NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Colorado
(Saturday, October 13th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Columbus 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic notched his 15th career hat trick, as the Colorado Avalanche pounded the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-1, at the Pepsi Center.
"We want to be a pressure team," Sakic said. "We want to keep creating turnovers. Our team has a lot of guys that can score. We all played well defensively. That gave us opportunities."
Milan Hejduk scored twice for the Avalanche, who have won two of three. Andrew Burnette and Wojtek Wolski both notched a pair of assists. Peter Budaj blocked 24 shots for the win.
Rotislav Klesla scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost two of three. Pascal Leclaire had previously posted a pair of consecutive shutouts, but had the streak snapped after stopping just 21-of-26 shots in defeat.
"We knew they were going to do that," Leclaire said. "He is one of the best at doing that. He created a lot of traffic, and makes it difficult to stop. It was a team thing. I was just a part of it. The guys were blocking shots, and that just made my job easier."
Colorado got on the board when Brunette had a back-hand wraparound shot from behind the net, and the puck deflected off Sakic's shoulder into the net 6:07 into the first.
Columbus tied it at 1:24 of the second period when Klesla wristed a shot form the right point that deflected off a defenseman's skate and through the five- hole.
The Avs regained the lead 3:56 into the second when Hejduk scored on the power play off a scramble to the left side of the net.
9:34 into the second, Hejduk took the puck down the right side and fired a wrister from the right circle for his second straight score.
Sakic scored again 1:21 into the third on a wrister from the inside edge of the right circle, and at 10:38 of the third, he took a cross-ice pass from Wolski and put it in the open net.
Leclaire was in net for the Blue Jackets' 4-0 win over Anaheim on October 5, stopping all 28 shots faced, and did it again on Wednesday versus Phoenix...The Avs have won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Blue Jackets, and are 22-2 with a tie all-time versus the club. In that span, Colorado is outscoring them 98-35.
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