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Avs Start Roadtrip With 4-1 Win Over Leafs

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

TORONTO (AP) -- John-Michael Liles scored twice to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Brett McLean and Milan Hejduk also scored for the Avalanche, who avoided a three-game losing streak.

Colorado played the first of its three-game trip to Canada after losing two of three at home. The Avalanche play in Ottawa on Thursday before goalie Jose Theodore returns to Montreal on Saturday for the first time since being traded.

Backup Peter Budaj got the start against Toronto and finished with 27 saves.

Liles scored his first two goals of the season -- a go-ahead goal in the second and an insurance goal in the third.

He scored at 15:58 of the second by charging toward the net and poking the puck before falling and scoring.

Colorado's Marek Svatos made a nice pass from the blue line to a streaking Liles, whose wrist shot beat goalie Andrew Raycroft blocker side at 6:22 of the third.

Hejduk's wrist shot made it 4-1 at 17:04.

Toronto's power play went 0-for-4 and is now 5-for-35 on the season.

Battaglia gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 2:22 of the first after a Colorado defenseman turned the puck over behind his own net the puck trickled out front to Battaglia.

After a Toronto turnover, McLean tied it by putting a rebound past Raycroft at 9:37 of the first.

The Maple Leafs honored Mats Sundin for getting his 500th goal by framing the stick, puck and the gamesheet from Saturday's game. His teammates also got him a golf trip for four in Ireland.

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