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Avalanche 2, Lightning 1, SO

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:44 PM

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Avalanche 2, Lightning 1, SO
Tampa Bay Lightning 1, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Wojtek Wolski scored the only goal in a shootout, Craig Anderson stopped all three Tampa Bay shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Lightning 2-1 on Friday night.

Wolski had the Avalanche's only regulation goal, and Anderson made 21 saves to help Colorado snap a three-game home winless streak.

Antero Niittymaki made 33 saves, and Steve Downie scored for Tampa Bay. The Lightning have lost seven of their last eight.

Colorado avoided its second straight 1-0 loss after putting a lot of pressure on Niittymaki in the third. Paul Stastny skated down the left boards and his centering pass to the front of the goal hit the Tampa Bay netminder and then banked off a driving Wolski with 7:49 remaining. It was Wolski's 12th goal of the season.

The Lightning scored first when the Avalanche couldn't control two rebounds. Anderson saved shots by Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, but the second rebound came out to Downie, who wristed a shot into the open net with 7:48 left in the first period for his sixth goal of the season.

The Avalanche had a chance to tie with a power play late in the first period but couldn't capitalize on the man advantage.

Both teams had several good chances to score in the second period. Colorado nearly tied it midway through the frame on a Stastny shot, but Niittymaki got his shoulder on the puck.

Tampa Bay had a chance to take a two-goal lead with a 2-on-0 rush late in the frame, but Anderson made a save on Lecavalier to keep Colorado within a goal.

Tampa Bay took consecutive minors early in the third period, giving Colorado two power-play opportunities. Although they had six shots on goal with the man advantage the Avalanche couldn't cash in.

NOTES: Niittymaki was briefly attended to late in the first period after stopping a shot by Ryan O'Reilly. Niittymaki stayed in the game. ... The Avalanche has not allowed a power-play goal in its last four games, killing off 10 penalties.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:12
TBL
Steve Downie (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (20), Martin St. Louis (27)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
12:11
COL
Wojtek Wolski (12) Deflected shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (25), Ryan Wilson (6)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCOLTBLTOTAL
1C. Stewart
S. Veilleux
0 - 0
2M. Duchene
V. Lecavalier
0 - 0
3W. Wolski
A. Tanguay
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
17:49
TBL
Stephane Veilleux  Slashing against  Wojtek Wolski
2nd Period
01:31
COL
Darcy Tucker  Hi-sticking against  Matt Smaby
3rd Period
02:08
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Hooking against  Chris Stewart
04:47
TBL
Steve Downie  Slashing against  Wojtek Wolski
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
6-4-4
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
Saves: 33EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 22TOI: 64:57
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0
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