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Avalanche 5, Rangers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 5, Rangers 1
New York Rangers 1, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) -Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots in his return from injury and Matt Duchene scored and had two assists in a four-goal second period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

David Jones, Kevin Porter, Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik also had goals for the Avs, who went 3-0 on their homestand.

Anderson was back in net after missing 10 games because of a right knee injury, showing little signs of rust as he gave up just a third-period goal to rookie Derek Stepan.

Duchene scored for the first time since Oct. 26 on a shot that traveled through the legs of New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto and over the shoulder of goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 7:33 remaining in the second period, the third goal he surrendered in the frame.

Lundqvist gave way to Martin Biron, who promptly allowed a shot by Shattenkirk to trickle into the net.

Just before his scoring spree, Duchene was sprawled out on the ice after taking a stick to the head from New York forward Ruslan Fedotenko. Duchene briefly retreated to the locker room before returning to the bench.

Jones got the offense rolling by scoring 1:04 into the second period when he rammed in a rebound after Lundqvist deflected away a shot by Chris Stewart.

A few minutes later, Porter added another goal by poking the puck under Lundqvist's pads off a pass from Duchene.

Porter was the star two nights earlier when he scored in overtime against the San Jose Sharks. He has five goals in seven games since being recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.

A scoreless first period featured one great save after another by both goalies. Lundqvist stopped eight shots, enduring a little contact in the process. He was run into by Duchene and clipped by Jones.

Not to be outdone, Anderson turned back nine shots in the opening period, including one in which he slid over to block a shot down low by Alex Frolov, leading the crowd to begin a chant of "Andy."

Anderson has been on the injured list since getting hurt during pregame warmups Oct. 26 in Vancouver.

The 29-year-old Anderson wasn't in a rush to return, especially with the way backup Peter Budaj has been playing. Budaj went 6-3-1 with a 2.62 goals against average while filling in for Anderson.

Colorado plays again Saturday night in Dallas and coach Joe Sacco said he would make his decision on who would be in goal for that game after analyzing Anderson's performance.

Notes: The four goals in the second period were a season high for Colorado. ... Avs D Scott Hannan had two assists. ... Rangers coach John Tortorella remains stuck on 299 career wins. ... New York will play at Minnesota on Saturday. ... Rangers F Marian Gaborik had an assist, giving him six points in four games. ... Rangers F Sean Avery and Avalanche F Cody McLeod both received misconducts with just over a minute remaining.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:04
COL
David Jones (8) ASST: Chris Stewart (12)
1 - 0 COL
07:21
COL
Kevin Porter (5) ASST: Matt Duchene (13), Ryan Wilson (3)
2 - 0 COL
12:27
COL
Matt Duchene (3) ASST: Scott Hannan (5)
3 - 0 COL
15:07
COL
Kevin Shattenkirk (2) ASST: Scott Hannan (6), Matt Duchene (14)
4 - 0 COL
3rd Period
04:58
COL
Daniel Winnik (5) ASST: Greg Mauldin (2)
5 - 0 COL
06:03
NYR
Derek Stepan (4) ASST: Marian Gaborik (4)
5 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:15
NYR
Dan Girardi  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
11:22
COL
Brandon Yip  Interference against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
09:15
COL
Greg Mauldin  Holding against  Marian Gaborik
16:59
COL
Cody McLeod  Hooking against  Brian Boyle
19:51
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Holding against  Derek Stepan
3rd Period
09:41
COL
David Jones  Tripping against  Sean Avery
18:58
NYR
Sean Avery  Misconduct (10 min)
18:58
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Cody McLeod  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
7-7-1
SA: 16TOI: 32:27
Saves: 13EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .813SH: 2 - 2
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 10TOI: 27:32
Saves: 8EV: 7 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
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