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Theodore Records 28 Saves in Victory

Friday, 12.07.2007 / 10:03 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
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Theodore Records 28 Saves in Victory
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Netminder Jose Theodore gave Colorado a stellar 28-save performance while Jaroslav Hlinka and Milan Hejduk scored a goal apiece to lead the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night at Pepsi Center.

Theodore, who made seven saves during the third period to keep the Flyers at bay, earned his sixth victory of the season.

"Our focus was playing well defensively and I think for myself I saw the puck well," said Theodore. "I didn’t change much from last game. I think if you look at the game, I just allowed some goals that I shouldn’t have. But I just kept going in the same direction and the guys played well."

The Avalanche outshot the Flyers by a 10-7 margin during a scoreless first period, peppering Philadelphia netminder Martin Biron with a barrage of shots in the frame’s closing minutes.

Hlinka then opened the scoring at 7:26 of the second period with his fourth goal of the season. Hlinka took a pass from Andrew Brunette near center ice and led a 3-on-2 break before putting a shot over Biron’s left shoulder from the right faceoff circle.

Daniel Briere evened the game at 17:55 with a power-play goal off a feed from Kimmo Timonen to deadlock the game at 1-1. However, the Avalanche responded before the end of the period on a Hejduk power-play tally with 2.9 seconds showing on the clock.

Paul Stastny and Ryan Smyth cycled the puck down low in Philadelphia’s zone before Smyth made a backhand feed from behind the net to Hejduk. The forward then shelved a shot past Biron from just outside the crease for his second game-winner of the year. With the goal, Hejduk extended his point streak to six games (4g/4a).

Notes: Tonight marked the first time Philadelphia had visited Denver since Dec. 27, 2003…Colorado is 11-3-0 at Pepsi Center this season...Hejduk's game-winner was the 48th of his career, tying Michel Goulet for second place in franchise history behind Joe Sakic (86).. Hejduk scored his 99th career power-play goal, leaving him one shy of becoming just the fourth player in franchise history to score 100 PPG…Sakic has 203, followed by Goulet (146) and Peter Stastny (120)...The Avalanche franchise has now recorded 999 regular-season wins, which includes 16 seasons as the Quebec Nordiques and 11+ seasons as the Colorado Avalanche…The franchise has posted a 999-888-261-38 regular season record…Joel Quenneville earned his 409th victory as an NHL head coach tonight, tying him with Darryl Sutter and Jacques Demers for 19th  place on the all-time coaching wins list.
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