Jose Theodore stopped all 21 shots he faced to lead Team Burgundy to a 4-3 victory over Team White in the Avalanche's annual Burgundy/White Game for charity at the University of Denver's Magness Arena on Monday night.
Former DU Pioneer Antti Laaksonen scored a shorthanded wrap-around goal with 6:20 left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and give the Burgundy squad a 3-2 lead. Ken Klee increased that lead to 4-2 on a goal from Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic at 15:17 and Tyler Arnason rounded out the scoring by putting one home for the White team as time expired.
Theodore played the first 30 minutes on Monday and looked flawless, making a number of key saves. He stopped a great chance by Brett McLean early in the second and another on No. 1 draft pick Chris Stewart on a mini-breakaway at 10:43 of the second period.
Brad Richardson opened the scoring at 17:28 of the first period, as he backhanded a rebound past Peter Budaj on a 2-on-1 with Brad May to make it 1-0 for Team Burgundy. The goal came with John Laliberte off for hooking at 15:58.
Burgundy struck again at 8:25 of the second period, as Cody McCormick buried a perfect pass from Wojtek Wolski to make it 2-0.
Team White got on the board at 11:41 of the second, when Andrew Brunette's crossing pass went off the stick of Burgundy defenseman Brandon Roach and into the net to pull within one at 2-1.
White tied the game on a bad-angle shot by Victor Oreskovich that squeezed through the legs of Kris Mayotte at 8:54 of the third.
Former Denver All-American Paul Stastny had one assist in his first game back on the Magness Arena ice.
Following the game, the Avs held a 3-on-3 shootout that also ended in the Burgundy's favor. The shootout score was tied 1-1 after three shots apiece, so each team used another skater. Milan Hejduk scored on his opportunity and Mayotte stopped Arnason to end the contest.
The Avalanche will host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. Faceoff is 7:00 p.m.