Memorable Moments And Personal Milestones Of The 2012-13 Season
ColoradoAvalanche.com has compiled some of most memorable moments and personal milestones from the 2012-13 season. Below is a look at each of them, beginning with opening night in Minnesota.
The Avalanche opened the season in Minnesota against the Wild, and it didn't take long for newcomer John Mitchell to establish himself in the burgundy and blue jerseys. On his first shift as a member of the Avs, and 2:07 into the game, Mitchell scored to give Colorado an early 1-0 lead.
Cody McLeod also found the back of the net in the contest and in typical McLeod fashion, also had a fight – the first of his seven team-leading bouts during the season.
It was also a big night for Colorado's other enforcer, Patrick Bordeleau, as he made his NHL debut. Fittingly enough, Bordeleau's debut came against the team that selected him in the fourth round of the 2004 Entry Draft.
The season opener also marked the first game for Gabriel Landeskog as the team captain – the fourth in Avalanche history.
Three nights after opening the season in Minnesota, the Avs took to their home ice and in front of their home fans at Pepsi Center. They welcomed the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, who were coming off a banner-raising ceremony and a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks days earlier
Colorado dropped Los Angeles's record to 0-2 and picked up its first win of the year as they scored three third period goals en route to a 3-1 victory. One of those goals came from Gabriel Landeskog, who was honored before the game for winning the 2011-12 Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's most outstanding rookie.
Erik Johnson also played in his 300th career NHL game in the contest.
Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves and didn't allow a goal as Colorado defeated Columbus 4-0. John Mitchell broke the game wide-open for Colorado in the third period with a goal, extending the lead to 3-0. Mitchell's goal came after he had left the game earlier after being hit in the face with the puck from a Columbus shot.
Chuck Kobasew recorded his 200th career NHL point with an assist on Duchene's first goal of the night.
Patrick Bordeleau recorded his first NHL fight, coming at 2:20 of the first period against Jared Boll.
Just hours after participating in the American Hockey League All-Star Classic in Providence, R.I., Michael Sgarbossa was called up to the major leagues to make his NHL debut. After a cross-continent trip to Vancouver, Sgarbossa played in his first NHL contest against the Canucks.
Cody McLeod recorded his 73rd career fighting major in the game, passing Jeff Odgers (72) for the most in Avalanche history. He also went over 800 career penalty minutes, becoming the sixth player in franchise history—and second in Avalanche history—to surpass 800 career PIM.
Paul Stastny scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the game and added an assist to help lead the Avalanche to a 6-3 win in Calgary. Stastny's three points were a season high.
John Mitchell matched Stastny with a three-point game (2g/1a) and tied a career-high in the process as well. It was Mitchell's second career three-point game and third multi-goal effort.
The Avalanche extended their home-winning streak to three games with a 3-1 victory over the Oilers. Jamie McGinn had a goal and an assist and five shots in the game. Colorado fired 40 shots overall in the contest.
Milan Hejduk became the first player in Avalanche history to appear in 1,000 career regular season games. He was honored before the home contest against Dallas with a silver stick in recognition of his accomplishment.
At the time, he became only the 30th player in NHL history to appear in 1,000 games while spending their entire career with a single franchise.
Selected in the fourth round (87th overall) of the 1994 Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques, Hejduk became only the second player in Nordiques/Avalanche history to skate in 1,000 regular season games, joining Joe Sakic, who dressed in 1,378 contests (508 with Quebec, 870 with Colorado).
A native of Usti-nad Labem, Czech Republic, Hejduk was the ninth Czech-born player to reach the century mark.
On his 37th birthday, Milan Hejduk reached 800 career points and helped the Avs defeat the Minnesota Wild. Hejduk became the fourth player in franchise history – second in Colorado history – to reach 800 points; other players include Joe Sakic (1,641), Peter Stastny (1.048) and Michael Goulet (945). He became just the third Czech-born player in NHL history to reach 800 points, joining Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias.
It was the second time in his career that Hejduk scored a goal on his birthday. He last did it as a rookie on Feb. 14, 1999 against Philadelphia.
PA Parenteau appeared in his 200th career NHL game.
Semyon Varlamov set a career high with 50 saves in a high scoring affair against the Edmonton Oilers. It was the second-most saves in a game by an Avalanche netminder since the team moved from Quebec (Patrick Roy made 51 saves on Dec. 10, 1997 in Toronto) and the fourth 50-plus save performance in franchise history. It equaled Clint Malarchuk's franchise record for most saves in a regulation game (March 20, 1983 at Winnipeg).
Varlamov stopped 22 of the 50 shots in the first period, the second-highest save total in a single period in Avs history (Roy had 23 twice).
Tyson Barrie registered his first career multi-point game with a pair of assists.
Matt Duchene and PA Parenteau each had a goal and two assists in the contest, and Chuck Kobasew scored his first goal of the season. It was Duchene's second-straight three-point game after having three points against Edmonton on Feb. 16.
Aaron Palushaj tallied a career-high three points (1g/2a) in the contest.
Tyson Barrie scored his first NHL goal with a slap shot from the point in the first period.
David Jones scored with 16.4 seconds left in overtime to snap a scoreless tie and give Colorado a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. It was Jones' sixth career overtime goal, which ranks third in franchise history behind only Milan Hejduk (9) and Joe Sakic (7). All six of those OT winners had come since Jan. 1, 2011, the highest total of any NHL player during that time span.
Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season.
Jan Hejda reached 100 career points with two assists against the San Jose Sharks.
John Mitchell registered a career-high seven hits.
The Avalanche erased a three-goal deficit and defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a wild game at Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche also signed Ryan O'Reilly to a two-year contract in the night.
The Chicago Blackhawks' record streak came to an end on a Friday night at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche used four second-period goals to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-2, and end their 24-game point streak – the longest in NHL history to start a season.
Chicago went 21-0-3 in its first 24 games of the season and had won a franchise-record 11 straight games before the Avalanche did what no other team could – beat them in regulation. The Blackhawks' streak was the third longest in NHL history behind the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens' 28 games and the 1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers' 35 games.
Duchene matched a career high in the game with four points (1g/3a), while Parenteau tied his career high with three points (1g/2a).
The dramatics for the Avs continued two nights later versus the San Jose Sharks as Matt Duchene scored the latest overtime goal in franchise history to give Colorado a 3-2 win.
With time running out in overtime, Duchene swatted at a rebound from a PA Parenteau shot and the puck found the back of the net with 0.3 seconds left in the extra frame. Officially recorded at 4:49 of OT, the goal was Duchene's third career overtime winner.
The previous franchise record for the latest OT goal was 4:58 set by Ville Nieminen on Jan. 17, 2002 vs. Phoenix and equaled by Ryan O’Reilly on Feb. 10, 2012 vs. Carolina. Duchene's goal was the first at the 4:59 mark of overtime in an NHL game since March 18, 2012, when Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell accomplished the feat against Pittsburgh.
Kobasew tallied the game-winning goal and picked up his 100th career assist in the contest. He also had a career-high plus-4 rating.
For Olver, he tied his career high with two points (1g/1a) and was a career-best plus-3.
Gabriel Landeskog also tallied a short-handed goal in the game, his second in as many contests. It was the first time that a Colorado player had scored shorthanded in back-to-back games since Joe Sakic did it from Feb 23-25, 2001. The contest also marked Landeskog's 100th career NHL game.
Erik Johnson recorded a career-high eight hits at Dallas. It equaled the most hits by an Avalanche defenseman since the league began tracking the stat in 2005-06, tying Jan Hejda's eight hits from Feb. 16.
On NHL Trophy Night at Pepsi Center, PA Parenteau had a nice 30th birthday as he tallied a goal and one assist versus Vancouver.
Matt Duchene won 24-of-29 faceoffs (82.8%) that he took in game at Calgary. His 24 wins equaled the second-most faceoff wins in Avalanche history, and Duchene's 82.8 win percentage was the highest in Avs history among players who had taken at least 25 draws or won at least 20.
The Avalanche did not commit a single penalty in Vancouver against the Canucks. It was only the second time in franchise history that Colorado did not get called for a single penalty in a game. The only other occasion was April 9, 2000 vs. Detroit, when neither team was whistled for an infraction.
Tyson Barrie scored 50 seconds into overtime to give the Avalanche 1-0 victory over Nashville. He became the first rookie defenseman in Avalanche history to score an overtime goal.
Furthermore, Barrie also became only the second rookie defenseman in NHL history to score an overtime winner in a 1-0 regular season game. Nashville's Cody Franson accomplished the feat on March 20, 2010 vs. Columbus.
Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season and his seventh as a member of the Avalanche.
Erik Johnson Logged a season-high 28:50 of ice time on April 5 vs. Detroit, the most minutes by an Avalanche player during the season.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves to help the Avs defeat his former team, the Anaheim Ducks, 4-1.
Gabriel Landeskog scored his third short-handed goal of the season in the game. It was the most short-handed goals in a season by a Colorado player since 2006-07 when Bard Richardson also scored three.
Goaltender Sami Aittokallio made his NHL debut in net against the Los Angeles Kings. The Finnish goalie made 23 saves before leaving midway through the third period with dehydration and cramping in his legs.
Patrick Bordeleau scored his first NHL goal.
The Avalanche announced that Adam Foote's No. 52 jersey will be retired during the 2013-14 season. The former Colorado captain's number will join Joe Sakic's No. 19, Patrick Roy's No. 33 and Ray Bourque's No. 77 in the rafters of Pepsi Center.
Jan Hejda scored with 7.6 seconds left in the game to give Colorado a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center. It was Hejda's fourth career game-winning goal.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere earned his 250th career victory in the game. He became the 10th active goaltender to reach the 250-win mark.
On Military Appreciation Night, Jean-Sebastien Giguere won his 251st career game and passed Johnny Bower for sole possession of 45th place on the all-time wins list.
Jamie McGinn tied his career high with two goals and three points in the 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. It was McGinn's third multi-goal game of his career, all of which has occurred since he joined Colorado on Feb. 27, 2012. It was also his second career three-point game, with his first occurring earlier in the season Feb. 16 at Edmonton.
Despite losing the season finale, Avalanche players still gave the jerseys off their backs to selected fans as part of the organization's Fan Appreciation Night activities.