Overtime and home cooking added up to an early Christmas present
for the Colorado Avalanche.
Matt Duchene scored late in overtime and Jean-Sebastien Giguere
stopped 29 shots to lead the Avalanche over the Tampa Bay Lightning
2-1 on Friday night.
Ryan O’Reilly also scored for Colorado, which has won a
team-record eight straight home games. The Avalanche are 9-1 in
games that go beyond regulation, including 3-1 in overtime.
”I don’t think anybody would have thought that this would
happen,” Giguere said of the home winning streak. ”This is a
building that should be hard for opposing teams to play in and we
have done it as of late.”
Mathieu Garon had 27 saves and Pavel Kubina scored for Tampa
Bay. The Lightning are 9-1-3 in overtime and shootouts this
”We battled hard. We got a point but we wanted two,” Garon
Duchene got the winner when he sent a shot off Garon’s left pad
from the left side with 1:22 left in the extra session for his
team-leading 12th goal of the season.
”I tried to fire one quick five-hole,” Duchene said. ”I think
he thought that I was past the net when I fired it. I don’t think
it was on the right angle but I just threw it and it found its way
in. A bit of luck there.”
TJ Galiardi nearly won it late in regulation when he had a
short-handed breakaway chance with 1:51 left, but Garon made the
save. O’Reilly had a goal waved off with 48 seconds left because he
knocked it in with his glove.
Paul Stastny hit the right post with 3:02 left in overtime.
Kubina gave Tampa Bay the lead when he scored his second goal of
the season with 1:51 left in the first. Kubina picked up a pass
from Lecavalier, used Colorado’s David Van Der Gulik as a screen
and wristed a shot through Giguere to make it 1-0.
”We got tons of scoring opportunities and we only got one in,”
Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. ”Sometimes it has a tendency to
come back and haunt you.”
It did when Colorado tied it midway through the second period.
O’Brien took a shot from the point that Garon saved but O’Reilly
snagged the rebound and flipped it into the net for his eighth goal
of the season.
”That goal was the turning point,” Colorado coach Joe Sacco
Garon was back in net after being pulled when he allowed three
goals in 6:21 against San Jose on Wednesday. He wasn’t tested much
early with Tampa Bay dominating play at the start. The Lightning
outshot Colorado 14-5 in the first and Garon’s only test came when
he made two saves on the Avalanche’s first power play.
The Lightning have struggled on the power play on the road this
season and were 0 for 3 Friday. In their last 10 road games, they
are 3 for 33 with the man advantage.
”We’re losing our games because we can’t get that power-play
goal,” Boucher said. ”The power play on the road has been
Notes: The Avalanche are 13-5-1 in one-goal games. Their 13 wins
ties New Jersey for the league lead. … Colorado rookie Brad
Malone is cousins with Lightning LW Ryan Malone. … The
Avalanche/Nordiques franchise has won eight straight home games
twice previously, in the 1983-84 and `94-95 seasons when the
franchise was in Quebec. … Lightning RW James Wyman played in his
first NHL game since Nov. 28, 2009, when he was with Montreal.