Svatos Nets Two in Avs' Victory
Forward Scores 10th and 11th Goals of the Season vs. Calgary
Monday, 02.2.2009 / 10:29 PM MT / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Avs Snap Skid With 4-3 Win
Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak with tonight’s win over Calgary. The four straight losses (all at home) marked the team’s longest home losing skid of the season.
-After losing its first four matchups with the Flames this season, Colorado won the final two meetings.
-The Avalanche will wrap up its season-high eight-game homestand on Thursday night against the Dallas Stars. The stretch of games in Denver is the club’s second longest homestand in franchise history, trailing only a nine-game stay wrapped around the Olympic Break in 2001-02.
-The Avs are now 6-3-1 when Svatos scores a goal and 11-7-1 when the winger registers a point.
-Tonight was the 29th one-goal game Colorado has been a part of this season, the highest number in the NHL.
-The Avalanche didn’t allow a power-play goal for the first time in its last 11 contests.
-Referee Kerry Fraser officiated his 1,800th career game tonight.
Svatos scored two goals and added an assist Monday night in Colorado’s 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center. But what has to make his coaches and Avalanche fans particularly pleased is that both of the tallies were the direct result of going hard toward the net.
After Calgary jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Rene Bourque goal, Svatos evened things up before the buzzer sounded to end the first period. As Tyler Arnason controlled the puck along the left boards, Svatos cut down the middle of the ice. Arnason made a cross-ice feed meant for Chris Stewart, but when it was partially deflected by a Calgary defenseman and ended up loose in front of the Calgary net, Svatos jumped on it and buried his 10th goal of the season.
“Before the game, we said we have to get as many pucks on the net as we can," said Svatos. "I think we did that well tonight."
The fifth-year pro added another goal in the second period, showing off his speed and knack for finding open areas on the ice. With Cody McLeod streaking up the left wing, Svatos hopped around defenseman Dion Phaneuf to get inside position and knocked home a feed from his linemate after barreling toward the net.
It marked the first time this year Svatos has scored twice in a game after totaling five multi-goal efforts a season ago. He also had a prime opportunity to complete the hat trick, but missed the net late in the game shortly after Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff had been pulled for the extra attacker.
“I’ve been struggling not scoring goals lately. I’ve had lots of opportunities so it was nice to see I finally got a couple bounces tonight. Hopefully that’s going to be the case in the next 30 games.”
Hejduk Climbing the Ladder
Hejduk’s aforementioned goal gave him 636 career points (304g/332a), tying him with Anton Stastny for fifth place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. The goal came with Calgary’s Adrian Aucoin in the penalty box for holding the stick, making it the 112th power-play tally of Hejduk’s career.
The 10-year veteran has now scored in each of his last three outings, including a two-goal effort last Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Pepsi Center. Hejduk leads the Avalanche with 19 goals this season.
Iron Man in the Making
Forward Cody McLeod appeared in his 100th NHL game tonight. The Binscarth, Manitoba native has skated in 100 consecutive games (110 including the playoffs) since making his NHL debut on Dec. 19, 2007. McLeod recorded his fourth assist of the season on Svatos’ first goal tonight.