Perhaps lost a bit in the excitement of Daniel Winnik’s seeing eye goal in the third period that tied the game at 3-3 – his first tally as a member of the Avalanche – was that Adam Foote picked up his second assist of the season on the play.
The helper also served as his 253rd career point (56g/197a), which tied him with Sandis Ozolinsh for the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise record for scoring by a defenseman. The captain’s 197 career assists are already a club record among blueliners.Olver’s First Point
Rookie forward Mark Olver
returned to the Avalanche’s lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch on Monday night in Philadelphia. The Northern Michigan University product made his NHL debut on Opening Night against the Chicago Blackhawks, but saw just 1:42 of ice time after taking a penalty early in the contest.
Playing on the Avalanche’s fourth line tonight with Philippe Dupuis and Cody McLeod
, Olver recorded his first NHL point. The Burnaby, B.C. native was credited with the secondary assist on David Jones
’ first of two goals on the evening, which came at the 16:56 mark of the opening frame.Liles, Duchene Continue To Produce
Speaking of Jones’ first goal, defenseman John-Michael Liles earned the primary assist on that particular tally. The helper was the blueliner’s fifth of the season, which currently places him first on the team in both assists and points through three games.
Liles is one of two Avalanche players to record a point in all three contests to open the season, with the other being sophomore center Matt Duchene
Duchene picked up an assist on Jones’ second goal of the evening, which tied the game at 4-4 with 8:36 remaining in regulation. The Haliburton, Ontario native ranks second on the club with four points (1g/3a).Loose Pucks
Jones tied his career-high with three points (2g/1a) tonight…Jones previously had three-point efforts on January 10, 2009 against the Pittsburgh Penguins (2g/1a) and March 11, 2008 at the Atlanta Thrashers (1g/2a)…The Avs outshot the Wings by a 38-28 margin…Colorado blocked 26 shots (led by Adam Foote’s five), compared to 11 for Detroit…The Avalanche has received points from 12 different players through its first three games, including six different goal scorers…Forward Kevin Porter
and defenseman Jonas Holos
were the Avalanche’s scratches tonight.