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Colorado's Top Guns Come Out Firing Against Calgary

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Post-Game Comments:

Paul Stastny
Wojtek Wolski

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Lately, the Colorado Avalanche has seen numerous role players step up and make key offensive contributions at important moments. On Monday at Pepsi Center, some more familiar names did the majority of the damage against the Calgary Flames.

Paul Stastny recorded a pair of goals, and Wojtek Wolski tallied a goal and two assists while Milan Hejduk also chipped in with three helpers to lead the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory. With the win, Colorado improved its season record to 3-0 versus the Flames.

"We were really getting to the net, really getting in front of him and that created a lot of opportunities," said Wolski. "It’s great if you’re getting pucks to the net but if you don’t have anyone in front of the net, it’s not going to do much."

After falling behind 1-0 on a Jarome Iginla power-play goal at the 4:39 mark of the first period, the Avalanche tallied four consecutive goals to cement the victory.

Colorado received its first marker from a forward combination that played together for the majority of the preseason and the beginning of the regular season but hasn’t been on the ice together all too often as of late.

While Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Andrew Brunette weren’t playing on the same line Monday, they were together on a power-play unit that converted at the 16:09 mark of the first period to even the contest.

Stationed at the point, Sakic put a snap shot on net that first glanced off Smyth – who was screening Kiprusoff in front of the Calgary goal – before caroming off Brunette’s stick to even the game.

The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead on a pretty give-and-go play between Wolski and Hejduk. Wolski gave up the puck to Hejduk near Calgary’s blue line and made his way toward the Flames’ net. Seconds later, Wolski was the beneficiary of a cross-ice feed that he tipped past Kiprusoff for his sixth tally of the season and the second period’s only goal.

It took only 45 seconds for the Avs to extend their lead in the final frame, as this time Wolski found himself making a nifty feed to Stastny. After taking a pass from Hejduk, Wolski sent a backhander to Stastny, who buried his sixth goal of the year to give the Avalanche a 3-1 advantage.

Stastny struck again at the 10:12 mark to round out the scoring after a give-and-go play with Hejduk. The second year forward notched his second tally of the game by knocking home the rebound of a Hejduk attempt.

Jose Theodore was solid in earning his third straight win – and third of the season against Calgary – making 23 saves.

Notes: Sakic extended his assist/point streak to eight games (1g/10a), marking the longest assist streak in the NHL this season…Stastny has now totaled seven goals on the season, tying him with Marek Svatos for the team lead…The Avalanche finished 1-of-6 on the power-play.

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