Avalanche 6, Canadiens 5, SO
The Colorado Avalanche found a way to extend their winning
streak to four games.
Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene scored on Colorado’s first two
attempts in the shootout and the Avalanche earned a 6-5 win over
Montreal on Saturday night.
Colorado has won 13 of its past 14 shootouts, including a 3-2
win in Columbus on Monday.
The Avalanche have gotten two points in 28 of their past 38
games that were not decided in regulation.
”We’re a pretty skilled team,” said center Paul Stastny, who
had a goal and an assist.
”Four-on-four we’re pretty confident. We’ve always had good
goaltending at breakaways and we can always count on at least one
goal out of three. In a game like this I think sometimes that’s
just what you want to take it into and go from there. It’s kind of
a coin toss, but we’re confident enough to think that we’ll be
favored if we go into a shootout.”
David Jones had two goals and an assist and Semyon Varlamov made
38 saves during the game for Colorado, which blew three one-goal
leads before Kyle Quincey scored with 4:03 left in regulation to
send the game to overtime.
Chuck Kobasew scored his first goal for the Avalanche, who have
won four in a row on the road since dropping their home opener,
including a 7-1 win in Ottawa on Thursday.
”That was a weird one,” Duchene said. ”It was kind of all
bundled up in the middle of the ice for most of the game, nothing
really happening, and then all of a sudden somebody would go down
and score. It was like every chance someone got it ended up in the
Brian Gionta and David Desharnais scored goals 20 seconds apart
in the third to give Montreal a 5-4 lead at 13:17.
Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Travis Moen also scored for
the Canadiens, who have lost three of four, including their home
opener against Calgary on Thursday.
”They’re a good young team and what they do well is they
pressure the puck all over the ice,” said Gionta, who also had two
assists. ”They’ve got back pressure, good forecheck, and you don’t
have the time to make the plays so you’ve got to make them quick.
When we did that we had success. When we didn’t, when we slowed
things down and lost that support, that’s when we got in
Carey Price, who stopped 24 shots, came up short in his second
straight bid for his 100th career win.
Gionta put a backhand past Varlamov to tie it 12:57 into the
third. Desharnais deflected Pacioretty’s pass into the right side
of the net for his first goal of the season at 13:17, bringing on a
roar from the sold-out Bell Centre crowd of 21,273.
”It was a roller coaster,” Price said. ”I thought the guys
played well and deserved better. It was a tough one for me tonight,
obviously, with five goals. I wish I would have played better but
at least we got a point out of it. We can move forward with that, I
Jones set up Kobasew’s first Colorado goal in the first before
scoring twice in the second.
Jones tied it at 2 on a power play 11:37 into the middle period
and scored his second goal of the period – his third of the season
– at 18:42 to give the Avalanche a 5-4 lead.
Jones erased the Canadiens’ 2-1 lead when he drove the left side
to take Erik Johnson’s pass and cut to the net to put a wrist shot
past Price with Pacioretty off for holding.
Stastny made it 3-2 with an unassisted effort 54 seconds later.
He got his first of the season on a breakaway, slipping a backhand
between Price’s pads after stripping the puck from P.K. Subban at
”I saw the puck was in my range and just made a quick poke at
it and went with it,” Stastny said.
Moen drew Montreal even at 3 with his second goal 15:51 into the
second. Moen took Gionta’s pass and drove the left side with
Colorado defenseman Shane O’Brien in pursuit to slip the puck past
Varlamov inside the left post.
Plekanec gave the Canadiens their first lead at 2-1 with a
power-play goal 1:35 into the second. The Czech center moved to the
deep slot where he drove a slap shot over Varlamov’s shoulder into
the top right corner for his second goal of the season.
NOTES: Stastny’s goal was the 106th of his career, moving him
into a three-way tie for sixth overall in Avalanche history with
Claude Lemieux and Valeri Kamensky. … Colorado C Kevin Porter
made his season debut as Peter Mueller missed his second straight
game because of an undisclosed injury. LW T.J. Galiardi was left
out of the lineup. … Price, drafted fifth overall by Montreal in
2005, is 99-78-25 in 210 regular season games since 2007-08,
including 202 starts.