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Colorado Finds Power-Play Success vs. Florida

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

Down 2-0 in the second period on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers, the Colorado Avalanche needed its power play to come to life with a 5-on-3 advantage on the ice. It did just that as the Avs scored twice to get back into game.

Tyson Barrie and Gabriel Landeskog tallied 31 seconds apart to quickly erase the deficit and build momentum for another Avs goal later in the period, this time from Alex Tanguay.

The Panthers ended up tying the game late in the second stanza and scored the game-winner in overtime to pick up a 4-3 victory, but Colorado was able to grab a point and build on a special-teams unit that had only scored once on the power play entering the contest.

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy was less than thrilled about the final result after the game, but he did appreciate the fact that his team didn't give up and took advantage of the mid-game opportunity.

"We battled back. That is the thing I can say," Roy said. "Down 2-0, we scored two power-play goals. We took the lead. Unfortunately for us, giveaways cost us the third goal and they tied the game."

Colorado's second period, two-man advantage began at 9:04 after Brad Boyes was called for the game's first penalty for high sticking. He was joined in the box 57 seconds later by teammate Erik Gudbranson after a delay of game call.

The Avs took advantage of the opportunity by cycling the puck around the zone before Barrie scored on a one-time shot from above the left circle with 13 seconds left in the 5-on-3.

Landeskog potted his second goal of the season with a nice drive to the net and shot to the far post, beating goalie Roberto Luongo's blocker side to tie the game.

Tanguay said the Avs' three-goal period is further proof that the team is never out of a game.

"We know that we're in the game, and that we'll be able to create offense," Tanguay said. "We're not worried about that."

BERRA BACK IN THE LINEUP

Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra returned to the Avalanche lineup Tuesday night after missing most of the team's previous two games because of a neck injury. He finished with 32 saves.

"I thought he did a really good job for us," Roy said. "He made some really good saves in the third period. I thought a couple tough ones too, tips and stuff like that. He was good."

Berra was injured at 2:46 of the first period in Thursday's 5-3 loss at the Ottawa Senators and didn't dress for Saturday's game in Montreal.

After giving up two first-period goals, Berra played solid throughout the rest of the game and didn't seem to have any lasting effects from the injury.

"I felt pretty good," Berra said. "It's hard when you go in and after one it's 2-0. I think overall I played good and felt good."

In other goalie news, Roy said before the game that Semyon Varlamov is expected to play on Friday against Vancouver. Varlamov suffered a minor groin injury last week and could be activated off injured reserve soon. He has a workout scheduled on Wednesday with goaltending coach Francois Allaire and could be cleared to play if all goes well.

WILSON INJURED

Ryan Wilson injured his shoulder in the second period and was unable to finish the game.

The Avalanche defenseman went to the Colorado dressing room to get treatment midway through the second stanza and returned briefly later in the period, but he did not play any of the third.

Wilson was playing in his third game of the season after being scratched in the Avs' previous three contests.

MORE POSTGAME NOTES

•With an assist tonight, Jarome Iginla passed Bobby Hull (1,170) for sole possession of 49th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,171 points…Iginla has 560 goals and 611 assists in 1,317 career games.

MOST POINTS, ALL-TIME (No. 45-50)
45. Joe Thornton 1201
46. Dino Ciccarelli 1200
47. Rod Brind’Amour 1184
48. Sergei Fedorov 1179
49. Jarome Iginla 1171
50.Bobby Hull 1170

Alex Tanguay scored a goal for the third straight game, giving him his first three-game goal streak since April 1-6, 2011 with Calgary…Tanguay leads the Avs with three goals this season.

•With that goal tonight, Tanguay tied Valeri Kamensky for ninth place on the franchise's all-time scoring list with 414 points…Alex has 414 points (144g/270a) in 473 games with the Avalanche.

Marc-Andre Cliche logged his second career NHL fight (Dec. 17, 2013 at Dallas).

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