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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Colorado



(Thursday, November 1st)

Final Score: Colorado 3, Pittsburgh 2

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Ben Guite notched the go-ahead tally in Colorado's three-goal second period, while Jose Theodore made the lead stand up in the third, helping the Avalanche hold off the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, at the Pepsi Center.

John-Michael Liles and Wojtek Wolski also lit the lamp for the Avalanche, with Guite getting an assist on the game-tying goal. Colorado improved to 6-0 at home this season, tying the franchise record set in 1994-95, while the team was still in Quebec.

Theodore finished with 26 saves for the streaking Avs, who have won four straight games.

Sidney Crosby scored both goals for Pittsburgh, which has dropped three of its last four games.

After being held without a point in a season-opening loss to Carolina on October 5, Crosby has had at least one in all 11 games since then, totaling seven goals and 12 assists in a career-high point scoring streak.

"It goes a lot of different ways," said Crosby. "Sometimes you just get a lot of the chances and the bounces go our way. That's just the way hockey is."

Dany Sabourin stopped 30-of-33 shots in defeat, as the Pens fell to 1-8-1 versus Colorado in the last 10 games between the clubs, including 0-4 in Denver.

Pittsburgh completely dictated play in the first period, as Crosby notched a pair of goals, one at even strength and the other on the power play to carry the Penguins to a 2-0 lead.

The first came at 10:21, as Crosby accepted a feed from Sergei Gonchar, then had his centering pass deflect off an Avalanche defenseman and into the net.

Crosby then lit the lamp again on a 5-on-4 opportunity, wristing the puck from the slot past Theodore's glove with just under two minutes remaining in the stanza.

Colorado came storming back in the second period, however, stunning the Pens with three unanswered goals to take the lead.

Liles got things rolling when he banged in a rebound past Sabourin with the Avs skating on the power play, with 9:34 remaining in the period.

Colorado then tied it when Ian Laperriere came streaking through the slot and quickly directed a forward pass to Wolski, who tipped it off the right blocker of the netminder and watched the puck fall over the goal line at 11:07.

Guite completed the comeback when he lit the lamp on a wrap-around goal with 6:04 left in the period to put the Avalanche up 3-2. The tally came when the Pens were caught in the midst of a line change and couldn't get back in position in the defensive zone.

Theodore stopped 12 shots in the third period, but the biggest save of the night went to Laperriere, who stretched out on the ice and blocked Gonchar's slapshot with his chest with just eight seconds remaining in the contest.

"We seemed to wake up at some point and once we do it's going to be hard to stop us," said Wolski.

Game Notes

The Penguins announced Thursday they will induct Paul Coffey into their Hall of Fame prior to their home game against the New York Islanders on November 15...Pittsburgh center Maxime Talbot suffered a cut above his left eye in the second period. He received stitches but did not return to the game. Defenseman Ryan Whitney also left the ice with a groin injury in the second stanza and did not return...Colorado forward Ryan Smyth played in his 800th NHL game...Wolski has a career-high eight-game scoring streak, with four goals and five assists in that span...Evgeni Malkin assisted on Crosby's second goal and has three goals and seven assists in a five-game points streak.

11/02 00:06:09 ET

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