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Aebischer Notches First Shutout Of The Year In 5-0 Win

Friday, 11.25.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Aebischer Notches First Shutout Of The Year In 5-0 Win
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Marek Svatos had a goal and two assists, Andrew Brunette added a goal and assist, and David Aebischer stopped 35 shots to help the Colorado Avalanche beat Columbus 5-0 on Friday night, handing the Blue Jackets their seventh loss in a row.

Ian Laperriere, Brad May and Joe Sakic also scored and Pierre Turgeon had two assists as Colorado improved to 15-0-1-1 against the Blue Jackets since Columbus came into the NHL five seasons ago.

It was another sorry showing for the Blue Jackets, who have not led in the last 420 minutes. They have lost 11 of 12 including five straight at home. They hit the road for a three-game trip having lost nine in a row away from Ohio.

Aebischer ran his record to 5-0 against the Blue Jackets.

The Avs had lost a season-high three in a row coming in.

Columbus has been shut out three times and has scored fewer than three goals in 16 of its 23 games. The offense ranks a distant last in the NHL as the Blue Jackets continue to try to find goals without top scorer Rick Nash, defensemen Adam Foote and Rostislav Klesla, and goaltender Marc Denis, all of whom are out with injuries.

The Avalanche scored two goals off nifty assists late in the opening period, the first on a power play.

Brunette carried the puck as he rushed the net along the goal line from the right wing but lost control in the crease. Svatos was there to score his 11th goal at 13:25.

With 33 seconds left in the period, Columbus' Sergei Fedorov gave up the puck behind the net. Turgeon backhanded a centering pass from the boards to Laperriere, who one-timed it for his eighth goal.

The Avalanche made it 3-0 with 24 seconds left in the second, with Brunette scoring on a rebound of Rob Blake's blast from the point.

There were boos from a sellout crowd of 18,136 after the Avalanche scored twice in a span of 75 seconds in the third period. May was left with an open net after Svatos' pass to him on the doorstep. Sakic scored on an odd-man rush off an assist from Milan Hejduk.

Game notes
Columbus captain Luke Richardson was a healthy scratch. Foote, who played for Quebec/Colorado the last 13 seasons, was scratched due to a groin injury. ... Turgeon hurt his groin in the second period and didn't return. ... Some Avalanche fans unfurled a sign wishing D John-Michael Liles, an Indiana native, a happy 25th birthday.

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