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Avalanche 5, Penguins 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 5, Penguins 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) - David Jones had two goals and an assist, Andrew Raycroft made 21 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday.

Ryan Smyth and Wojtek Wolski each had a goal and an assist for the Avs, who have won three straight.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and assist apiece and Jordan Staal had a short-handed goal for the Penguins, who have lost seven of their last eight.

Pittsburgh goalie Dany Sabourin had 21 saves on 25 shots before being pulled in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury to start the third. Fleury stopped six shots.

Wolski broke a 2-2 tie when he skated into the Pittsburgh zone, took a pass from Smyth and beat Sabourin over the left shoulder for his 11th goal of the season midway through the second period.

Four minutes later, Cody McLeod tipped a Jordan Leopold slap shot from the blue line to give Colorado a 4-2 lead.

Staal made it interesting with his 13th goal with 12:23 left, but Jones gave the Avalanche some breathing room with his eighth 51 seconds later.

The Avalanche opened the scoring when Smyth redirected Wolski's shot from the high slot for his 14th goal of the season midway through the first period.

Malkin tied it with a power-play goal at 15:41 of the first. Crosby sent a pass across the zone and Malkin one-timed it from the right circle past Raycroft for his 16th of the season.

Jones scored to get the lead back for Colorado just 2:06 into the second, but Malkin and Crosby teamed up again to tie it. This time, Crosby took a pass from Malkin and slid a shot between Raycroft's legs with 11:16 left in the period, his 17th of the year.

Notes: Leopold's assist was his 100th career point. ... Colorado is 9-1-0 in its last 10 games against the Penguins. ... Pittsburgh's last victory in Denver was a 3-2 win on Feb. 25, 1999.

scoring summary
1st Period
Ryan Smyth (14) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (14), Milan Hejduk (18)
1 - 0 COL
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (16) ASST: Sidney Crosby (38), Brooks Orpik (8)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
David Jones (7) ASST: John-Michael Liles (15), Cody McLeod (1)
2 - 1 COL
Sidney Crosby (17) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (49), Brooks Orpik (9)
2 - 2 Tie
Wojtek Wolski (11) ASST: Ryan Smyth (17)
3 - 2 COL
Cody McLeod (8) ASST: Jordan Leopold (10), David Jones (5)
4 - 2 COL
3rd Period
SHG - Jordan Staal (13) ASST: NONE
4 - 3 COL
PPG - David Jones (8) ASST: Tyler Arnason (9), Marek Svatos (10)
5 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Darcy Tucker  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
3rd Period
Matt Cooke  Cross checking against  Jordan Leopold
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 7TOI: 18:41
Saves: 6EV: 4 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Dany Sabourin
Dany Sabourin
SA: 25TOI: 40:00
Saves: 21EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
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