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Jones Provides Spark In Return

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Right wing David Jones made his season debut on Monday afternoon against the Boston Bruins, and it’s safe to say that his teammates are glad he’s back in the lineup.

Jones, who suffered a chest injury on Sept. 23 in a preseason tilt against the Los Angeles Kings, scored a goal and added an assist in his first action of the regular season as Colorado downed Boston, 4-3.

Jones had a shot on goal during each of his first three shifts today, the last of which helped give Colorado a 2-0 advantage. With the Avs already up a goal, Jones drove into the Boston zone and unleashed a slap shot from just above the right circle. Boston netminder Tuukka Rask stopped the attempt, but Scott Hannan found himself all alone and knocked home the rebound.

But Jones wasn’t done there. In the second period, the forward netted his first goal of the season while the Avs were short-handed. T.J. Galiardi set up the play by fighting off three Bruins in front of the Boston bench, coming out with the puck and springing his former Dartmouth teammate for a breakaway. Finding himself one-on-one with Rask, Jones buried a shot high glove side to give Colorado a 4-2 lead. The goal would stand up as the game-winner.

“It’s been a long time. My last regular season game was in January of last year,” said Jones. “I didn’t really know how it would go out there tonight, but I’ve been working really hard at practice, just doing some simple things and I got some fortunate breaks today.”

Jones took 26 shifts against Boston – tying with Paul Stastny for the team lead among forwards – and was on the ice for 17:06. During that time, he totaled four shots on goal, a pair of hits and a blocked shot.

“Jonesy brings a lot to our lineup, and I can use him in a lot of different situations,” said Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco. “He’s a big, strong power forward, and we were really glad to have him back tonight.”

Quincey On A Roll
With an assist in the first period, Kyle Quincey extended his season-opening point streak to five games. In doing so, he became the first Avalanche blueliner to register points in his first five games of the season since 1996-97. That year, Sandis Ozolinsh notched a point in each of his first six contests.

Quincey’s helper came on Milan Hejduk’s power-play goal, which marked the fifth straight game the Avs have scored with the man-advantage. The last time Colorado notched a power-play goal in each of its first five games was during the 1997-98 season, when the club opened with a power-play goal in nine straight games.

Marek Svatos added another power-play tally in the second period, giving the Avs eight in their first five games.

Back At Home
Tonight’s game in Boston was a homecoming of sorts for Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco. The first-year NHL bench boss was born just up the road in Medford, Mass., and played his college hockey at Boston University.

During his three years with the Terriers, Sacco produced 128 points (63g/65a) in 111 career games before turning pro. He went on to appear in 738 total games over his 13-year career in the National Hockey League, which included stints with Toronto, Anaheim, the New York Islanders, Washington and Philadelphia. The right winger finished with 94 goals and 119 assists for 213 points.

Shift On The Blue Line
The Avalanche recalled defenseman Ryan Wilson from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League on Monday. Wilson did not suit up against Boston.

The 22-year-old blueliner fills the roster spot of blueliner Ruslan Salei, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Sunday (retroactive to Oct. 8) with a back injury.

T.J. Hensick, Chris Stewart and Wilson were the Avalanche’s healthy scratches today…Hannan matched his goal total from all of last season with his first-period tally…The blueliner now has two points (1g/1a) in his first five games of the 2009-10 campaign…Ten different players recorded points for the Avalanche today, with Jones (1g/1a) notching the only multi-point game…Today’s game was the Avalanche’s third on a seven-game road trip, and the first that wasn’t a home-opener for its opponent (Colorado played Nashville and Chicago in their respective home openers)…The Avalanche will serve as the opponent for one more home opener when the club visits Montreal on Thursday…The Canadiens played their first five contests on the road, and are idle until Thursday’s game.
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