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Avalanche/Flyers Notebook

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche began its first set of 14 back-to-back games Monday night, where the club dropped a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Colorado, which was also opening a five-game road trip, will now travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Coach Sacco's Reaction
"We fought back hard. I thought the guys competed right up until the final buzzer. A couple of mistakes, a couple of sequences on the power play; the game is full of mistakes but those sequences hurt us. On the power play you're not trying to lose momentum. You're not going to score every time, but you don't want to lose the momentum. We'll work on it and we'll get better at it. I think the guys, overall, were disappointed with the outcome, but we battled hard and the guys responded well."

Liles On The Board Again
Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles continued his strong early-season play, garnering a pair of assists in tonight’s contest.

Liles’ first helper came on Brandon Yip’s tally during the second period. On the play, Liles poked a loose puck to Yip in the low slot, which the forward corralled before turning and firing a shot past Philadelphia goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky at 9:03.

A late scoring change gave Liles a second assist, as both he and Matt Duchene were credited with helpers on Milan Hejduk's third-period goal (which was originally called an unassisted tally).

Liles, who had two assists and a +2 plus/minus rating on Thursday against Chicago, is one of only two players (along with Duchene) to earn a point in each of Colorado's first two contests. He also currently leads the Avalanche in both assists and points (0g/4a).

The Indianapolis native now has 233 career points (62g/171a), placing him third in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history for goals, assists and points by a defenseman.

Hejduk Plays Philly Tough
Veteran Milan Hejduk continued his career-long trend of strong play against the Flyers by scoring a third-period goal tonight, tying the game at 2-2.

Just 32 seconds into the final frame, Hejduk fired a wrister at the Philadelphia goal from the left circle that trickled past Bobrovsky and over the goal line.

The winger has only gone up against the Flyers 15 times in his career, but has totaled an incredible 11 goals and 13 points in those contests.

Dupuis’ Season Debut
Forward Philippe Dupuis made his first appearance of the 2010-11 season tonight for the Avalanche and centered a fourth line that included Cody McLeod and Kevin Porter. Dupuis replaced rookie Mark Olver on the fourth line, which represented Colorado’s only lineup change from Opening Night against Chicago.

The 25-year-old forward had played in 12 NHL games over the past two seasons as an injury call-up for the Avalanche, but made an NHL club’s Opening Night roster for the first time this season.

Dupuis had 6:21 of ice time in his season debut, totaling a shot on goal and one takeaway.

Cumiskey Down But Not Out
Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey, who is just getting over a groin injury, slowly skated off the ice approximately five minutes into the first period following a collision. Cumiskey was attempting to carry the puck out of his defensive zone when he fell and slid into Philadelphia’s Mike Richards just inside the blue line. On the play, Richards’ skate hit Cumiskey in the right shoulder, forcing the defenseman to head straight to the bench.

As it turned out, Cumiskey only missed a shift or two and actually ended up leading the Avalanche with 22:22 of ice time.
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