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Avalanche 5, Flyers 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:57 PM

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Avalanche 5, Flyers 2
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) - Andrew Raycroft's first career start for Colorado was a success Thursday night as the former Toronto goaltender helped the Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 for their first win.

With starter Peter Budaj getting a rest, the Avalanche pressured the Flyers (0-3-1) early and relied on Raycroft's steady play in goal and captain Joe Sakic's three assists to pull out their first win of the season.

The goals Raycroft allowed came on a 5-on-3 power play and a penalty shot.

Raycroft's teammates made sure he wouldn't have a pressure-filled debut for the Avs.

The Avalanche outshot the Flyers 17-3 in the first period and got goals from Brett Clark and Marek Svatos, who scored on a power play, to take a 2-0 lead.

Sakic sent a cross-ice pass to Clark, who put a shot through Martin Biron's legs for his first goal of the season. Then, Ruslan Salei sent the puck across the ice to Wojtek Wolski, who sent it down into the slot and Svatos put the puck over Biron's left shoulder.

The Flyers scored twice in the second period but both times the Avalanche quickly responded with goals of their own and took a 4-2 lead into the final period.

Milan Hejduk needed less than a minute to reply to Simon Gagne's goal on a penalty shot, and Cody McCormick responded to Mike Richards' one-timer on a 5-on-3 advantage with a goal that scooted past Biron with just 36 seconds left in the second period.

With seven minutes remaining in the game, Paul Stastny scored on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 5-2.

Notes: Budaj is expected to return in goal Saturday night at Dallas. ... The Avs honored D Adam Foote in pregame ceremonies commemorating his 1,000th NHL game last Sunday at Edmonton. ... Sakic, who decided in August to return for his 20th NHL season, hadn't scored a point in his first four games since 1999-2000. ... Colorado outshot Philadelphia 34-18.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:01
COL
Brett Clark (1) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Sakic (3), Wojtek Wolski (1)
1 - 0 COL
16:08
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (2), Ruslan Salei (2)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
04:33
PHI
SHG - PS - Simon Gagne (4) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 COL
05:17
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (5), Joe Sakic (4)
3 - 1 COL
08:25
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (3) Slapshot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (2), Daniel Briere (4)
3 - 2 COL
19:24
COL
Cody McCormick (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Jones (1)
4 - 2 COL
3rd Period
12:43
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (2), Joe Sakic (5)
5 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:48
PHI
Ossi Vaananen  Hooking against  Darcy Tucker
03:23
COL
Cody McCormick  Holding the stick against  Mike Knuble
03:23
PHI
Mike Knuble  Holding against  Cody McCormick
07:10
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding against  David Jones
07:40
COL
Ryan Smyth  Interference against  Kimmo Timonen
15:54
PHI
Luca Sbisa  Holding against  Ryan Smyth
19:28
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Holding against  Cody McLeod
2nd Period
01:38
COL
Marek Svatos  Hooking against  Andrew Alberts
02:23
PHI
Simon Gagne  Hooking against  Brett Clark
04:08
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Interference against  Ryan Smyth
06:50
COL
Ian Laperriere  Hooking against  Braydon Coburn
07:53
COL
Ruslan Salei  Holding against  Daniel Briere
12:30
COL
Ruslan Salei  Holding against  Mike Richards
16:57
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Tripping against  Cody McLeod
3rd Period
04:07
PHI
Andrew Alberts  Hooking against  David Jones
08:39
COL
Darcy Tucker  Hooking against  Andrew Alberts
11:19
PHI
Luca Sbisa  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:50
PHI
Ossi Vaananen  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
11:50
PHI
Ossi Vaananen  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:45
COL
Ian Laperriere  Hooking against  Scottie Upshall
goalie stats
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
0-3-0
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .853SH: 1 - 1
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 18TOI: 59:42
Saves: 16EV: 7 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 2
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