NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Colorado
(Saturday, January 7th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Columbus 2 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Alex Tanguay had a goal in regulation and netted the game-winner in the shootout portion to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over Columbus at the Pepsi Center.
Marek Svatos had a power-play goal in the first period and another in the shootout for the Avalanche, which matched a season-best streak with their fourth win in a row. Patrice Brisebois collected two assists in the triumph.
"Now we've got some momentum," remarked Colorado head coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought we played well. We found a way to persevere and we got rewarded at the end."
Rick Nash and Sergei Federov both scored for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 0-9 all-time in Denver despite a sparkling performance in goal by Pascal Leclaire. The netminder finished with 46 saves in defeat.
Columbus' Jaroslav Balastik opened the shootout with a rocket over David Aebischer's left shoulder, but Svatos beat Leclaire stick-side to even things up.
Both teams missed on their next two opportunities before Nikolai Zherdev had the puck roll off his stick on the Jackets' next attempt. Tanguay then skated in and whipped the puck through Leclaire's legs to end the contest.
"I knew (Leclaire) moved his legs from side to side, so I knew I had to push him away and go in the five-hole," said Tanguay.
Colorado jumped out to a comfortable early lead with a pair of power-play tallies late in the first period.
With Columbus' Jody Shelley in the box for slashing, Brisebois launched a shot from the left side that was saved by Leclaire. Milan Hejduk's rebound attempt was then blocked in front, but the puck trickled to Tanguay and the star forward knocked it home for a 1-0 lead with 4:24 left in the opening session.
A minute after Tanguay's goal, the Blue Jackets took another penalty and the Avs again cashed in with the man advantage. Brett McLean sent a pinpoint pass across the crease to an awaiting Svatos, who easily pushed the puck past Leclaire with 1:41 to go in the period.
Fedorov poked in a rebound of a Zherdev shot midway through the second to pull the Blue Jackets within 2-1, and Leclaire kept it a one-goal game by making 12 saves during the period.
Leclaire continued to be stellar in the third stanza, and Nash blasted a wrister off a Zherdev feed at the 7:19 mark to tie the game at 2-2.
Neither team could find the net in the five-minute overtime, although both had chances. Hejduk one-timed a Columbus giveaway wide of the net early on, and Nash was stoned on a breakaway by Aebischer seconds later.
"He made huge saves at a very critical time," said Quenneville of Aebischer, who stopped 19 shots in the victory.
McLean also got free in the closing seconds, but was hooked by Duvie Westcott and was stopped by Leclaire.
Colorado improved to 16-1-1 (one loss, one tie) in 18 lifetime meetings with Columbus...The Blue Jackets are 0-3 on their current four-game road trip and fell to 4-16-2 away from home this year...Nash assisted on Fedorov's goal while Zherdev finished with a pair of helpers for the Jackets.
01/07 22:12:29 ET