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Old 12-03-2007, 11:24 PM   #101
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ok this means i will visit your thread for a game..
Lamp just went off in the Kings game courtesy of Kopitar. 1-0 over Oilers.
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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.

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

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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.
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2-1 Avs and a fun game to watch.
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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.

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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...showtopic=2927
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