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Avalanche 3, Lightning 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 3, Lightning 0
Colorado Avalanche 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 0

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Jose Theodore made 22 of his 32 saves in the third period, leading the Colorado Avalanche past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Theodore picked up his 24th career shutout, and first since Feb. 28, 2004 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jeff Finger and and Paul Stastny had power-play goals for the Avalanche, which has won three games in a row. Milan Hejduk added an empty-net goal with 1:34 left.

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier was held without a point for the third straight game, his longest drought this season. The Lightning have lost 12-of-15.

Jose Theodore recorded 32 saves against Tampa Bay to earn his 24th career shutout

Colorado's power play converted on its first opportunity when Finger snapped a personal 18-game goal-scoring drought at 5:30 of the second. The Avalanche had just one power-play goal in 29 chances over the previous nine games.

Stastny made it 2-0 with a rebound goal on Colorado's third power-play with 3:33 left in the second. It was the fifth time this season, and first since Dec. 9, that the Avalanche scored more than one power-play goal.

Colorado outshot Tampa Bay 20-10 through two, including 11-3 in the second. Theodore was rarely tested during that stretch, but did stop a high-slot shot by Brad Richards late in the second.

The Lightning's Karri Ramo kept his team within two by making a glove save on Tyler Arnason's shot from the low slot early in the third.

Tampa Bay had 10 of the first 12 shot during the opening six minutes of the third, but Theodore turned aside an in-close shot by Martin St. Louis.

Notes: It was also the first time this season Colorado had more than one power-play goal in a road game. ... There were two fights in the opening 1:51 of the game. ... This was the first time Colorado played in Tampa since a 5-4 overtime win over the Lightning on Jan. 19, 2004. ... Tampa Bay completed a swap of minor leaguers with Dallas, sending defenseman Dan Jancevski to the Stars for right wing Junior Lessard.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
PPG - Jeff Finger (3) ASST: John-Michael Liles (16), Tyler Arnason (10)
1 - 0 COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (17) ASST: Andrew Brunette (23), Brett Clark (12)
2 - 0 COL
3rd Period
EN - Milan Hejduk (17) ASST: Andrew Brunette (24), Paul Stastny (32)
3 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Kyle Wanvig  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Wanvig
Shane O'Brien  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Shane O'Brien
2nd Period
Paul Ranger  Tripping against  Milan Hejduk
Mathieu Darche  Hooking against  Tyler Arnason
Brad Lukowich  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
3rd Period
Ian Laperriere  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
Tyler Arnason  Slashing against  Brad Lukowich
goalie stats
José Théodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 32TOI: 59:59
Saves: 32EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Karri Ramo
Karri Ramo
SA: 24TOI: 59:10
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
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