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NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Colorado



(Tuesday, February 13th)

Final Score: Colorado 2, Anaheim 0

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peter Budaj stopped 39 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Colorado Avalanche topped the Anaheim Ducks, 2-0, at Pepsi Center.

Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, while Paul Stastny also lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who won for just the second time in six games.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves for the Ducks, who have lost four of their last five games, and were blanked for the third time in their last five games.

"When your team gets in these type of situations, simplification is the key," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "We gotta get traffic in front of the net and create scoring situations. I was really disappointed in our reactions in the third."

The struggling Hejduk picked up his 18th goal of the season with 2:18 to play in the first. With the Avs on the power play, Hejduk gathered a pass from Andrew Brunette, took one stride into the left circle, and blasted a shot through Giguere's pads.

Stastny provided insurance for a 2-0 Colorado lead with 1:12 remaining in the second, as he followed up Hejduk's miss from the top of the left circle with an easy tap-in as the puck slipped through Giguere.

Budaj was perfect in the third as the Ducks sent 14 shots his way, turning aside each chance with ease as the visitors failed to create any traffic in front of the Avs netminder.

"It's a big win," Budaj said. "We played well right from the beginning tonight. This feels good to win and we can get some momentum with this. Our penalty kill was awesome although they had a ton of shots to deal with. We can't get too high, we can't forget what has happened before. We got to carry this one into our next game in Calgary."

Game Notes

The Avs have won six of the last seven matchups, and all three meetings this season...Colorado holds a 27-13-7 advantage over Anaheim since moving from Quebec in 1995...The Ducks outshot the Avalanche 15-4 in the second period... The Ducks had three bench minors whistled against them -- two for too-many- men, and one for abuse of officials...Avs captain Joe Sakic picked up an assist to extend his point streak to five games, but is stuck on 598 career goals...Anaheim went scoreless in five power-play chances, and Colorado scored once in five opportunities.

02/14 00:06:21 ET


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