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Leaders Step Up To Deliver "Character Win" vs. Sens
When the Avalanche needed a goal, it was the leaders of the team who stepped up and delivered.
Captain Gabriel Landeskog and alternate captain Paul Stastny had points on the tying and winning goals, and Colorado earned what head coach Patrick Roy described as a "character win" over the Ottawa Senators.
The Avs had a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Senators scored three unanswered and held a one-goal advantage late in regulation. That was when the players with the letters sewed on to their sweaters took over the game.
"Landy showed why he is the captain of the team, Paul assistant captain; leaders of this team," Roy said after the game. "They showed great leadership by playing so well at the end of the game."
Landeskog and Stastny each had three-point nights with Landeskog tallying a career-high three assists while Stastny had the game-tying goal and two helpers. It was Stastny's second straight, three-point game after he also had a goal and two assists Monday against the Flames, and the center now has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past three contests.
For Landeskog, he extended his career-high point streak to eight games (three goals, eight assists). It’s the longest point streak by an Avalanche player since Kevin Shattenkirk had a nine-game streak from Nov. 17 to Dec. 4, 2010.
Avalanche rally, beat Senators in OT
Rick Sadowski - NHL.com Correspondent
DENVER -- Tyson Barrie scored 33 seconds into overtime Wednesday to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Pepsi Center.
Barrie beat goalie Craig Anderson with a shot from the right hash marks after taking a passout from Paul Stastny, who tied the game with 2:20 remaining in regulation. Stastny's goal came on a rebound after Anderson made a save against Gabriel Landeskog, who had beaten the defense and broken in alone on the goaltender.
Down 2-0 early in the first period, the Senators scored two goals 1:25 apart in the second period to take a 3-2 lead.
Jason Spezza, who missed the previous four games because of a hip flexor, tied the game at 12:53 during a 5-on-3 advantage. Spezza was parked to the right of Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov when he tucked Clarke MacArthur's pass inside the left post.READ MORE >
• Colorado has won the last six meetings against the Senators…Ottawa's last victory in this series was Dec. 12, 2005 at Pepsi Center (6-2).
• Jan Hejda scored his fifth goal of the season, tying his career high…He also scored five goals for the Avalanche in 2011-12 and for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11.
• Gabriel Landeskog extended his career-high point streak to eight games (3g/8a)…It’s the longest point streak by an Avalanche player since Kevin Shattenkirk had a nine-game streak from Nov. 17 to Dec. 4, 2010. Landeskog recorded a career-high three assists tonight.
• Jamie McGinn has scored a goal in four of his last five games.
• Paul Stastny has eight points in his last three games (2g/6a).
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Avs vs. Senators - Jan. 8
With O'Reilly Out vs. Senators, Roy Mixes Up Lines
Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy will mix up his lines once again tonight against the Ottawa Senators as his club looks to get back to its winning ways after having a three-game winning streak snapped on Monday to Calgary.
However, it's not from Roy trying to light a spark under his team but because forward Ryan O'Reilly will be out of the lineup with a shoulder injury he suffered in the third period against the Flames. Defenseman Nate Guenin will also miss his second consecutive game after injuring his ankle in last Saturday's win over San Jose.
Guenin and O'Reilly's injuries are considered day-to-day so both are expected to return to action soon, but the duo does join an injured list that is slowly growing with PA Parenteau (ankle), Alex Tanguay (knee/hip) and Ryan Wilson (in Lake Erie for condition after back injury) also out of the Avalanche lineup.
"You don't like to lose players, there's no doubt about it. Now we're starting to have a pretty good list," Roy said. "But at the same time that is why we call it a team. It's a team concept for us here, and everyone has to chip in. It also allows a chance for some of our players to see ice and have the opportunity to make a mark for themselves."
One of the players who has stepped up recently is rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon.
MacKinnon had his second-straight multi-goal game Monday against the Flames, becoming the youngest player in NHL history to record back-to-back, two-goal contests. He has six goals and seven points in his last five games and leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists).
The Avalanche and Senators are meeting for the first time since Oct. 13, 2011, a 7-1 Avs victory in Ottawa. This is the first matchup between the two teams in Denver since Dec. 17, 2010 (6-5 Avs win). Colorado and Ottawa will face off for the second and final time March 16 at Canadian Tire Centre.
• The Avs have won the last five meetings against the Senators. Ottawa's last victory was Dec. 12, 2005 at Pepsi Center (6-2).
• The Avalanche/Nordiques are 24-11-4 all-time against the Senators, 14-3-1 at home.
• Colorado is 11-8-2 versus Ottawa since relocating from Quebec in 1995.
• Andre Benoit began his NHL career with the Senators and Craig Anderson spent a season-and-a-half with the Avs.
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Avalanche Looks For Rebound vs. Hot Ottawa
Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 10:15 PM
SENATORS (19-18-7) at AVALANCHE (26-12-4)
TV: Altitude, Sportsnet East, TVA Sports
Last 10: Ottawa 6-3-1; Colorado 4-3-3
Season series: This is the first of two games between the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche. The teams haven't faced each other since Oct. 13, 2011, when Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog each had a goal and an assist to lead Colorado in a 7-1 rout in Ottawa.
Big story: As the Senators shoot for a season-high fifth straight win, they'll have the No. 1 pick from the 2013 NHL Draft to contend with -- and he's red-hot. Nathan MacKinnon is strengthening his bid for the Calder Trophy with consecutive two-goal games and has seven goals in as many games. He leads all rookies with 28 points and his next goal will tie him with injured San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl for first.READ MORE >