Avalanche Wins Fourth Straight, Blanks Boston 2-0
Monday, 03.5.2007 / 10:00 PM MT / News
BOSTON (AP) - Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots and Brett Clark broke a scoreless deadlock in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to their fourth straight win, 2-0 over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Milan Hejduk scored an empty-net goal and added an assist for the Avalanche, 3-0 on a season-high, five-game road trip. Colorado, the ninth-place team in the Western Conference, entered the night 10 points behind the playoff cutoff.
Budaj, chosen as the NHL's No. 3 star for last week, made seven saves in each period to record his third shutout of the season and fifth of his career.
Tim Thomas stopped 28 shots for the Bruins, whose two-game winning streak ended. Boston is 12th in the Eastern Conference, four places and four points behind eighth-place Carolina.
The Avalanche outshot the Bruins 19-14 in the scoreless first 40 minutes. Boston had several good scoring chances, but couldn't convert.
Budaj stopped Mark Mowers on a breakaway in the closing seconds of the first period, then made a glove save on Glen Murray's one-timer early in the second.
Clark finally gave the Avalanche the lead at 2:57 into the third when he retrieved Hejduk's pass and fired a slap shot from just beyond the right circle through a crowd and past Thomas.
Paul Stastny also assisted on the goal, tying the franchise record for consecutive games with a point for a rookie (16). Stastny's dad, Peter, also had points in 16 straight games during the 1980-81 season, when the Avalanche were the Quebec Nordiques.
Stastny, whose point streak is an NHL best this season, is one game away from tying Teemu Selanne's NHL rookie record, set in 1992-93.
Hejduk sealed the victory with 39 seconds left, scoring his 26th goal.
Notes: It was Colorado's first game in Boston since beating the Bruins 3-2 in overtime on Feb. 4, 2003. ... Colorado D Karlis Skrastins missed his fifth game with a knee injury. ... Boston fell to 3-1 against Northwest Division teams this season and 4-2-2 against the Western Conference.