Avalanche 4, Coyotes 1
Feeling much better after a recent bout with swine flu,
Not that many were on hand to see it.
Playing in front of the smallest home crowd in Colorado
Despite their winning ways, the
A disappointment for a team that’s been playing so well?
“Our job is to go out and play hockey, our job is to provide entertainment for our fans and to make sure the games are exciting,”
Budaj was brilliant in goal, allowing only
That despite not playing in a game since the exhibition season.
The 27-year-old Budaj was scheduled to make his first start Oct. 23 against Carolina, but was scratched due to flu-like symptoms. It turned out to be swine flu, causing Budaj to miss four games.
He was growing quite anxious to get out there.
Even with the layoff, there wasn’t a hint of rust.
“I felt great and the communication was great,” Budaj said. “After a couple of saves you relax, you know you’ve been there … Get back to basics and not do anything crazy.”
With Budaj fully healthy,
“At times, we were a little slow but Budaj played unbelievable and kept us in,” Stastny said. “He’s the main reason we were up one goal going into the third.”
“It was a pretty lackluster effort on our part for the better part of two periods,” Jovanovski said.
Midway through the third period, the
“We’ve got to bury those chances,” Lombardi said. “Couldn’t make it happen.”
Down a goal with just over a minute remaining, the
Just 19 seconds later, Hejduk scored his second of the night.
Bryzgalov made 25 saves as the
That set a solid tone, especially with Budaj playing at the top of his game.
As for any talk of a goalie controversy, Sacco quickly quelled it.
“I go on a game-by-game basis and right now Craig’s done a good job for us,” Sacco said.