to have him come back. He's a presence in the dressing room and on the ice."

The Avs will give the Blue Jackets a first-round draft pick in this year's draft if they make the playoffs. If they don't, they'll give Columbus their first-round pick in 2009. Foote can be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He waived his no-trade clause to come back to Colorado, and was said to be ecstatic about coming back.

"(Avs GM Francois Giguere) spoke to Footer, and Footer is thrilled to be back here," Avs coach Joel Quenneville said. "We know we've got a stabilizing defenseman who can play big minutes and matchup minutes, in key situations."

About Salei, a 33-year-old blueliner known as a tough player with some offensive skill, Quenneville said: "He's got some good presence with the puck, and some skill on the back end. He's one more puck-moving defenseman that we could use."

While Foote was on his way to Calgary, the Avs did not say when Forsberg would arrive with the team yet. Forsberg, signed Monday to a prorated, $5 million contract for the rest of the season, will not play tonight and is not expected to play Wednesday night in Vancouver, either. There was hope he might be able to play Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center, but a lot will depend on how he feels after skating with the team in practice.

Avs left winger Ryan Smyth called the return acquisitions of Forsberg and Foote "A sign that management wants to win now."

"I hate playing against a guy like Adam Foote, so to have him on your team is a great thing," Smyth said. "He adds so much on the ice as a physical presence and in the locker room too. We know we have 19 games left, and it's important that we play every game like a playoff game."

Asked if he thought Forsberg still had the ability to play at a high level in the NHL, Sakic said: "Well, a few years ago he missed the whole season and came back and led the playoffs in scoring. So, I'm sure if he says he can play still, he'll be fine."

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

Pendejo
02-26-2008, 04:48 PM
Good moves for the Avs. Forsberg really is a low risk pick up in that they didn't have to give anything up for him. I say limit his minutes, and sort of make him a power play specialist...until the playoffs.

Salei is solid, and Foote brings a lot of meanness on the ice with him. Something the Avs have lacked since they lost both he and Rob Blake. The price is steep, but they should be able to re-sign him since he waived his no trade clause ONLY for the Avs. Apparently he's going to play tonight.

Bronx33
02-26-2008, 05:00 PM
Good moves for the Avs. Forsberg really is a low risk pick up in that they didn't have to give anything up for him. I say limit his minutes, and sort of make him a power play specialist...until the playoffs.

Salei is solid, and Foote brings a lot of meanness on the ice with him. Something the Avs have lacked since they lost both he and Rob Blake. The price is steep, but they should be able to re-sign him since he waived his no trade clause ONLY for the Avs. Apparently he's going to play tonight.


I really like getting salei your right hes a physical player this team has lacked meaness and hard checks for a long time it will be good to see it return.

Pendejo
02-28-2008, 12:43 AM
What a fantastic game tonight. Both goalies stood on their heads. Adam Foote was awesome, and Super Joe scores a clutch goal with 15 ticks left. Tay-o-door shut down the Cansucks in the shoot out, and Svatos puts the nail in the coffin.

Outstanding.

Kid A
02-28-2008, 12:50 AM
that game was nuts. sakic couldn't have come up any bigger.

bronco militia
02-28-2008, 12:53 AM
SUPER JOE TO THE RESCUE!

back to back great games for the Avs.

Pendejo
02-28-2008, 01:02 AM
That game had a definite playoff feel to it.

bronco militia
02-28-2008, 10:56 AM
;D

http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/denver/drew/archives/Drew0228.gif

bronco militia
02-28-2008, 03:05 PM
ETC.: Defenseman Brett Clark will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery Wednesday for his dislocated shoulder. The Avalanche had hoped more conservative measures would solve the problem and enable Clark to return this year

Bronx33
02-29-2008, 07:20 PM
ETC.: Defenseman Brett Clark will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery Wednesday for his dislocated shoulder. The Avalanche had hoped more conservative measures would solve the problem and enable Clark to return this year


That sucks hes a great young defensemen and was probably the reason foote was brought back.

24champ
03-01-2008, 03:19 AM
I'll be there tonight when the Avs get shut out by Cloutier...LOL

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 01:21 PM
Link (http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/bluejackets/stories/2008/03/01/arace01.ART_ART_03-01-08_C1_V49GNET.html?sid=101)

Ummmm yes mr ass Brendan Shanahan was to big for harford


By Michael Arace
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Thoughts that have remained dormant for years have worked to the front of my brain this week. Wisps of memory have emerged, unbidden, and they're telling me that we've all been played by Adam Foote, that he is not the leader of men that he purported to be, and not just because he quit the Blue Jackets.

I worked the Hartford Whalers beat for two seasons, 1995 to '97. The owner was bent on moving the franchise, but he made it sound like he wanted to stay. It was a two-bit carnival performance. Anyway, before the relocation plans became official, a story broke about defenseman Gerald Diduck putting his house up for sale. Diduck said this was pure coincidence, which, of course, was a crock. I don't blame Diduck. As a player, he was caught in the middle of a bad situation.

The year before, Brendan Shanahan, the best player on the Whalers roster, a Rick Nash type in his prime, begged his way out of Hartford. Shanahan fancied himself too big for the city. He said he wanted to play for a winner and hinted at a desire to be with a more stable franchise. He sat at a news conference, flanked by management, and announced he wanted a trade.

There was an editorial cartoon in the Hartford Courant that showed a little kid weeping as he took his Shanahan jersey out to the curb and put it in the trash can. Many fans identified with this sense of betrayal. Others at least appreciated Shanahan's candor and figured if he didn't want to play for the team, at least he was man enough to admit it. So, ship him. Shanahan took abuse as penance until he was traded to Detroit.

Lesson No. 1: Foote said he put his Dublin house on the market last summer because he wanted to "downsize." What he didn't say was he was hunting for a smaller house in the greater Denver area.

Lesson No. 2: Foote professed shock that he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche -- yet he rigged the game for just this outcome.

Here's what we know:

Jackets management wanted to continue negotiating with Foote. It wanted him here for the final stretch of the season. It was willing to lose him without compensation this summer, if it came to that -- which is a testament to its soaring regard for the captain. But Foote wanted $4 million a year for two years, an exorbitant price -- and if he didn't get it, his demand was to be moved to Colorado. And make no mistake, it was a demand.

A private jet, possibly leased by Foote's agent, took off from Pittsburgh on Monday night -- some 16 hours before the trade deadline -- and parked itself at Port Columbus overnight. This is the jet that whisked Foote to Calgary in time for him to suit up for the Avalanche on Tuesday night. Foote prearranged to have a pile of tickets ready for his friends and family.

Here's is some educated guesswork:

Foote regretted the day he signed a free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in 2005. He always planned on retiring in Colorado, something he revealed this week during contract negotiations. No doubt, he will sign for less money than

the Jackets were offering ($3.5 million a year) when he gets his final contract with the Avalanche this summer. Maybe a part of him wanted to finish the job here, but more of him wanted to get back to the high desert plain.

Fine. But at least be a man about it. When you're the captain and you dump your teammates and slight a city and its fans, be honest about your actions -- especially after you've cashed $12 million worth of checks. Don't hide behind a contract demand that was never going to be met. Don't profess to be shocked at a trade when you know there's a private jet waiting at the airport. And don't talk about "downsizing."

The Blue Jackets were five points out the playoffs when Foote fled. He obviously felt he didn't owe the fans anything, didn't owe his teammates anything, didn't owe the organization anything -- not even the truth. His exit strategy was to play us like dupes.

Thanks, Cap.

Michael Arace is a sports reporter for The Dispatch.

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 01:22 PM
I'll be there tonight when the Avs get shut out by Cloutier...LOL


Is he suppose to start?

24champ
03-01-2008, 02:16 PM
Is he suppose to start?

Yes. Erick Ersberg is way too green for the NHL at this point.

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 03:00 PM
Word is no forsberg yet.


Link
(http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=230980&hubname=nhl)

DENVER - Peter Forsberg won't play Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings, saying he needs to practise more with his Colorado Avalanche teammates before playing in a game.

He said he could make his Colorado debut Tuesday night against Vancouver. However, the team has only one practice scheduled before the Canucks game and Forsberg isn't sure that gives him enough time.

The Swedish forward skated for more than an hour Saturday morning with a few teammates. Forsberg said the altitude got to him a bit.

Forsberg signed a one-year deal with Colorado on Monday. His arrival in Denver was delayed until Friday night because of visa paperwork.

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 03:03 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche should be excited about the way they're opening March, having a playoff spot within reach and anticipating the imminent return of Peter Forsberg.

The Avalanche continue their playoff push Saturday when they host the lowly Los Angeles Kings.

The Avs (33-26-6) are tied with Nashville for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but are also within striking distance of first place in the Northwest Division with 17 games to play.

Colorado is coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver on Wednesday, as captain Joe Sakic scored the tying goal with 14.7 seconds left and added another in the shootout.

"Any time you can come from behind and find a way to get two points, it's a big lift for your hockey club," said Sakic, who has a goal and an assist in three games after missing 38 with a sports hernia.

The Avs are expecting another player to return soon.

Forsberg, who played for the Colorado franchise for 10 years before the league's lockout in 2004-05, agreed to a $5 million, one-year deal Monday after sitting out the first five months of the season with a right foot injury. Forsberg was named the 2003 NHL MVP, and led the Avs to Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001.

Forsberg said he won't play in this game, but he could return Tuesday night against Vancouver.

"Every game we've injected a new player," said coach Joel Quenneville, who has also gotten top forwards Paul Stastny (appendectomy) and Ryan Smyth (broken ankle) back in the past two weeks. "We've just got to keep building. Peter should be back soon and that should give us more life."

Stastny has two goals and an assist in four games after missing the previous 15. He has two goals and an assist in three games against the Kings (26-35-4) this season.

The Avs open a four-game homestand with this contest, but they have been terrible at the Pepsi Center lately.

After starting the season 15-3-0 at home, Colorado is 3-8-2 in Denver since Dec. 27. The Avs have been outscored 14-5 during a four-game home losing streak, and have not dropped five in a row at home since an eight-game skid from Oct. 21-Nov. 24, 1990, when the franchise was the Quebec Nordiques.

In their only game against the Kings at the Pepsi Center this season on Dec. 29, the Avs lost 3-1. Colorado, which has won this season's two meetings in Los Angeles, has lost four of its last five home games to the Kings.

Avs goaltender Jose Theodore made 29 saves on Wednesday, improving to 3-1-0 with a 2.15 goals-against average in his last four games after losing his previous four starts. Theodore, who is just 1-5-0 with a 3.42 GAA at home since Jan. 22, is 1-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA against the Kings this season.

Los Angeles fell to Edmonton 5-4 on Thursday, losing for the fourth time in five games. The Kings have allowed a league-high 217 goals, including 11 in their last two contests.

"If you look at the game it wasn't a matter of them making great plays it was a matter of us making poor plays," said Dustin Brown, who scored twice Thursday. "When you make that many mistakes it's tough to win games."

Brown has one goal and two assists versus the Avalanche this season.

Dan Cloutier stopped 22 shots on Thursday in his third straight start for No. 1 goalie Jason LaBarbera, who is nursing a groin injury. LaBarbera's status for this game is unknown.

24champ
03-01-2008, 03:03 PM
Shame, I was hoping the Kings would take his other spleen...

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 03:26 PM
Shame, I was hoping the Kings would take his other spleen...


Sorry to dissapoint..

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 09:27 PM
Wtf!! drills him right into the pole?

Pendejo
03-01-2008, 09:39 PM
Wtf!! drills him right into the pole?

It was a brutal, awkward, but clean hit. Smyth gets the **** kicked out of him. Hopefully everything they were doing was precautionary.

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 09:46 PM
It was a brutal, awkward, but clean hit. Smyth gets the **** kicked out of him. Hopefully everything they were doing was precautionary.


Ya clean but you can't tell me the player don't know where those partitions are and svatos cross checked from behind was pathetic.

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 09:52 PM
Comon blake let johnson defend himself!

Pendejo
03-01-2008, 09:52 PM
Ya clean but you can't tell me the player don't know where those partitions are and svatos cross checked from behind was pathetic.

I think it was just awkward. I don't think Johnson purposefully bounced him off of the thing. I agree on the Svatos deal though.

What is Rob Blake thinking...Lappy challenges Johnson...Johnson starts to take off the visor, and Blake jumps in. What a douche.

(Edit: Smyth was walking, and talking as he left the rink.)

Pendejo
03-01-2008, 09:59 PM
Sakic lights the lamp. Run the ****ers out of the building.

Bronx33
03-01-2008, 11:12 PM
I think it was just awkward. I don't think Johnson purposefully bounced him off of the thing. I agree on the Svatos deal though.

What is Rob Blake thinking...Lappy challenges Johnson...Johnson starts to take off the visor, and Blake jumps in. What a douche.

(Edit: Smyth was walking, and talking as he left the rink.)


Good news and iam hoping he probably got his bell rung good and that is all. Iam also reading that Svatos walked out of the arena without crutches

24champ
03-02-2008, 01:46 AM
That was Karma on Smyth.

Kid A
03-02-2008, 03:57 AM
That was Karma on Smyth.

No, karma is that piece of crap Marc Crawford coaching a team that is 9 points behind the next worst team in the conference.