NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Columbus
(Wednesday, November 1st)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Columbus 3
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jose Theodore stopped 41 shots, including 19 in the final period, to lead the Avalanche to a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Five different players scored for Colorado, which won its second game in a row.
Columbus goaltender Pascal Leclaire had a tough night, letting in five goals on only 22 shots, most of them coming on odd-man rushes, as the Blue Jackets lost for the sixth time in seven contests.
"We beat ourselves tonight," said Columbus head coach Gerard Gallant. "We had probably our best offensive game of the season... but every time we made a mistake it ended up in the back of the net."
David Vyborny cut the Avalanche lead to 4-3 at 14:21 of the third period, but the celebration was short-lived in Columbus. Colorado's Brad Richardson picked Rick Nash's pocket and led a 3-on-1 rush that culminated with Richardson's fourth goal of the year, only 27 seconds after Vyborny's score.
"That was a big play," said Avalanche head coach Joel Quenneville. "They had just got the momentum, and then to get the lead right back by two - a timely goal for us for sure."
The Blue Jackets were unable to draw any closer, despite a flurry of shots in the third period.
The Blue Jackets were playing from behind for much of the game, as Colorado scored the first two and never looked back. Wojtek Wolski drew first blood for the Avalanche. Wolski and Paul Stastny broke away from the pack for a 2-on-1 opportunity, with Wolski putting the puck past Leclaire at 5:06 of the first period.
Brett McLean extended the Avalanche lead to 2-0 at 11:03 of the first period with his second goal of the year, with assists by Ian Laperriere and Tyler Arnason.
Sergei Fedorov answered quickly for the Blue Jackets, cutting the Avalanche lead in half 15 seconds later with his first score of the year.
Joe Sakic restored the two-goal lead for the Avalanche, taking the pass from Andrew Brunette, who was planted behind the Columbus net, and ripping home his sixth goal of the season on the power play.
Mark Rycroft padded the Avalanche lead to 4-1 at 15:18 of the second period.
The Blue Jackets broke through their power play doldrums at 18:50 of the second period. Fredrik Modin took a pass from Nikolai Zherdev and spun around in front of the net, backhanding the puck past Theodore for his third score of the year. The goal, which cut the Avalanche lead to 4-2, was the first Blue Jacket conversion in 21 power play opportunities.
The Blue Jackets are 1-18-2 all-time against Colorado, having never beaten the Avalanche in regulation...Modin's power play goal in the second period was Columbus' first power play score at home this year, ending an 0-for-25 streak... As of October 31, the Avalanche had two of the five top-scoring rookies in the NHL, Stastny is tied for second with 10 points, Wolski is tied for fifth with eight points.
11/01 22:31:19 ET