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Hejduk, Stastny Combine for 11 Points

Sunday, 12.09.2007 / 8:14 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
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The Colorado Avalanche scored four goals within a 7:26 span during the second period en route to a 9-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues Sunday night at Pepsi Center. With the victory, the Avalanche earned its 1,000th regular season win as a franchise and became the sixth-fastest team in NHL history to reach the 1,000-win milestone (2,187 games).

Milan Hejduk recorded a hat trick and added three assists for Colorado to extend his scoring streak to seven games (7g/7a), while Paul Stastny notched two goals and three assists.

“It was just one of those nights where everything that we touched went in,” said Hejduk. “It was really a fun game to play.  The whole team played well.  It would be nice to repeat that, and we need more of these nights.”

Stastny started off the second-period scoring spree and gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead when he made good on a cross-ice feed from Jaroslav Hlinka at 10:01. Wojtek Wolski then notched his 10th tally of the season at 11:28 off assists from Andrew Brunette and Scott Hannan.

Brett Clark gave the Avs a three-goal edge when he knocked home his third goal of the year after trailing on a 2-on-1 Colorado rush at 14:38, while Ryan Smyth ended the run with a backhanded wraparound marker at 17:27.

“It’s always fun when you’re winning and scoring goals, everyone is chipping in,” said Stastny. “It’s just one game and now we have to worry about the next two games coming up.”

Jay McClement opened the scoring at the 10:14 mark of the first period when he one-timed a cross-ice feed from Lee Stempniak.

The Avs got the goal back on a play that started with an aggressive forecheck from Smyth, who bumped St. Louis defenseman Christian Backman off the puck near the right faceoff circle and centered a pass to Hejduk in the low slot. Hejduk put a wrist shot past Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen at 15:37 for his 11th goal of the season.

Hejduk made it a 2-1 game at the 5:02 mark of the second on his 100th career power-play tally. The Avalanche forward knocked home the rebound of a Clark attempt to become just the fourth player in franchise history to score 100 power-play goals, joining Joe Sakic (203), Michel Goulet (146) and Peter Stastny (120).

Only 42 seconds later, McClement was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down by Karlis Skrastins. McClement converted on the attempt by slipping a shot past Jose Theodore’s outstretched glove to even the game at 2-2 before the Avalanche rallied off its four straight goals to close out the second-period scoring.

St. Louis mustered a bit of a comeback early in the third period to make it a 6-4 game on goals from Doug Weight and David Perron at :24 and 1:24, respectively, but the Avalanche answered with a trio of tallies.

Stastny recorded his second goal of the contest at 7:36 to put an end to the St. Louis momentum, while Hejduk completed his hat trick with a power-play goal at 12:16. Wolski then notched a power-play tally of his own at 14:17 before Stempniak rounded out the scoring for St. Louis at 19:19.

Notes: The hat trick was the fifth of Hejduk’s career, while his six points were a career best…Hejduk surpassed 300 assists for his career…Stastny tied his career high with five points tonight…He had five points earlier this year on Oct. 7 vs. San Jose…The Avalanche is 12-3-0 at home this season…Only Detroit (13) owns more home victories than the Avalanche…With tonight’s victory, the Avalanche posted its third-best record after 15 home games in franchise history (.800 points percentage)…The 2000-01 team was 12-1-2 (.867) and the 1994-95 squad was 11-1-3 (.833)…Colorado also matched the 2000-01 club for the most wins after 15 homes games with 12…Brunette played in his 400th consecutive game, the third longest active streak in the league…Joel Quenneville moved into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time coaching wins list with 410 victories…The Avalanche head coach broke a tie with Darryl Sutter and Jacques Demers  (409 wins each) with tonight’s victory…The 14 combined goals is a Pepsi Center record.

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