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Memorable Moments and Milestones of 2013-14

by Ryan Simmons / Colorado Avalanche has compiled some of most memorable moments and personal milestones from the 2013-14 season. Below is a look at each of them, beginning with opening night against Anaheim.

October 2, 2013 vs. Anaheim Ducks

The Avalanche got off to a scorching start under new head coach Patrick Roy with a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

It was a great night for the new-look Avs with 2013 No.1 overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon getting two assists while debuting as the youngest rookie in franchise history. Jamie McGinn picked up two goals, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 35 shots and won for the third straight time on opening night. Only Roy has more opening-night wins in franchise history.

The game was also a homecoming for Alex Tanguay, who picked up three assists in his return to the Avalanche by means of an offseason trade with Calgary. Nate Guenin made his Avs debut as he played in his first NHL game since March 21, 2012 with Anaheim. Roy would cap the night off with some fireworks of his own after a hit by Anaheim's Ben Lovejoy late in the blowout. In defense of his players, Roy pushed on partition between the two teams, knocking it somewhat ajar and causing the Pepsi Center to shake.

Successful Debut For MacKinnon
Varlamov Impressive In Season Opener
Opening Night Photos

October 4, 2013 vs. Nashville Predators

The Avalanche was led by the trio of Patrick Bordeleau, Marc-Andre Cliche and PA Parenteau in the 3-1 victory against the Nashville Predators. Bordeleau picked up his first game-winning goal, and Cliche tallied his first NHL point with an assist. Parenteau tied a career high with two goals.

October 8, 2013 at Toronto Maple Leafs

Defenseman Cory Sarich scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche in a 2-1 victory on the road in Toronto. It was his first tally since Jan. 10, 2012.

October 10, 2013 at Boston Bruins

Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made his season debut as he stopped 39 shots in a 2-0 shutout win over the Boston Bruins. It was also the 400th game of Cody McLeod's NHL career.

October 12, 2013 at Washington Capitals

It was a great night for Semyon Varlamov in a battle against his former team. The Avs goalie stopped 40 shots, paving the way to a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals. It was Varlamov's first game against his former club. Nate Guenin helped out his goalie on defense by pitching in with a team season-high seven blocked shots in the game.

Nathan MacKinnon also scored his first NHL goal, and Alex Tanguay picked up two goals to help the Avalanche to a 5-0 start to the season. Paul Stastny tallied two assists to help give him 400 career NHL points.

MacKinnon Scores First NHL Goal
Tanguay's Goal Seven Years In The Making
Giguere, Varlamov Named NHL Second Stars of the Week

October 15, 2013 vs. Dallas Stars

Matt Duchene became the fourth youngest player in franchise history to reach 200 points as he scored two goals in the Avs' 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. It was the first game during the season that the Avalanche gave up more than one goal.

October 17, 2013 vs. Detroit Red Wings

Jan Hejda had a career-high seven shots, but Colorado lost its first game of the season against its former Western Conference rival.

October 21, 2013 at Pittsburgh Penguins

Both teams held a league-best 7-1-0 record heading into the game, but it was the Avalanche that came out on top in a tight affair. Jean-Sebastien Giguere posted a shutout and the Avalanche defeated the Penguins 1-0. The netminder stopped 34 shots while captain Gabriel Landeskog scored the lone goal. The Avalanche defense blocked 20 total shots and killed all seven Pittsburgh power-play opportunities.

Giguere Continues Hot Play

October 25, 2013 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

With a 4-2 win against the Hurricanes, the Avalanche held a 9-1 record to match the franchise's best start through 10 games. Only the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques had won nine of their first 10 contests.

October 27, 2013 vs. Winnipeg Jets

Colorado defeated the Jets 3-2 and matched the franchise record for wins in the month of October with 10. Only the 2009-10 squad had been able to post double-digit victories in the opening month of the season. Matt Duchene tied the team record for goals scored in October with nine, and Semyon Varlamov ended the month with a 7-1-0 record.

November 1, 2013 at Dallas Stars

Defenseman Nick Holden made his Avalanche debut, however it was as a forward. It marked only his eighth career NHL game. Also appearing with the Avs for the first time was newly-acquired Maxime Talbot, who joined the team the previous day in a trade that sent Steve Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Colorado defeated Dallas 3-2 in overtime after Paul Stastny tallied the winner in extra time. It marked the center's third career OT goal. The Avs also went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill to move their season road mark to a perfect 20-for-20 when the club is shorthanded.

November 2, 2013 vs. Montreal Canadiens

Former great Avalanche defender Adam Foote had his No. 52 raised to the rafters of Pepsi Center prior to a 4-1 Avs win against Montreal. Foote joined former teammates Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77)—all of whom were in attendance that night—as the only five members to have their sweater numbers retired by the team.

During the game, rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored his first game-winning goal, and the Avs moved their consecutive penalties killed streak to 22 (Oct. 19-Nov 2).

Avs Retire Adam Footes No. 52
Photo Gallery
Full Ceremony
Foote Press Conference

November 10, 2013 vs. Washington Capitals

Nick Holden scored his first career NHL goal and it ended up being the game-winner in the Avs' 4-1 victory.

Holden's First Goal
Hard work, Positivity Leads To Holden's Goal

November 12, 2013 at Carolina Hurricanes

Nathan MacKinnon tied a franchise-rookie record with nine shots, but the team suffered its first road loss of the season.

November 19, 2013 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Maxime Talbot recorded his first multi-point game with Colorado by posting two assists (tying a career high) and helped the Avs secure a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Paul Stastny moved into eighth place on the franchise's all-time scoring list with a goal and an assist in the contest.

November 21, 2013 at Phoenix Coyotes

Andre Benoit became the first Avalanche defenseman since Ryan Wilson to tally three points in a game. Benoit scored a goal early in the game and then notched an assist on the game-tying goal. Ryan O’Reilly won the game with his third career overtime goal as Colorado defeated Phoenix 4-3.

November 23, 2013 at Los Angeles Kings

Semyon Varlamov posted his first shutout of the season as he stopped 19 shots in the 1-0 overtime victory. Jamie McGinn won the game with his first career overtime goal.

November 29, 2013 at Minnesota Wild

The Avs had a strong post-Thanksgiving feast in Minnesota as they won 3-1 in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home series with the Wild. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 27 shots to keep his record unblemished at 6-0.

November 30, 2013 vs. Minnesota Wild

Colorado followed up its win the previous day with another one against Minnesota. John Mitchell tied a career high with two assists in the Avs' 3-2-shootout win.

December 6, 2013 at Calgary Flames

Maxime Talbot scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche in a 3-2 win over Calgary. John Mitchell matched his career high with two assists.

December 8, 2013 at Vancouver Canucks

Jean-Sebastien Giguere suffered his first loss of the season after starting 7-0-0. He stopped 18 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Canucks. He was the first goalie in franchise history to begin the season with seven consecutive wins.

December 12, 2013 at Winnipeg Jets

Matt Duchene scored two goals in regulation before scoring the first goal in the shootout during Colorado's 4-3 victory against Winnipeg. The Avs moved their record to 17-0-0 when scoring first.

December 14, 2013 vs. Minnesota Wild

John Mitchell played in his 300th NHL game.

December 16, 2013 vs. Dallas Stars

PA Parenteau tied a career high in points and assists by picking up three in the Avalanche's 6-2 win against the Stars. Paul Stastny posted a season-high four points (two goals, two assists) for the first time since Dec. 2, 2009 at Florida.

December 21, 2013 at Los Angeles Kings

Ryan O’Reilly picked up a goal and an assist in his 300th NHL game. Matt Duchene tallied his fourth straight multi-point game, but Colorado fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Kings.

December 23, 2013 at San Jose Sharks

Colorado defenseman Jan Hejda played in his 500th NHL game. He became just the 19th Czech-born defenseman in NHL history to reach the milestone.

December 27, 2013 at Chicago Blackhawks

Matt Duchene appeared in his 300th career NHL game.

December 31, 2013 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Avalanche defeated the Columbus Blues Jackets 5-3 on New Year's Eve. It was the first game Colorado had played outside of its conference since Nov. 16. The Avs went 9-6-4 during the 19-game stretch against Western Conference opponents.

January 2, 2014 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

The Avalanche began the New Year by winning its sixth-consecutive home games against the Flyers with a 2-1 victory.

January 4, 2014 vs. San Jose Sharks

Nathan MacKinnon had his first career multi-goal game as he scored two goals in the Avalanche's 4-3 win. He became the youngest player in franchise history to have a multi-goal game.

January 6, 2014 vs. Calgary Flames

Two days after scoring twice, Nathan MacKinnon did it again. He became the youngest player in NHL history to have back-to-back two-goal contests as he tallied two times against the Flames. Gabriel Landeskog picked up his 100th career point.

January 8, 2014 vs. Ottawa Senators

Tyson Barrie scored an overtime winner for the Avalanche. Jan Hejda matched his career-high total in goals by scoring his fifth. Gabriel Landeskog chipped in with a career-high three assists.

Barrie Wins It For Avs In OT

January 10, 2014 vs. New York Islanders

Jamie McGinn notched his 100th career point with an assist on Nathan MacKinnon’s fifth goal in four games.

January 11, 2014 at Minnesota Wild

Ryan O’Reilly tied his career high with two goals. It was his first multi-goal game since Dec. 4, 2011 versus Detroit.

January 14, 2014 at Chicago Blackhawks

Tyson Barrie scored a career-high two goals in the game, including his the winning goal in overtime. It was his second OT goal in a week, and he became was the first Avalanche defenseman to have a multi-goal game since John-Michael Liles.

Another OT Goal For Barrie
Varlamov Shines In Chicago

January 16, 2014 vs. New Jersey Devils

Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves to help lead the Avalanche to a 2-1 shootout victory. The Colorado goalie moved his unbeaten record to 15 games (10-0-5).

January 18, 2014 at Nashville Predators

Nick Holden had a career night with two goals, three points and nine hits. He became the first NHL defenseman to post this stat line since Jiri Slegr. John Mitchell also had a multi-point game, tying his career high with two assists.

Holden Delivers Big Game

January 24, 2014 at Florida Panthers

Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist at BB&T Center in South Florida. It gave the forward five goals and two assists in the past six games.

January 25, 2014 at Tampa Bay Lightning

Sami Aittokallio made his first start of the season and the second of his career for the Avalanche in Tampa Bay. He made 15 saves in the loss.

January 30, 2014 vs. Minnesota Wild

Semyon Varlamov established a career high with his 27th win of the season and set a franchise record with his 10th victory in the month of January.

February 1, 2014 vs. Buffalo Sabres

The Avalanche tallied several personal milestones in a 7-1 win over the Sabres. Cody McLeod passed Adam Foote for the most penalty minutes in Avalanche history. Patrick Bordeleau appeared in his 100th NHL game, Ryan O’Reilly notched his 100th career assist and Marc-Andre Cliche scored his first NHL goal.

Also, Erik Johnson tied his previous career high with three assists, and Jamie McGinn had a career high three points (two goals and one assist). Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals for the first time since Feb. 25, 2012 while rookie Nathan MacKinnon contributed a career-high three points.

Avs Score A 'Touchdown' In Win Against Buffalo

February 3, 2014 at New Jersey Devils

Ryan O’Reilly won the game as he scored his second overtime goal of the season and his fourth of his career. Colorado forced overtime after PA Parenteau scored late in the third period to tie the game.

February 6, 2014 at Philadelphia Flyers

Erik Johnson attempted a career-high eight shots, the most by an Avalanche defenseman since Rob Blake.

February 8, 2014 at New York Islanders

Tyson Barrie had a career-high three points and Matt Duchene scored two goals, including the 100th of his career in the Avs' last game before the Olympic Break. PA Parenteau scored his 200th career point in his return to Long Island.


The Avalanche had four players represent their countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Semyon Varlamov was a member of host nation Russia, and Paul Stastny was a member of the Team USA. Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene faced off for the gold in the Olympic final, with Duchene and Team Canada winning their second straight Olympic gold with a victory over Landeskog and Sweden.

Avs In Sochi Blog
Group Play | Elimination Rounds

February 28, 2014 vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Andre Benoit made his 100th career appearance in the NHL. Nate Guenin scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche and his first since March 19, 2012

March 2, 2014 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Avalanche defenseman combined to score four goals to help the club to a 6-3 win against the Lightning on Military Appreciation Night at Pepsi Center.

Military Appreciation Night Photos

March 4, 2014 at Chicago Blackhawks

Erik Johnson tied a career high with three assists, and Nathan MacKinnon became the fifth youngest player in NHL history to surpass 50 points.

March 6, 2014 at Detroit Red Wings

Andre Benoit scored the overtime winner to spoil Detroit’s jersey retirement for Nicklas Lidstrom. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on Benoit's goal to extend his point streak to 13 games, which dated back to Jan. 25. MacKinnon's streak broke Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for consecutive games with a point by an 18-year-old.

MacKinnon Breaks Gretzky's Record

March 12, 2014 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots en route to becoming the fourth Russian goalie in league history to reach 100 career wins. Brad Malone scored his first goal of the season and the second of his career. Paul Carey made his NHL debut.

March 14, 2014 vs. Anaheim Ducks

Semyon Varlamov appeared in his 200th NHL game.

March 16, 2014 at Ottawa Senators

Colorado won for the seventh time in nine games.

March 18, 2014 at Montreal Canadiens

Patrick Roy made his first trip to Montreal as the Avalanche head coach. Nathan MacKinnon saw 20:55 of ice time, marking the fifth time in seven games the rookie passed the 20-minute mark. Prior to that stretch, he had only eclipsed 20 minutes twice.

Roy Ready For Return To Montreal
Night Of Returns

March 19, 2014 at Winnipeg Jets

Reto Berra made his Avalanche debut and stopped 22 shots in the 5-4 overtime loss. Ryan O’Reilly scored the fastest goal of the season when he scored just 20 seconds into the game.

March 25, 2014 at Nashville Predators

Gabriel Landeskog won the game in a shootout after dominating with two goals and an assist in regulation.

March 27, 2014 vs. Vancouver Canucks

Tyson Barrie scored his third overtime-winning goal of the season. Erik Johnson became the first defenseman and 13th overall player from the 2006 NHL draft class to play in 400 NHL games.

Overtime Goal No. 3 For Barrie in 2013-14

March 29, 2014 vs. San Jose Sharks

Semyon Varlamov, who made a season-high 47 saves, won his NHL-leading 37th game and the Avalanche reached the 100-point mark for the first time since 2003-04. The Avs also clinched their first playoff appearance since 2009-10. Cody McLeod scored the first short-handed goal of his career. After 72 games, Ryan O’Reilly picked up his first penalty of the season, playing the puck with a broken stick. He was the first player since Butch Goring in 1980-81 to go 70 games into the season without taking a penalty.

April 1, 2014 at Columbus Blue Jackets

Gabriel Landeskog scored a game-tying goal with less than five minutes remaining before scoring the overtime winner. Tyson Barrie appeared in his 100th NHL game.

April 3, 2014 vs. New York Rangers

In a comeback win over the Rangers, Tyson Barrie scored the tying goal in regulation and then won the game with a beautiful shootout goal. Semyon Varlamov matched coach Patrick Roy's franchise record for home victories in a season by winning his 24th. Roy set the record in 2000-01, when Colorado won the Stanley Cup.

Barrie, Just A Forward In Disguise
Barrie's Game-Tying Goal
Barrie's Shootout Tally
Postgame Comments

The Avalanche celebrate after Tyson Barrie ties the April 3, 2014 game against New York Rangers late in the third period (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

April 5, 2014 at St. Louis Blues

The Avalanche (50-21-6) won their 50th game for the second time in franchise history (the team won 52 in 2000-01). The Avalanche finished with 68 penalty minutes while the Blues had 99 in a physical game that saw Colorado shutout St. Louis.

April 6, 2014 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Patrick Bordeleau scored for the first time in 48 games. The Avalanche players participated in “Jerseys Off Our Backs” after the game and gave their uniforms to a lucky group of selected fans on Fan Appreciation Night.

Jerseys Off Our Backs

April 10, 2014 at Vancouver Canucks

Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 shots and broke Patrick Roy's single-season record with his 41st win of the season. The victory lifted the Avalanche into first place in the Central Division for the first time since Nov. 14.

April 13, 2014 at Anaheim Ducks

Colorado secured the Central Division title outright by gaining a point in an overtime loss to the Ducks. It was the Avs' first division crown since 2002-03.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 33 shots in what was his final game of his career as he announced his retirement this past summer. It was a storybook ending of sorts as he played his last game against the team he helped win the Stanley Cup with. After the game, Giguere shared a lap around the ice with former teammate and Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, who was also playing in his final NHL regular-season contest.

Patrick Bordeleau and Nathan MacKinnon became the only Avalanche players to appear in all 82 games during the season. MacKinnon was one of three rookies in the league to accomplish the feat that season. Nate Guenin appeared in his 100th NHL game.

Giguere Announces Retirement

First Round Western Conference Playoffs recap vs. Minnesota Wild

The Avalanche returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Twelve different Avs players made their playoff debut during the series against the Wild, including Joey Hishon who made his NHL debut in Game 5. Nathan MacKinnon and Paul Stastny led the team with 10 points in the seven-game series. MacKinnon had two goals and eight assists and Stastny had five goals and five assists. Along with captain Gabriel Landeskog, the trio was responsible for the three game-winning goals in Game 1, Game 2 and Game 5.

Avalanche Playoff Hub

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