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Avs Top Edmonton, 4-2, on Historic Night

Wednesday, 11.28.2007 / 10:21 PM MT / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to
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Just over a month prior to Wednesday night’s game against Edmonton, the Avalanche hit three milestones in a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 26. On that memorable evening, Andrew Brunette recorded his 500th career point, head coach Joel Quenneville notched his 400th career victory and Joe Sakic cracked the 1,600-point barrier.

Tonight’s game against the Oilers didn’t quite match that trifecta, but it came close. The Avalanche’s 4-2 victory over Edmonton marked the club’s 500th regular season win since arriving in the Mile High City.

Quenneville also hit another milestone, earning his 100th win as head coach of the Avalanche. He became the fourth coach in franchise history to record 100 victories with the team, joining Michel Bergeron (265), Bob Hartley (193) and Marc Crawford (165).

“We definitely worked harder than the previous games. We kept the pucks on our sticks and spent more time in their zone and had a lot of shots tonight," said Milan Hejduk, who recorded a goal and two assists. "It still can be better but us as a line, I felt like it was a decent game. Every line contributed tonight and overall it was a great team effort.”

The Avs started out the game with a bang, scoring a pair of goals only 25 seconds apart.

First, Hejduk deposited the rebound of a Jaroslav Hlinka attempt into the far side of the net at the 4:14 mark of the opening frame. Brett Clark then made it a 2-0 game when he one-timed a Hejduk feed past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson at 4:39.

Colorado struck on the power play at the 8:45 mark of the second period when Stastny found Avalanche captain Joe Sakic between the faceoff circles. After gathering the puck and finding a shooting lane, Sakic put a low wrister past Roloson for his seventh goal of the season to give the Avs a 3-0 advantage.

Wojtek Wolski extended the Avs’ lead to four goals when he one-timed a feed from Sakic at 14:38.

Through two periods, the Avalanche outshot the Oilers by a 36-9 margin.

Edmonton made it a two-goal contest in the third period on goals by Raffi Torres at 8:15 and Shawn Horcoff at 14:11, but would get no closer.

Peter Budaj stopped 11-of-13 shots to improve his record to 9-4-0 on the season.

The Avs are 500-286-101-38 since moving to the Mile High City...Sakic scored his 203rd career power-play goal, passing Steve Yzerman (202) for sole possession of 13th place all-time…Sakic is now one shy of tying Wayne Gretzky for 12th place in NHL history with 204 PPG...Budaj is 4-0 against the Oilers this season and 8-1-2 in 11 career games versus Edmonton...Kurt Sauer’s assist tonight gives him six points for the season (1g/5a), tying his career high set in 2003-04 and 2006-07...The Avalanche recorded a season-high 43 shots-on-goal and faced a season-low 13 shots against.
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