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Old 01-15-2008, 10:09 PM   #155
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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.
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