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The Colorado Avalanche has performed exceptionally well at home this season. If at all possible, it seems as though Paul Stastny
may enjoy home cooking even a little more than the rest of his teammates
On Sunday against the Minnesota Wild, Stastny recorded a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Avalanche to a 4-2 victory at Pepsi Center. The second-year forward now has 20 points (8g/12a) in 10 home games this season, placing him in a tie for first among NHL players in points scored during home contests. The center also leads the Avs in scoring with 22 points (9g/13a).
“I feel good out there," said Stastny. "Especially with the team we have, sometimes if we take the night off, another line will pick it up. That’s the way we’ve been going all year."
With a 9-1 mark at Pepsi Center, the Avs have the best home record in the Western Conference and set a new franchise mark for the most wins after 10 home contests. Colorado’s victory on Sunday also equaled the best home record after 10 games in franchise history by either points or point percentage. The 1995-96 squad went 8-0-2 (.900) in their first 10 at home.
Ryan Smyth put the home team on the scoreboard at the 15:48 mark of the first period when he knocked home the rebound of a Scott Hannan shot from the point to account for the stanza’s only goal.
Stastny gave the Avs a 2-0 lead at the 5:59 mark of the second period, notching his eighth goal of the season with Colorado on the power play. Following a Joe Sakic attempt from outside the left faceoff circle, Stastny made two unsuccessful attempts before his third try made it past Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom.
Sakic was credited with his 13th assist of the season on the play.
Minnesota pulled within a goal on an Eric Belanger power-play tally at 10:08, but Stastny then put the Avalanche up by a 3-1 score at 14:57 with his second tally of the evening. Kurt Sauer made an outlet pass to Wojtek Wolski, who went on a 2-on-2 rush with Stastny. After taking a pass from Wolski, Stastny gained the zone and pulled up in the slot before putting a low shot past Backstrom.
The Wild answered back before the end of the period with a power-play goal from Pierre-Marc Bouchard at 19:54 to make it a 3-2 game.
Peter Budaj kept the Wild off the scoreboard in the third period, stopping all seven shots he faced, including a spectacular glove save on Kurtis Foster with 1:20 remaining, to improve his record to 7-3 on the season. Wojtek Wolski iced the game on an empty net power-play goal with one second remaining.Notes:
Stastny reached 100 points in his NHL career (37g/63a) tonight…He surpassed the 100-point mark in just his 99th career game, making him only the sixth player in franchise history to eclipse 100 points in 100 or fewer games…Avalanche assistant captain Ian Laperriere (knee) left the game in the second period and did not return…The Avalanche now leads the Northwest Division by three points over the Wild…Colorado is 7-1-1 in its last nine games…Colorado held a 42-25 edge in faceoffs.