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Avalanche/Hurricanes Notebook

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Forward Tomas Fleischmann made his Avalanche debut during Friday night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The winger was acquired from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan on Tuesday, but did not make it to Pepsi Center in time for Colorado’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers that evening.

During his first game with the Avs, Fleischmann spent most of the night on a line with Matt Duchene and David Jones. Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco had mentioned back on the day of the trade that he was considering putting
Fleischmann on a line with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk, but instead elected to place Daniel Winnik in that spot on Friday night.

In his first contest with the Avs, Fleischmann saw 16:27 of ice time – including 2:58 on the power play – and recorded one shot on net.

In a strange twist, tonight’s contest was the third consecutive game Fleischmann has played against Carolina. While still with the Capitals, he suited up against the Hurricanes on Nov. 24 and was then a healthy scratch two nights later when Washington faced Tampa Bay. The Capitals and Hurricanes then met up again on Nov. 28. That contest was Fleischmann’s last with his former team.

Another Avalanche player had a similar situation recently, as defenseman Matt Hunwick suited up for the Boston Bruins against Atlanta on Nov. 28, was traded to Colorado on Nov. 29, and then played with the Avalanche against the Thrashers again on Nov. 30.

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Anderson, Foote Return
The Avalanche’s lineup was bolstered by the return of goaltender Craig Anderson and captain Adam Foote on Friday night.

Both players had missed Colorado past three games after leaving a Nov. 24 contest in Vancouver with injuries – Anderson with a groin injury and Foote due to a leg ailment.

Anderson was extremely sharp in his return, making 28 saves in a contest which turned out to be a goaltending duel with Carolina’s Cam Ward (34 stops). The Avalanche netminder allowed a goal by Jeff Skinner on the 26th shot he faced and then also gave up Brandon Sutter’s game-winning tally 1:16 into overtime.

Foote skated for 19:14 in his first game back and totaled one shot on goal, one hit and three blocked shots.

Forward David Koci and defenseman Ryan Wilson were the Avalanche’s healthy scratches tonight.

Shattenkirk Sets Franchise Mark
With an assist on Milan Hejduk’s goal with 7:09 remaining in the third period, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk extended his point streak to eight games (4g/7a) and set a new franchise record in the process. His point streak is now the longest by a rookie blueliner in Avalanche/Nordiques history. Heading into tonight’s game, Shattenkirk was tied with Jeff Brown (1986-87) in franchise annals.

The Boston University product also holds the longest point streak by an NHL rookie this season. The last first-year defenseman to produce a streak as long was Barry Beck with the Colorado Rockies during the 1977-78 campaign.

On the record-setting play, Shattenkirk carried the puck out of the Avalanche’s defensive zone and made a nice move around Carolina’s Joe Corvo before sending a pass to Hejduk, whose wrister from the left circle beat Cam Ward to the glove side.

Game Notes
Matt Duchene saw his four-game goal scoring streak come to a halt tonight…Shattenkirk’s assist gave Colorado’s defensemen a combined 30 points (7g/23a) over the last nine games…The Avalanche is now 3-0-1 on Fridays this season…Colorado killed off both its penalties in the game and has allowed only one power-play goal over the past five games (15/16, 93.8%).
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