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Avalanche Sets Record For Longest Home Winning Streak

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The Colorado Avalanche’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Pepsi Center was the club’s eighth consecutive win at home, the longest single-season home winning streak since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995.

The previous record was seven straight home wins from Jan. 23 - Feb. 25, 2003.  This current eight-game run is the second-longest home winning streak in the NHL this season (Detroit has a streak of 10 and counting).  The franchise record for longest single-season home winning streak is 10 set by the Nordiques in 1983-84 and 1994-95.  The Avalanche did win eight straight home games once but that was over multiple seasons, March 27, 2000 to Oct. 28, 2000.
Colorado has improved its home record during this stretch to 12-9-0 after starting the year 4-9-0.
8         Nov. 30, 2011 - present
7         Jan. 23 - Feb. 25, 2003
6         Oct. 1 - Nov. 6, 2009
6         Oct. 3 - Nov. 1, 2007
6         March 20 - April 6, 2003
6         Nov. 11 - Dec. 1, 2000
6         Jan. 5-17, 2000
6         Feb. 19 - March 3, 1996

•    The Avalanche’s 2-1 overtime victory tonight was the club’s eighth consecutive win at home, the longest single-season home winning streak since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995.
•    The previous record was seven straight home wins from Jan. 23 - Feb. 25, 2003.
•    This current eight-game run is the second-longest home winning streak in the NHL this season…Detroit has a streak of 10 and counting.
•    The Avs finished 4-0 on this four-game homestand, all one-goal victories.
•    Tonight was the Avalanche’s 13th one-goal victory this season (13-5-1), tied with New Jersey (13-4-1) for the most in the NHL…The Devils got their 13th tonight as well.
•    Colorado improved to 9-1-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season, 5-0 at home and 4-1 on the road…That .900 winning percentage ranks as the second-best record against the Eastern Conference behind only St. Louis (7-0-1, .938).
•    The Avs are now 9-1 in games that go beyond regulation, 3-1 in overtime and 6-0 in shootouts…Only New Jersey, which won in a shootout tonight to improve to 10-1, has more combined OT/shootout wins this season.
•    Matt Duchene scored his second career overtime goal tonight…His other OT winner was Dec. 17, 2010 vs. Ottawa.
•    Jean-Sebastien Giguere earned his fourth consecutive victory in what was his season-high fourth consecutive start…Giguere over these last four games is 4-0 with a 1.45 GAA and .953 Sv% (128 SA, 6 GA, 248 min)…This marks the first time he's won four straight games in a single season since Nov. 24 - Dec. 14, 2008.
•    Giguere’s win tonight was his 239th career victory, passing Jocelyn Thibault (238) for sole possession of 48th place on the all-time wins list.
•    Giguere appeared in his 539th career game, passing Marty Turco (538) for sole possession of 51st place all time in games played by a goaltender.
•    Shane O’Brien extended his point streak to four games (0g/4a), a new career high...His previous best was three straight games with a point set Dec. 20-26, 2007.
•    O’Brien’s 12 points this year are his most since recording a career-high 21 points with Tampa Bay in 2007-08…His 11 assists are his most since that same year (17).
•    The Avalanche has allowed just one power-play goal in the last five games, killing 17-of-18 short-handed situations (93.3%).
•    The Avs have played six consecutive one goal games for the first time since Nov. 28-Dec. 7, 2008.
•    Colorado won 40-of-54 (74%) faceoffs tonight.

Colorado Center Matt Duchene
On His Game-Winning Goal: I’ve scored some goals like that before, coming down the wing and trying to fire one quick five-hole. I think he thought that I was past the net when I fired it. I just saw him standing there. I don’t think it was on the right angle, but I just threw it and it found its way in. A bit of luck there, but just trying to get a puck on net and see what happened and it worked out.
On Defeating Tampa Bay: They are a great team. They are a really high octane offense. It is a tough game when you play them. You have to be aware and not turnover the puck. You have to be accountable defensively and we did that tonight.

Colorado Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere
On The Team Record For Consecutive Wins At Home: It is something that we are really proud of. We talked about it before the game, that it would be a big deal. Especially this team, they have had so many great teams here and to be able to have a team record – it is amazing for us. Especially the way we started the season here at home, I don’t think anybody would have thought that this would happen over the course of the season. We put a lot of pressure on us to be better at home. This is a building that should be hard for opposing teams to play in and we have done it as of late.
On Getting Back On The Road: We are comfortable here at home, no doubt. I always believe to be a playoff team, you have to be .500 on the road. We have to get back on the road and start winning some games. I don’t think we have been good enough lately.

Tampa Bay Goaltender Mathieu Garon

On Not Being Able To Capitalize More After A Good First Period: I thought the first period, we did exactly what we wanted to do, but for some reason we didn’t do it in the second. We battled hard, we got a point. Obviously we wanted two-points, but the guys battled hard.
On Playing Games Back Home: It is going to be big. If we want to build momentum, this is the perfect stretch coming up. We have some great teams coming at home and wins there would be huge for us.

Tampa Bay Center Steven Stamkos
On The Game: We didn’t stick to the game plan. It is as easy as that. We came out, knew what we had to do, completely dominated the first period and we just didn’t keep doing what was working.
On The Team’s Struggles On The Power Play: It is tough right now. With the amount of skill that we have, it is pretty frustrating to know that we are not even getting momentum or quality chances. We have to shoot the puck more. We can talk about it all we want, but we have to execute it on the ice.
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