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Laperriere's Two Goals Lead Avs to Victory

Thursday, 11.08.2007 / 12:49 AM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
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Ian Laperriere always brings his trademark hard-nosed style to the ice each night. On Wednesday evening at Pepsi Center, Laperriere brought all that and more, recording two goals and an assist in a 4-3 shootout victory for the Avalanche.

The veteran forward scored his first two goals of the season – and nearly added a third – while Tyler Arnason contributed a goal and one assist and Marek Svatos netted the game-clinching tally in the shootout.

“I just go to the net and they’ll find me,” said Laperriere about his two-goal performance. “Tonight I was at the right place at the right time. I’m not a goal scorer but I know I can help my team in that regard.”

The Oilers took a 3-2 lead after a frenetic first period that saw Colorado outshoot Edmonton by a 15-12 margin.

Ian Laperriere opened the scoring for the Avalanche at the 3:46 mark when he tipped home a Jeff Finger attempt for his first goal of the season.

After a Kyle Brodziak tally for the Oilers at 7:57, Tyler Arnason again gave Colorado the lead when he stuffed home an Andrew Brunette feed at 11:55.

Edmonton closed out the first-period scoring with goals from Tom Gilbert and Ales Hemsky at 12:29 and 13:38, respectively, to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.

After the chaotic opening frame, things calmed down a bit during the second period. Both squads had their share of opportunities, but Peter Budaj and Dwayne Roloson held their ground in goal.

The Avs would finally break through early in the third period. After grabbing the puck out of the left corner, Arnason threw a shot toward the goal that Laperriere deflected past Roloson with the shaft of his stick at the 2:20 mark. Laperriere’s goal, which tied the game, 3-3, was his second tally of the evening.

The assistant captain nearly completed the hat trick at the 13:05 mark but rung the post on a slap shot from the right faceoff dot with the Avs shorthanded.

At the 11:35 mark, Budaj made a great glove save on a Raffi Torres shot from the point to keep the game knotted at 3-3. The score remained the same through the remainder of the third period and overtime, leading to a shootout.

Wojtek Wolski recorded the shootout’s first goal, faking to his backhand before putting a low forehand shot past Roloson. The next four shooters were held scoreless before a low shot from Torres beat Budaj and sent the shootout into a sudden victory format.

Svatos flipped a shot just over Roloson’s glove on his attempt, while Edmonton’s Marty Reasoner hit the left goal post in Edmonton’s final chance, securing an Avalanche victory.

Budaj finished with 30 saves to earn his sixth victory of the season.

Notes: The Avalanche finished 4-1-0 on its five-game homestand....Colorado is now 8-1 at home this season, matching Ottawa for the best home mark in the NHL… Colorado improved to 2-0 in shootouts this season, while Edmonton lost for the first time in four shootouts (3-1)…Laperriere matched his career high with three points tonight (2g/1a), his sixth career three point game.
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