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Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) - Chris Stewart scored 21 seconds into the game, opening a four-goal flurry in the first period that carried the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Craig Anderson had 28 saves and a hand in the Avalanche's first goal, getting a rare assist as a result of his block of Kristian Huselius' game-opening shot. Anderson sent the rebound out into the middle of the ice, where Wojtek Wolski popped it out into the open to the streaking Stewart, who finished the breakaway with a backhand shot past goalie Steve Mason.

The score was among the fastest to start a game in team history, but still 13 seconds shy of the quickest. Antti Laaksonen scored eight seconds into a game, also against Columbus, on Feb. 10, 2006. That's also the quickest goal ever allowed by Columbus.

Wolski added two goals for Colorado, boosting his team-leading total to 15 on the season with his eighth career multi-goal game. His second goal came on a power play with 4:15 elapsed, after which Mason was pulled from the net in favor of backup Mathieu Garon. It was the earliest of five mid-game benchings this season for Mason, who faced seven shots before exiting.

Rebounding from a lopsided loss Tuesday night to Washington, the Avalanche went up 4-0 less than four minutes later as John-Michael Liles poked one through during a scramble in front of the goal. It was Colorado's fifth goal scored on a 5-on-3 power play this season, tying Toronto for most in the league.

Milan Hejduk, back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with a knee injury, was at the center of the Avs' quick start, racking up a pair of assists during Colorado's offensive burst. Hejduk also scored Colorado's final goal, with 3:28 remaining, taking Matt Duchene's pass from behind the net and knocking it through for his 13th goal of the season.

Columbus, in a 2-9-5 slide since opening the season 12-6-2, finally broke through for a goal at 3:29 of the second on R.J. Umberger's power-play score that he backhanded past Anderson.

The Blue Jackets had another power-play score when Jason Chimera beat Anderson at 13:24 of the second.

NOTES: Wolski also scored two goals on Oct. 27 at Edmonton. ... Colorado's Marek Svatos missed a third game because of a groin injury. ... Forward Brandon Yip made his NHL debut for the Avs. He's the sixth Colorado player to make his league debut this season, more than any other NHL team. ... The last time Mason was pulled from a game was during a 6-3 loss to Toronto at Columbus on Dec. 3. ... Chimera has recorded a point in six of his last nine games. ... Columbus lost the first in a four-game trip, dropping its road record to 6-9-3.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:21
COL
Chris Stewart (8) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (21), Craig Anderson (3)
1 - 0 COL
03:22
COL
Wojtek Wolski (14) ASST: John-Michael Liles (10), Matt Duchene (12)
2 - 0 COL
04:15
COL
PPG - Wojtek Wolski (15) ASST: Milan Hejduk (9), Paul Stastny (27)
3 - 0 COL
08:02
COL
PPG - John-Michael Liles (3) ASST: Paul Stastny (28), Milan Hejduk (10)
4 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:29
CBJ
PPG - R.J. Umberger (12) ASST: Jakub Voracek (13), Kristian Huselius (14)
4 - 1 COL
13:24
CBJ
PPG - Jason Chimera (8) ASST: Freddy Modin (1), Antoine Vermette (17)
4 - 2 COL
3rd Period
16:32
COL
Milan Hejduk (13) ASST: Matt Duchene (13), Brett Clark (10)
5 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:57
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Holding against  TJ Galiardi
06:43
CBJ
Kris Russell  Cross checking against  Matt Hendricks
06:43
CBJ
Raffi Torres  Roughing against  Chris Durno
2nd Period
02:10
COL
Brett Clark  Interference against  Jakub Voracek
06:49
COL
Matt Duchene  Hooking against  Rick Nash
08:55
CBJ
Freddy Modin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
11:28
COL
Brandon Yip  Hooking against  Derick Brassard
15:34
CBJ
Samuel Pahlsson  Holding against  Matt Duchene
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
10-12-5
SA: 7TOI: 4:15
Saves: 4EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .571SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 24TOI: 55:45
Saves: 22EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
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