Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Colorado Avalanche

This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Dec. 17

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche will continue its four-game road swing with contests this week at Tampa Bay (Dec. 18) and Florida (Dec. 21). The squad topped Detroit by a 3-2 count on Monday to open the trip before falling to Philadelphia, 5-2, on Tuesday.


After the road swing, the Avs will return home to play one more game before the holiday break, hosting the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center on Tuesday (Dec. 23). The game will mark the opening of a three-game homestand for the Avalanche.

Don’t miss your chance to see Kyle Turris, Peter Mueller and the rest of the Coyotes as they make their first of two trips to Denver this season.


UPCOMING GAMES
Date Opponent Time (MT) TV/Radio
Thur, Dec. 18 at Tampa Bay 5:30 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510
Sun, Dec. 21 at Florida 3:00 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510
Tues, Dec. 23 PHOENIX 7:00 p.m. Altitude 2 / 101.5 FM


FOOTE BECOMES FRANCHISE LEADER IN ASSISTS BY DEFENSEMAN
Adam Foote became the franchise leader in career assists by a defenseman by tallying his 182nd assist on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. He broke the mark held by Sandis Ozolinsh, who notched 181 assists with Colorado from 1995-2000. Foote has totaled 237 points with the Nordiques/Avalanche, the second most by a defenseman in club history behind Ozolinsh’s 253.

Read more about Foote’s accomplishment here


LEOPOLD SCORES ON PENALTY SHOT
Less than two minutes into the third period of Colorado’s match-up against Detroit on Monday night, Red Wings defenseman Brett Lebda covered the puck in his team’s crease, leading to a penalty shot.

Per the NHL Rulebook, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato was able to tab one of his five skaters currently on the ice to take the attempt. His selection? Defenseman Jordan Leopold, who claimed afterward that he had not taken a penalty shot in a game since he was 17 years old. Nonetheless, the blueliner looked like
a seasoned penalty-shot pro, putting a backhander past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood for what proved to be the eventual game-winner.

It was the first penalty shot goal by an NHL defenseman since Carolina’s Frantisek Kaberle scored on Jan. 13, 2006 vs. Nashville. In franchise history, it was the first time a blueliner had scored on a penalty shot since Alexei Gusarov on March 10, 1993 vs. Buffalo.

Click here to watch Leopold’s goal


PROTECTING A LEAD
The Avalanche is 11-0-0 when leading after two periods this season. The only other teams to win every game when leading after two periods are Anaheim (12-0-0) and Atlanta (7-0-0). The Avalanche has actually won its last 19 games when carrying a lead into the third period, the longest active streak in the league.


HE SAID IT…
“I don’t know…hockey is hockey. Everyone wants to debate that subject. Every team plays a similar system with a few tweaks and it’s all up to the players after that. You still have to play the game and go out there and win it.”

- Darcy Tucker, on if there is a difference in the styles of play between Eastern and Western Conferences teams


AVS VISIT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The Colorado Avalanche brought smiles and holiday cheer to some very special children when the team made its annual holiday visit to The Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 11. Every December, the players and coaches visit the young patients at The Children’s Hospital in an effort to lift their spirits during the holiday season.

The players and coaches visited patient rooms, distributed Avalanche toys, signed autographs, took pictures with the children and their families and, most importantly, talked with the kids to help brighten their day.

Click here to watch a video of the Avalanche spreading holiday cheer and here to view a photo gallery from the event


ASK AN AV: CODY McLEOD
You sent in the questions and Cody McLeod provided the answers. Read what the Avalanche forward had to say in the latest edition of “Ask an Av”.


SHOP WITH A JOCK
On December 13th, twenty children from the Children’s Diabetes Foundation received a special treat when they joined the Avalanche for some holiday shopping. Avalanche players Andrew Raycroft, Darcy Tucker and Ben Guite were on hand to help spread some holiday cheer at the Shop with a Jock event at the Dick’s Sporting Goods store at CornerStar Shopping Center.

Click here for the full story and a photo gallery of the event


Gaunce

GAUNCE NAMED OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK; MONSTERS WIN THREE
Mississauga defenseman Cameron Gaunce earned OHL Player of the Week honors and the Lake Erie Monsters won three games within a five-day span. See what the rest of Colorado's prospects have been up to in this week's Farm Report.

Avalanche TV also rolled out its
latest edition of "Ask the Prospects." This time around, we inquired as to why Colorado's prospects chose their jersey numbers.


AVALANCHE HOLIDAY GIFT BACK
Buy the Avalanche Holiday Gift Pack and get the chance to see not only four great games, but also obtain a FREE authentic Paul Stastny signed puck, FREE Avalanche Team Flag
and Avalanche Playoff Ticket Priority

View More