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
"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.
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