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
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
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
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.
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