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Avalanche 3, Panthers 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 3, Panthers 0
Florida Panthers 0, Colorado Avalanche 3

DENVER (AP) - Craig Anderson made 27 saves to move into a tie for the NHL shutout lead with seven and Paul Stastny scored twice in the Colorado Avalanche's 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Anderson matched New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov and Florida's Tomas Vokoun for the shutout lead. Vokoun made 28 saves for the Panthers.

Matt Hendricks also scored and Chris Stewart had two assists to help the Avalanche snap the Panthers' winning streak at three games.

The Avs, coming off a disappointing loss to Vancouver on Tuesday night in which they blew a 4-1 lead, bounced back against the Panthers in a game they needed before playing four of their next five on the road.

Colorado looked lethargic in the first period before scoring twice in the second.

On the first goal, defenseman Brett Clark hesitated on a shot from the point, drawing two defenders to the ice, and then sent a blistering shot on net. Vokoun made the stop, but the rebound landed in front and Stastny backhanded it in at 4:59.

Stastny made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 4:39 left in the period. The Avalanche had a 5-on-3 power play for 13 seconds, and a second after Cory Stillman finished serving a bench minor, Stastny struck. Stewart sent a pass across the zone and in front of Vokoun, and Stastny one-timed it for his 14th goal of the season.

Playing against his former team for the second time this season, Anderson faced few challenges through the first two periods. His biggest save came on Rostislav Olesz midway through the second period.

Florida turned up the pressure in the third, putting 13 shots on the Avalanche netminder. Stephen Weiss had two good chances early, setting the tone for the Panthers' best period, but they couldn't solve Anderson.

With the Panthers pressing for goals, the Avalanche had several chances to make it a 3-0 game. They finally cashed in when Matt Hendricks scored his seventh goal with 3:35 left.

NOTES: Avalanche C Peter Mueller has at least one point - seven overall - in all five of his games since coming over from Phoenix in a trade. ... The Avalanche finished the season 12-5-1 against the Eastern Conference.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Paul Stastny (13) ASST: Brett Clark (15), Chris Stewart (28)
1 - 0 COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (14) ASST: Chris Stewart (29), Peter Mueller (18)
2 - 0 COL
3rd Period
Matt Hendricks (7) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
TJ Galiardi  Tripping against  Keith Ballard
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Foote
2nd Period
Cory Stillman  Too many men/ice - bench
Radek Dvorak  Roughing against  TJ Galiardi
3rd Period
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 31TOI: 59:58
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
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