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Old 11-20-2007, 03:04 PM   #76
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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.
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Old 11-22-2007, 11:14 PM   #78
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Avs beat the oilers 3-2 to put them back in first place! and also end the 3 game slide good tough game.
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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.
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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.


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

That was not funny Mister!
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That was not funny Mister!
come on man,don't be like maxipus.
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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.
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Go Sharks! F the Avalanche.
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damn dude don't go philly fan on me.
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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.

I doubt Chadta reads this Av thread so we're good.
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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.
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2-1 Sharks....haha
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