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Avalanche 3, Lightning 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 3, Lightning 0
Colorado Avalanche 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 0

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Matt Duchene credits his recent success to good karma.

Duchene had two goals and Craig Anderson made 33 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 on Monday night.

"Some luck may be coming back my way," the rookie center said. "I've been playing better, too."

Duchene put Colorado up 1-0 at 8:16 of the first. His power-play goal from in-close made it 2-0 with 6:22 left in the second.

"An 18-year old that went to the net and got two goals," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said.

Duchene, taken third in this year's entry draft, has four goals and seven points over his last seven games. He has six goals and 14 points overall.

"At the beginning of the season I had a ton of opportunties and I don't think I was used to shooting on NHL goalies," Duchene said.

Anderson stopped a good scoring chance by Steven Stamkos 24 seconds into the game en route to his third shutout this season and 10th overall. He has opened the season by starting 26 of Colorado's 28 games.

"I just saw the puck really well and just found ways to stay in control," Anderson said. "Playing my game, not trying to do too much."

Tampa Bay goalie Antero Niittymaki had 26 saves. The Lightning dropped to 6-2-4 at home.

"Tonight was definitely not good enough," Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis said. "They were more hungry for these two points than we were, especially early on."

Wojtek Wolski added an empty-net goal at 19:46 of the third for Colorado.

Chris Stewart assisted on both of Duchene's goals. The Avalanche are 6-0-0 against the Eastern Conference this season.

The Lightning had 16 shots in the third, including one late in the period by Stephane Veilleux that Anderson make a diving glove save on.

"I thought our defense did a great job," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "When Andy was tested, he made the big save for us."

Colorado defenseman Adam Foote left with 4:06 left in the second after it appeared he was hit in the leg by a shot. He returned in the third.

NOTES: Colorado RW Milan Hejduk missed his second straight game due to a knee injury and is listed as day to day. ... Lightning D Mattias Ohlund returned after sitting out the previous seven games with an ankle injury. ... Avalanche LW T.J. Galiardi (back) was in the lineup after missing one game. ... Tampa Bay reassigned D Mike Lundin to Norfolk and recalled D Matt Smaby from the AHL team from a conditioning assignment.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:16
COL
Matt Duchene (5) ASST: Chris Stewart (9)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
13:38
COL
PPG - Matt Duchene (6) ASST: Chris Stewart (10), Paul Stastny (20)
2 - 0 COL
3rd Period
19:46
COL
EN - Wojtek Wolski (10) ASST: TJ Galiardi (6)
3 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:03
TBL
Jeff Halpern  Hi-sticking against  Paul Stastny
02:57
COL
Kyle Quincey  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
05:24
COL
Darcy Tucker  Too many men/ice - bench
09:05
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:54
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
17:54
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
2nd Period
00:14
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
02:26
TBL
Ryan Malone  Hooking against  Marek Svatos
03:25
COL
Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Paul Szczechura
06:11
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Roughing against  Matt Duchene
08:39
COL
Matt Hendricks  Slashing against  Victor Hedman
12:44
TBL
Steve Downie  Too many men/ice - bench
18:12
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Misconduct (10 min)
3rd Period
05:03
COL
TJ Galiardi  Boarding against  Paul Szczechura
10:31
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Holding against  Ryan Malone
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 28TOI: 58:04
Saves: 26EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .929SH: 3 - 3