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Avalanche 5, Thrashers 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:09 AM

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Avalanche 5, Thrashers 2
Colorado Avalanche 5, Atlanta Thrashers 2
 
ATLANTA (AP) -Andrew Brunette scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche got a goal and two assists each from Joe Sakic and rookie David Jones in a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night. 

The Avalanche moved into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division .

Colorado has won 10-of-14 on the road and seven-of-eight overall.

Jones scored his first career goal to make it 4-1 in the second. Now in his third stint with Colorado this season, Jones assisted on Brunette's 16th goal and Sakic's 10th goal to help the Avalanche take a 2-0 lead in the first.

Colby Armstrong had an unassisted goal midway through the first for the Thrashers, who lost their second straight and have just one victory in 11 games.

Milan Hejduk's 22nd goal came in the first minute of the second after Scott Hannan passed from the left circle and Hejduk beat goaltender Johan Hedberg stick side.

Brunette's 17th goal, which pushed the lead to 5-1 late in the second, improved Colorado to 24-5-2 this season when scoring on the power play.

Hedberg, who dropped to 13-20-5, stopped 18-of-23 shots before head coach Don Waddell pulled him in favor of Kari Lehtonen to begin the third.

Jose Theodore is 23-18-2 after stopping 22-of-24 shots and winning his seventh start in eight games.

Erik Christensen's 11th goal ended the scoring with 3:52 remaining.

Notes: C Peter Forsberg (groin) missed his second straight game for Colorado. ... After fighting Stars D Steve Ott in a 3-0 loss at Dallas on Sunday, D Ruslan Salei returned to Denver to have his injured eye examined. ... C Paul Stastny earned his team-high 37th assist and third in four games on Brunette's second goal. ... The Avalanche has killed 22 straight penalties on the road. ... Colorado improved to 5-1 this month and 16-2-2 in March over the past two seasons. ... Alexei Zhitnik, Atlanta's highest-paid defenseman, was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ... Colorado, 8-1 against the Eastern Conference, ended a three-game winless streak against the Thrashers to earn its first victory in Atlanta since 2002.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:47
COL
Andrew Brunette (16) Tip-in - ASST: David Jones (2)
1 - 0 COL
07:53
COL
Joe Sakic (10) Snap shot - ASST: David Jones (3)
2 - 0 COL
09:20
ATL
Colby Armstrong (11) Tip-in - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
00:48
COL
Milan Hejduk (22) Tip-in - ASST: Scott Hannan (17), Jaroslav Hlinka (19)
3 - 1 COL
09:45
COL
David Jones (1) Snap shot - ASST: Joe Sakic (17), Jose Theodore (2)
4 - 1 COL
17:40
COL
PPG - Andrew Brunette (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Sakic (18), Paul Stastny (37)
5 - 1 COL
3rd Period
03:52
ATL
Erik Christensen (11) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Perrin (27), Colby Armstrong (18)
5 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
16:38
COL
Ben Guite  Interference against  Eric Perrin
2nd Period
11:08
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Slashing against  Andrew Brunette
16:26
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Tripping against  Kyle Cumiskey
20:00
COL
Scott Hannan  Closing hand on puck
3rd Period
09:31
COL
David Jones  Holding against  Tobias Enstrom
14:30
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Tripping against  Jeff Finger
17:06
ATL
Brad Larsen  Interference against  Cody McLeod
goalie stats
José Théodore
SA: 24TOI: 59:53
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 23TOI: 39:59
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .783SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 6TOI: 20:00
Saves: 6EV: 6 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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