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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at New Jersey



(Friday, December 9th)

Final Score: Colorado 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Andrew Brunette netted a pair of goals and Antti Laaksonen scored in the shootout to lift the Colorado Avalanche past the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Joe Sakic also scored in regulation for the Avalanche, who have won five of their last seven games. Pierre Turgeon and Marek Svatos each added two assists in the win.

Turgeon's first assist gave him 1,300 career points, becoming the 27th player in NHL history to reach that mark

Vitaly Kolesnik made 28 saves in only his second career game for Colorado.

Scott Gomez had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who have lost their last three games. Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta also scored for New Jersey and Martin Brodeur stopped 22-of-25 shots faced in the loss.

"It's a great point to get being down 3-0 to a team like that," Pandolfo said. "We have to be happy with coming back and getting a point."

Both goalies were brilliant during the shootout as it took seven skaters on each side to decide this one.

In round seven, Laaksonen skated in and froze Brodeur with a fake, then went glove side with a backhand for the tally. Jamie Langenbrunner was then up for the Devils to keep the shootout going, but was stopped by Kolesnik.

"In a shootout, you have to skate hard because it is tough for the goalie," said Laaksonen. "I was going to go backhand the whole time."

Colorado jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period.

Late on a power play, Brunette held possession deep in the zone to the right of the net. He then drove towards the goal and his initial shot was stopped by Brodeur. However, the rebound sat on the doorstep and Brunette was able to swat the puck past Brodeur 3:31 into the opening period.

Sakic's 12th goal of the season then staked Colorado to a 2-0 edge. Turgeon tried a centering feed from deep in the zone that was blocked, but the disc then found its way to Sakic, who smacked the puck in from the slot.

Brunette's second goal of the game also came on the power play in the opening stanza. Turgeon ripped a shot from the right that was initially stopped by Brodeur. However, Brunette slapped the quick rebound in from the slot with 1:19 remaining before Brodeur could get repositioned.

New Jersey then stormed back to force an overtime.

The Devils got on the board 5:49 into the second period after Colin White took control behind his own net and sent a pass up the ice to Alexander Mogilny, who then sent a quick pass to Pandolfo. The winger then skated in and his shot beat Kolesnik glove side.

New Jersey cut the deficit to 3-2 less then 1 1/2 minutes later on the power play. Gomez skated into the offensive zone and dumped the disc in around the boards. However, as Kolesnik went behind the net to play the puck, the disc took a strange hop and skipped out in front of the net. Gionta was there and he slammed the puck into the wide open net at the 7:12 mark.

New Jersey also had a four-minute power play in the frame, but they could not convert.

"We were in the box for 12 of the 20 minutes in the second that doesn't help," said Colorado forward Ian Laperriere. "You overplay guys like me and you underplay offensive guys."

However, the Devils would net the equalizer with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third after Richard Matvichuk's shot from the point was nicely redirected by Gomez in the right circle past Kolesnik's stick side.

Game Notes

Colorado has 44 first-period goals and improved to 13-5-2 when scoring first...Sakic now has an eight-game point streak, scoring six goals with six assists during the streak...New Jersey, which was 1-for-4 on the man advantage, is 2-37 in its last six games on the power play...Colorado improved to 1-3 in shootouts while the Devils fell to 2-2...The Avs ended 2-for-3 on the power play.

12/09 23:58:06 ET


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