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by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Foote Sits, Cumiskey Hurt

Avalanche captain Adam Foote was held out of tonight’s game with a leg injury.

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It was the 12th game Foote has missed this season, but the first since Nov. 30. The veteran was previously sidelined with a leg injury for three straight contests from Nov. 25-30, but had since appeared in 29 consecutive games before sitting tonight. Foote is currently day-to-day with the injury.

With Foote out of the lineup, Kyle Cumiskey suited up tonight after serving as a healthy scratch Monday against Phoenix. However, Cumiskey was hurt himself in the first period after taking a hit. The blueliner, who recently returned to the lineup after missing 34 games with a concussion, suffered a head injury and did not return to the game.

Scoreless Streak Snapped
Although the Avalanche couldn’t snap its losing streak on Wednesday, the club did put an end to a long scoreless drought.

Colorado had been shut out in each of its past two games – dropping 3-0 decisions to Anaheim on Saturday afternoon and Phoenix on Monday evening – heading into tonight’s contest. Before Wednesday, Colorado’s last goal came off the stick of Chris Stewart with 11 seconds remaining in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota last Thursday.

The goal deficiency came to an end during the opening frame tonight against the Wild. When a faceoff in the Avs’ offensive zone essentially ended in a draw, Jones grabbed the loose puck and quickly threw a low shot between the pads of Niklas Backstrom at the 15:11 mark.

Jones’ 17th tally of the season stopped the goal-less streak at 135:22.

Speaking Of Jones
The Avalanche forward not only ended the Avs’ scoring drought in the first period, but he also scored just 23 seconds into the final frame on a strange play that got Colorado within a goal at 3-2. Standing behind the Minnesota net, Jones whacked at a puck that shot out into the crease area and bounced off Wild defender Nick Schultz and into the goal.

The tally was Jones’ 18th of the year, pushing him past Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny (who both have 17) and into second place on the team behind only Matt Duchene (20).

Jones nearly had another goal earlier in the game, but it was waved off after the official ruled (correctly, it seemed) that he had pushed the puck into the net with his glove instead of his stick while lying prone in the crease.

The winger has set career-highs in games (49), goals (18), assists (12) and points (30) this season.
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