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game recap

Avalanche 3, Blue Jackets 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 3, Blue Jackets 0
Colorado Avalanche 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Peter Budaj took full advantage of his first start since Nov. 2.

Budaj made 25 saves for his third career shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

"It's always great when a goalie gets a shutout," said Budaj, who helped his team improve to 20-0-1-1 against Columbus. "Our team made a tremendous effort tonight. We capitalized on our chances. We did the little things right."

Rookie Paul Stastny, Ossi Vaananen and Marek Svatos scored for Colorado. Joe Sakic, playing in his 18th season, had an assist to tie Stan Mikita for 14th on the career list with 926.

"We basically had the puck a lot tonight," said Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville. "We checked, moved together well."

The Blue Jackets, who have been shut out in five of their 17 games, have lost four straight and 11 of 14.

The game was the second for Columbus interim coach Gary Agnew, who replaced Gerard Gallant after Gallant was fired Monday because of the team's slow start. Agnew lost his debut Wednesday against Nashville.

"We weren't paying the price to score," Agnew said. "We were not going to the paint. When you are going wide on a team you need to put pucks on the net and fight for a rebound."

Stastny opened the scoring with his fourth at 7:29 of the first period on a Colorado power play.

Goaltender Fredrik Norrena stopped Milan Hejduk's point-blank shot, but Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla threw the rebound into the slot to Stastny, who scored with a snap shot. The goal was the first in the Avalanche's last 20 man-advantage chances.

"I was just competing, forechecking and getting on the puck," Stastny said. "The more you have control of the puck, the more chances you will get. That's what happened."

Colorado scored twice in the second period, capitalizing on more defensive miscues by the Blue Jackets.

At the midway mark of the period, Klesla lost the puck to Sakic as he exited the zone. Sakic fed Andrew Brunette, who slotted a centering pass from the right boards to an open Vaananen. He then scored his first of the season in 18 games with a low shot from the high slot.

Later in the period, Klesla couldn't corral the puck with the Avalanche pressuring. Tyler Arnason zipped a pass to Svatos, who beat Norrena from the left circle at 18:28. Svatos has seven goals in seven games against the Blue Jackets.

"We played this way last game and had a real frustrating loss," Quenneville said of a 4-3 setback to San Jose. "I think we didn't change our approach, but got rewarded."

Notes: Colorado, which lost each game in its four-game skid by one goal, had not lost five consecutive regulation games since the 1998-1999 season. ... Colorado has outscored the Blue Jackets 90-29 in 22 meetings. ... Columbus, 0-for-17 the last three games on the power play, has only scored first in four games. ... The Avalanche entered having taken the second-fewest penalties in the league.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:29
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (4) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
09:18
COL
Ossi Vaananen (1) ASST: Andrew Brunette (8), Joe Sakic (11)
2 - 0 COL
18:28
COL
Marek Svatos (5) ASST: Tyler Arnason (9)
3 - 0 COL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:20
CBJ
Jason Chimera  Charging against  Brett McLean
06:02
CBJ
Freddy Modin  Hooking against  Tyler Arnason
10:39
COL
Milan Hejduk  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Fredrik Norrena
17:28
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Holding against  Rick Nash
2nd Period
15:27
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
15:27
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
15:27
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Roughing against  Ian Laperriere
3rd Period
05:17
CBJ
Rick Nash  Slashing against  Brad Richardson
06:05
COL
Marek Svatos  Tripping against  Dan Fritsche
06:05
CBJ
Dan Fritsche  Diving against  Marek Svatos
08:28
COL
Ken Klee  Interference against  Rick Nash
08:28
CBJ
Rick Nash  Diving against  Ken Klee
15:25
COL
Ossi Vaananen  Tripping against  Manny Malhotra
19:39
CBJ
Dan Fritsche  Hooking
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Fredrik Norrena
Fredrik Norrena
SA: 28TOI: 58:51
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0
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