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A Look Back: Hejduk's Season in Review

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Throughout the offseason, ColoradoAvalanche.com will highlight the Avalanche's players and look back at their accomplishments during the 2007-08 campaign through a series of "Season in Review" features.


This week's subject is Milan Hejduk. The veteran winger led the Avalanche with 29 goals during the 2007-08 season, marking the fourth time in his career he has paced the club in that category. In addition, Hejduk finished third on the team with 54 points (29g/25a) in 77 games.

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Oct. 13 vs. Columbus - Home Sweet Home
Hejduk played a large role in Colorado’s 5-1 victory over Columbus, notching a pair of goals and also adding an assist as the Avs improved to 3-0 at home to start the season

Nov. 5 vs. Calgary - Fanning the Flames
Facing Northwest Division rival Calgary, Hejduk tied a season-high with three assists during Colorado’s 4-1 victory at Pepsi Center


Dec. 7 vs. Philadelphia - Just Enough Time
Hejduk scored with 2.9 seconds remaining in the second period, lifting the Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Flyers. The goal doubled as Hejduk’s 99th career power-play tally


Dec. 9 vs. St. Louis - Six-Shooter
On a banner night, Hejduk set a career-high with six points (3g/3a), including his fifth career hat trick. For his efforts, the forward was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week

Dec. 21 vs. NY Rangers - Stepping Up
With the Avalanche short-handed due to multiple injuries, Hejduk scored a pair of second-period goals (his fourth multi-goal game of the season) in a 4-3 overtime victory


Feb. 9 @ Vancouver - Hitting His Mark
Hejduk scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season against Vancouver, marking the eighth straight season he has reached the 20-goal plateau (the fourth-longest streak in franchise history)


March 26 vs. Vancouver - Sign of Longevity
Hejduk moved into fifth place on the franchise’s all-time games played list by skating in his 697th career game. To commemorate the occasion, the winger scored twice and added an assist
    

March 28 vs. Edmonton - Four Straight
The Usti-Nad Labem, Czech Republic, native scored against the Oilers to extend his goal streak to four games, the longest by an Avs player on the season
   

April 6 vs. Minnesota - His Specialty
The forward notched his team-best eighth power-play goal of the season in Colorado’s regular season finale against the Wild, giving the club some momentum heading into the postseason

April 11 @ Minnesota - Tying It Up
In Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Hejduk scored with 44 seconds left in regulation and sent the game to overtime by tipping home a John-Michael Liles point shot
    
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