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Avalanche/Ducks Notebook

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Avs Drop 4-3 Decision to Ducks

Today’s contest against the Ducks was the Avalanche’s second afternoon tilt at Pepsi Center this season. The Avs’ previous matinee affair at home came on Jan. 10 – a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Colorado will have two more afternoon games in Denver – an April 11 contest versus Vancouver and the regular season finale the following day against St. Louis.

-Six different players recorded one point apiece for the Avs.

-Hejduk scored five goals in January, tops on the club.

- Chris Stewart picked up an assist on Liles’ goal in the first period, giving the rookie forward eight points (4g/4a) in his last eight games.

-T.J. Hensick earned the secondary assist on that Liles tally and now owns six points (2g/4a) in Colorado’s last six outings.

Post-Game Video:
John-Michael Liles
Jordan Leopold
Milan Hejduk notched his team-leading 18th goal in the second period Saturday afternoon against the Anaheim Ducks – a goal that came with the Avalanche short-handed. The forward stole the puck from Ducks defenseman Bret Hedican and streaked in all alone before beating Jonas Hiller low stick side. The short-handed tally was the sixth of Hejduk’s career and his 303rd tally overall.

It also marked the Avalanche’s fourth short-handed goal this season (Ryan Smyth, Chris Stewart and Wojtek Wolski have the others). Colorado scored just two short-handed goals during the 2007-08 campaign, the fewest in the league.

Liles on the Board Again
Only one game removed from becoming the fifth defenseman in franchise history to score 50 goals, John-Michael Liles added another tally Saturday. Liles rifled home a shot from the high slot with the Avalanche on the power play for his 51st career tally.

Liles trails only Sandis Ozolinsh (72), Rob Blake (62), Adam Foote (55) and Jeff Brown (53) on the franchise’s career goal-scoring list by defenders. He also ranks fifth in franchise history in both assists (134) and points (184) by a blueliner.

The Indianapolis native has been experiencing a productive season, especially of late. He leads all Avalanche defensemen in goals (7), assists (19) and points (26) and has totaled six points (2g/4a) in his past six outings.

Liles will have a chance to match his career-high three-game goal streak on Monday against Calgary, a mark set earlier this season from Dec. 23-29.

Change ‘em Up
Avalanche head coach Tony Granato shuffled his lines for Saturday’s game in an effort to spark his club. He broke up the combination of Ryan Smyth, Wojtek Wolski and Milan Hejduk in hopes of spreading out some of the team’s scoring punch.

Smyth and Wolski were joined by Marek Svatos on a newly formed line, while Hejduk played with youngsters T.J. Hensick and Chris Stewart.

Ian Laperriere (who scored his fifth goal of the season) centered a line of Cody McLeod and Brian Willsie, while Darcy Tucker, Ben Guite and Cody McCormick made up the final trio.
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