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Jones nets pair as Avalanche edge Flyers

by Rick Sadowski /
DENVERDavid Jones is enjoying a breakout season, and he helped the Colorado Avalanche break a two-game losing streak Monday night.

But the 25-year-old right wing couldn't have known that his second-period goal, which gave the Avalanche a 5-2 advantage, would turn out to be his third game-winner of the season in a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Pepsi Center.

"They just kept fighting," said Jones, who has scored four times in a three-game goal-scoring streak and already has set a career-high for goals in a season with 10. "They're a good team and they have a lot of offensive firepower. It was just nice that we got enough goals to pull out the two points."

The Flyers outshot the Avalanche 19-4 in the third period and nearly came all the way back on goals from Danny Briere (2 goals, 2 assists) and Jeff Carter, who scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 4:39 remaining.

"It's definitely something that we have to look at," Jones said. "Sometimes maybe we try to play a little too defensive when we're up by a couple of goals and we don't apply as much pressure on them and they have too much time to make plays. Maybe that happened a little bit tonight."

The Avalanche have allowed nine third-period goals in the past three games. Colorado squandered two-goal leads in its previous two contests, road losses in Edmonton and Vancouver.

"I guess two-goal leads aren't safe around here, but three-goal leads are," said Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson, who made 17 of his 30 saves in the third period. "Obviously, we've got to address some things. We've been giving up a lot of goals in the third period lately. We have to fix that. We have to figure out some reasons why they're scoring so much."

The Northwest Division-leading Avalanche had gone 1-4-1 in their previous six games and had lost two in a row at home after winning their first six on home ice.

The Flyers have lost three in a row and have one game remaining on a five-game road trip, Wednesday against the New York Islanders.

Jones and Paul Stastny, who had a goal and two assists, staked the Avalanche to a 2-0 lead before the game was six minutes old.

Jones knocked a deflected puck behind goalie Ray Emery at 1:01 and Stastny scored his first goal in 13 games at 5:32 with a long shot that sailed by Emery's glove. Stastny, who has collected all five of his goals this season at home, previously scored Oct. 24 against Detroit.

The Flyers pulled within 2-1 with 33.5 seconds remaining in the period on a goal by Briere, and Carter scored the tying goal from the slot 29 seconds into the second period.

"Once we tied it up 2-2, we needed to take over the game and for whatever reason we didn't," Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. "It was gut-check time and we need to answer the bell."

"They just kept fighting.  They're a good team and they have a lot of offensive firepower. It was just nice that we got enough goals to pull out the two points." -- David Jones

Instead, the Avalanche connected for three consecutive goals to build a 5-2 lead.

Cody McLeod scored at 6:03 and the Avalanche closed out the period with goals from Scott Hannan and Jones. Hannan whistled a wrist shot by Emery's glove at 9:06 for a 4-2 lead. He took a hit while scoring and left the game with a neck injury that will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Emery, who allowed four goals on 17 shots, was replaced by Brian Boucher, who was beaten on a wraparound by Jones at 15:16 but otherwise played well.
"I felt all right out there," Emery said. "I have to make saves, but it was kind of a funny game. Obviously, the pucks are going into the net and I need to do better. We got back into it with a couple of goals and I think they turned it up a little bit in the second."

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco acknowledged he isn't happy about his team's sudden penchant for giving up leads.

"It's not a concern, but it's something we'll talk about," he said. "We've just got to address the situation and be better. But that's a big win; it's two points. It's a good team that we played tonight. You knew they just weren't going to go away. But there's times in that game when we have to get one more and make it 6-2."

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