NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Colorado
(Friday, January 5th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Tampa Bay 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Tyler Arnason scored the go-ahead goal on a redirection in the second period, and Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots in Colorado's 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who posted their second straight win following a three-game skid. Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic also scored for Colorado.
Vincent Lecavalier scored once and assisted on Tampa Bay's other goal, as the Lightning lost for the fourth time in six games. Marc Denis stopped 28 shots in defeat. Vinny Prospal had the other Tampa Bay goal.
Karlis Skrastins shot the puck from above the left circle, and Arnason, stationed in front, redirected it by Denis with 7:17 remaining in the second period for a 3-2 Colorado advantage.
Budaj stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period, and the Avalanche got some breathing room with 1:50 left when Stastny scored his 10th goal of the season. Andrew Brunette fed Stastny with a pass and he skated down the left side before coming in front for a backhand try, which was stopped. However, Stastny punched in his own rebound.
Sakic scored on the power play on a snap shot from the slot with 3:17 remaining in the first period.
The Lightning tied it on Prospal's tally at 1:45 of the second. Budaj made a save on a shot from the right circle, but Prospal got the rebound to the left of the net and scored past a sprawling and out-of-position goaltender.
Hejduk's 13th goal of the season boosted the Avalanche to a 2-1 edge less than two minutes later. Stastny got the puck at center ice and skated into the Tampa Bay zone before sending a centering pass to Hejduk for the goal.
Lecavalier scored on the power play on a blast from a sharp angle on the right side at the 4:30 mark to knot the contest again, before the Avs went ahead 3-2 going into the second intermission.
Skrastins has played in 473 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NHL and the second longest streak by a defenseman in NHL history. Tim Horton owns the record of 486 consecutive games for the Maple Leafs from 1961-68...Hejduk is two points shy of 500 for his career...Colorado and Tampa Bay hadn't played since the Lightning posted a 3-0 victory at the Pepsi Center on March 1, 2004. Tampa is just 1-4-1 (one tie) in its last six trips to Colorado.
01/05 23:55:11 ET