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Theodore Records 27-Save Shutout

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
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Wojtek Wolski
Jose Theodore

In a goaltending battle, Jose Theodore bested Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller Thursday night at Pepsi Center.

Hiller made 29 saves on 30 shots, but Theodore stopped all 27 attempts he faced to earn his second shutout of the season in a 1-0 Avalanche victory.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Avalanche, giving the club its longest winning streak of the season.

“I think it’s more about getting the two points,” Theodore said following the win. “You can get it with a shutout or get it with a 4-3 win in a shootout, whatever it takes. This time of year it’s only the two points. Guys played so well in front of me.”

The Avs took a 1-0 lead following over 30 minutes of scoreless play when Wojtek Wolski tipped a nifty cross-ice feed from Andrew Brunette through Hiller’s legs at 11:59. Paul Stastny also recorded an assist on the goal – Wolski’s 15th of the season and first since Jan. 24 against the Minnesota Wild.

“Those two are great to play with, they get open all the time and they seem to be skating very well with the puck,” Wolski said of Brunette and Stastny. “I’m really happy that I got the opportunity to play with them right now and to score the game winner is a big thing for me.”

From there, the goaltending battle continued all the way through the game’s final minutes. The Ducks pulled Hiller for an extra attacker late in the game, but Chris Kunitz was whistled for holding Ian Laperriere’s stick with 16 seconds remaining, effectively negating Anaheim’s advantage.

Theodore, who has now won five consecutive starts, made 12 saves during the crucial third period to close the door. He last won five straight March 5-20, 2004, as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. During Theodore’s five-game winning streak, he has posted a 1.37 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage.

Brunette Continues Hot Streak
Brunette stretched his point streak to four games (2g/3a) with his assist on Wolski’s second-period tally. In his last eight games overall, the forward has totaled three goals and five assists. Tonight was Brunette’s 439th consecutive game, the longest active ironman streak in the league.

Meanwhile, Stastny recorded a point in his third straight contest. The second-year center has one goal and two assists during that span and has totaled six points (3g/3a) in seven games since returning from injury.

Avalanche On a Roll
The Avalanche won its fifth straight game on Thursday night and improved to 3-0 on its four-game homestand. It marks the club’s longest winning streak since also winning five-in-a-row from Feb. 27-March 7, 2007. The Avs will take to the road after hosting the Dallas Stars Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Center. With tonight’s victory, Colorado improved to 21-11-2 at home this season.

Forsberg Watch
Peter Forsberg did not record a point in his second game with the Avalanche, but continued to generate scoring chances for both himself and his teammates. Playing most of the game on a line with Milan Hejduk and Avalanche captain Joe Sakic, Forsberg recorded one shot on goal but helped Sakic (6) and Hejduk (3) combine for nine shots. The Avalanche is now 2-0 with Forsberg in the lineup.

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