NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Colorado|
(Friday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Colorado 2, Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Matt Duchene scored the game winner in overtime
to lift the Colorado Avalanche over the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, at Pepsi
Ryan O'Reilly netted the other goal for the Avalanche, who won at home for the
eighth straight time to set the franchise's longest win streak since the team
moved from Quebec City to Denver.
"We were aware of the streak, coach told us about it before the game," Duchene
said. "We're very appreciative, accounting for all the great teams that have
been here before."
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves, including four in the extra period, for
the win, Colorado's fifth in six games with all six contests being decided by
Pavel Kubina tallied the lone goal for the Lightning while Mathieu Garon
stopped 27 shots in Tampa Bay's fourth loss in six games.
The game-deciding goal came 3:38 into overtime after Duchene picked up a drop
pass at the blue line and cruised down the left side of the offensive zone. As
Duchene reached the corner, he threw the puck towards the net, where Garon had
his legs spread a little too far apart and the puck caromed off his left foot
and through his legs.
"He shot it off my pad about six inches from the post. I thought I had it,"
said Garon. "We're lucky to get the point tonight."
Tampa Bay struck first with just 1:51 left in the opening period when Kubina
received a pass at the top of the right circle and swept a shot towards the
net that snuck through the pads of Giguere.
But Colorado netted the equalizer at the midpoint of the second period with a
Shane O'Brien shot from the right point that Garon thought he had in his
equipment, but O'Reilly was there to grab the loose puck and backhand it into
The Avalanche seemed to have scored the game winner with 47.9 seconds left in
regulation, but the whistle had been blown by the referee before the puck
crossed the line as Kubina was on the ground because of a high stick.
No penalty was called on the play, though, despite blood trickling down the
right eye of Kubina, denying Tampa Bay a possible four-minute power play.
Colorado's franchise record for consecutive home wins is 10 by the Quebec
Nordiques in 1983-84 and 1994-95...O'Brien's assist stretched his points
streak to a career-high four straight games (0G, 4A)...Colorado closed out a
four-game homestand with a 4-0 record, improving to 12-9-0 as the host this
season...Tampa Bay fell to 6-12-3 on the road this year.
12/24 00:08:53 ET