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Stastny Keeps Climbing in Franchise Record Book

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

Avalanche center Paul Stastny is cementing his place in the franchise's record book.

Stastny had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and is now eighth in franchise history in both goals and points.

The forward entered the game against Chicago tied with Dale Hunter (142) for eighth place on the franchise's goals list but quickly took sole possession of the spot after scoring early in the first period.

Paul Stastny

Stastny took advantage of a bad bounce for the Blackhawks as Brent Seabook's pass off the Chicago end wall caromed off and onto Stastny's stick in the slot. Stastny then beat Hawks goalie Corey Crawford over the right shoulder with a wrist shot.

"We have played enough in this rink when you see that bounce, it might bounce off the post when it comes out to the middle or left," Stastny said. "I was just kind of anticipating it a little bit. You just try to take your time because you have so much time in the slot, and I just kind of surprised him since he's not set. The majority of the time, if you have a good shot, it's going to go in."

Stastny's eighth goal of the season and the 143rd of his career ignited the Pepsi Center crowd and led to a stretch of three goals in seven minutes for the Avalanche.

"We had a good first period and that's what home teams want to do, kind of feed off the crowd," Stastny told after the game.

The assist was the 272nd of his career and his 415th point, surpassing Valeri Kamensky (414) for the eighth spot on the franchise's all-time scoring list. The helper came at a good time also as Chicago had several good scoring opportunities deep in Colorado's end moments earlier.

Stastny gained control of the puck along the right boards and flipped it ahead to PA Parenteau to clear it out of the zone. Parenteau took the puck all the way up the ice and scored with a wrist shot from the circle, giving Colorado a 4-0 advantage.

"That fourth goal was big for us," Colorado head coach Patrick Roy said. "[The Blackhawks] were buzzing in our zone, and Varly made some key saves for us at key moments. You're always afraid being up 3-0 and having a bit of a letdown, but I thought we didn't have any."

Tuesday's game was the continuation of a good stretch for Stastny, as he has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last seven games and 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his last 14 games. He now shares the team lead in assists (nine) and is second in both points (17) and goals (eight-tied).

The University of Denver product still has a little ways to go until he reaches the seventh spot in franchise history in goals and points as Kamensky holds the position for goals with 166 (23 away) and Hunter for points with 464 (49 away).

However, Stastny is getting closer to some familiar faces on both franchise lists as his uncle Anton Stastny is fifth in goals (252) and sixth in points (636) and his father Peter Stastny is third in goals (380) and second in points (1048).

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