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Avs Find Another Way to Keep Winning
Monday, 10.28.2013 / 12:52 AM
As it continues to author a season start that not many around here have ever seen or expected to see this season, the Avalanche keeps coming up with new ways to win.
The Avs hadn’t trailed after 40 minutes of any game this season, but they waved off that slight bit of adversity during the second intermission and came out firing, continuing a trend this season of winning games in a variety of ways.
Colorado this season has recorded some blowout wins (6-1 vs. Anaheim, 5-1 at Washington), some edge-of-your-seat nailbiters (2-1 at Toronto, 1-0 at Pittsburgh) and now a better-late-than-never thriller.
“It’s just another step in the right direction, trailing after two and coming back,” Gabriel Landeskog said. “I think for us, we stayed with it, stayed with the game plan, [and] I think we felt all game long that we could win this game. We got ourselves in a little bit of penalty trouble, but we stayed with it and got two big goals in the third.”
Hejda’s score came with about 13 minutes to play in regulation when he lifted his stick high and let loose from 50 feet, roofing the puck past Winnipeg goalie Al Montoya. Stastny’s game winner was with five minutes left, after a couple of perfect passes from Alex Tanguay and Gabriel Landeskog.
Avs Rally in Third Period, Beat Jets 3-2
By Rick Sadowski - NHL.com Correspondent
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche showed Sunday night that they are capable of rallying too.
Trailing after two periods for the first time this season, the Avalanche used third-period goals from Paul Stastny and Jan Hejda to pull out a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center for their 10th victory in 11 games.
The Avalanche matched the franchise record for wins in October set in 2009-10.
"Like I said to the guys between the second and the third, during a season you always have to face adversity at a moment," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "It was important for us to try and give our best period. I'm proud of our guys. They battled even harder in the third. We made a couple of adjustments and they played hard.
• Colorado’s 10 victories this month matched the franchise record for wins in the month of October…The Avs also won 10 games in October 2009 (10-2-2).
• Matt Duchene scored his team-leading ninth goal of the year Sunday, tying the Colorado Avalanche record for most goals scored in the month of October (since the team moved to Denver)…Joe Sakic scored nine in October 1997, Peter Forsberg in October 2000 and Chris Stewart in October 2010.
• The nine goals are Duchene’s most-ever in a single month, surpassing the eight tallies he had in December 2010.
• Semyon Varlamov finished 7-1-0 in October (.875), which is the highest points percentage by an Avalanche/Nordiques goalie in the month of October…The previous mark was .800 by Patrick Roy in October 2000 (7-1-2).
• The Avs went 5 for 5 on the penalty kill tonight, extending their streak to 18 consecutive kills, which is a season high.
ROY POSTGAME: Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy discusses the 3-2 win over Winnipeg in his postgame news conference.
GAME RECAP: The Altitude Radio Network recaps the Avalanche's victory over the Jets.
i dont care about football just over an hour till puck drop #goavsgo— karl larson (@losman85320) October 27, 2013
The real "Matty Ice" lives in Denver and plays for the Colorado Avalanche. On fire! #GoAvsGo— Jason Bills (@JasonBills) October 28, 2013
Great to see three consecutive good shifts in a row! #GOAvsGO Keep peppering Winnepeg with shots!— Anna Shethar (@bananaboat1) October 28, 2013
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Avs vs. Jets Might Be Game of Energy
By Scott Ward
The Avalanche is in the middle of the lightest part of its 2013-14 schedule, save for the NHL’s two-week break in February for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
After making it through a jam-packed first three weeks (eight games) and before taking on a full November slate (14 games), the Avs will play Winnipeg tonight at Pepsi Center (6 p.m. MT) in just their third scheduled game between October 21 and Nov. 1.
Colorado had three days off between its Monday win at Pittsburgh and its home win Friday against Carolina, and it will get four days off after tonight before it faces Dallas in Texas on Friday.
The NHL regular season is a long one, spanning from September into April, so breaks like this are welcome, especially when entering them on a hot streak. Colorado has won nine of its first 10 games, and is the first NHL team to start 9-1-0 or better since Pittsburgh had the same record in the 2009-10 season.
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• Colorado is the first NHL team to start 9-1-0 or better since the 2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins (9-1-0)
• Patrick Roy has guided the Avalanche to a 9-1-0 record in his first 10 games, becoming the fifth coach in NHL history to win nine of his first 10 games behind the bench. Roy led the Avs to a 6-0-0 start in his first six games at the helm, tying the NHL record for consecutive wins by a head coach to begin his career.
• The Avalanche and Jets will compete in the same division this season, facing off a total of five times during the 2013-14 campaign. The Avs will host Winnipeg three times while making two trips to Manitoba. The last time these clubs met was during the 2011-12 season, with the Jets sweeping both meetings (4-1 on Dec. 27, 2011 at Pepsi Center and 5-1 on Feb. 19, 2012 at the MTS Centre). The Avs are 7-7-3 all-time versus the Thrashers/Jets, 3-4-2 at home.
• Matt Duchene leads the Avalanche and is tied for third in the NHL with eight goals. He is one shy of tying the Colorado Avalanche record for most goals scored in the month of October (since the team moved to Denver). Joe Sakic scored nine in October 1997, Peter Forsberg in October 2000 and Chris Stewart in October 2010. The eight tallies equal Duchene's most goals scored in a single month, as he also lit the lamp eight times in December of 2010.
• Duchene's eight goals through 10 contests matches the highest total by an Avalanche player through the team’s first 10 games of a season since the franchise relocated to Denver. Forsberg (2000-01), Milan Hejduk (2003-04) and Stewart (2010-11) are the only other Avalanche players to accomplish that feat. Duchene and Ryan Getzlaf share the league lead with three game-winning goals this year.
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JETS (5-5-2) at AVALANCHE (9-1-0)
TV: TSN-JETS; ALT
Last 10: Winnipeg 3-5-2
Season series: The Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche meet for the first of five meetings this season, and for the first time as members of the Central Division. They haven't played since Winnipeg won 5-1 at home on Feb. 19, 2012, to complete a sweep of the two-game season series when the Jets were part of the Eastern Conference.
Big story: The Avalanche is the surprise of the new season, with nine victories in its first 10 games including a 4-2 home win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. They've outscored their opponents 32-14 and have won three in a row. The Jets come to Denver after a 2-1 shootout win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
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