NHL Game Summary - Boston at Colorado
(Wednesday, December 7th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Boston 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Vitaly Kolesnik made 20 saves in his NHL debut as the Colorado Avalanche cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Pepsi Center.
Alex Tanguay tallied a goal and added two assists for the Avalanche, who won for the first time in three games. Tanguay now has five points in his last five games. Joe Sakic picked up two assists in the win.
Marco Sturm scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who have dropped two of their last four games. Andrew Raycroft allowed four goals on 27 shots in defeat.
"We still have fifty some games to go," said Raycroft. "But every time we lose, our chances get less and less."
Kolesnik was solid in net for the Avs and only had to make 10 saves in the final two periods, as Colorado limited the Bruins to four shots in the second and six in the third.
The Avalanche opened the scoring with 8:12 remaining in the opening period on a power-play goal. Sakic shot a wrister from the slot that slipped behind Raycroft. Milan Hejduk was stationed at the right side of the net where he easily swept the loose puck home for the 1-0 lead.
With exactly 27 seconds remaining in the first period, Boston netted the equalizer. Brad Boyes chipped the puck from his own end that sent Sturm in all alone on Kolesnik. His initial shot from in close was stopped, but he was able to flip the rebound past the goaltender.
Tanguay gave Colorado a 2-1 edge, netting his 11th goal of the season. Tanguay stole an outlet pass from Brian Leetch down low, skated towards Raycroft, and roofed the puck at the nine-minute mark of the second stanza.
"When you go up against a skilled guy (Leetch) like that, I just ran in front, got my stick down and hoped for the best," said Tanguay.
The Avalanche went up 3-1 after Brett McLean scored with 6:52 remaining in the second. McLean skated from the left boards to the middle of the Boston zone and spun around before sending a wrist shot on net that found its way past a sea of players and Raycroft for the goal.
With 12:48 remaining in the final period and the Avs on the power play, John- Michael Liles gave Colorado a three-goal lead with his seventh goal of the season. Sakic controlled the puck in the right corner and feathered a pass to Liles, who snuck behind the defense from his left point position and one-timed the disc past Raycroft.
Colorado improved to 8-4-3 on home ice...The Bruins dropped to 5-9-4 on the road...McLean's goal was his second of the season and first in 25 games...Tanguay has 21 assists on the season...The Avs were 2-of-5 on the power play while the Bruins went scoreless in four chances.
12/08 00:00:16 ET