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Colorado Avalanche Enjoying Success

 

The Colorado Avalanche in the midst of making a run at the playoffs are enjoying the ride. Colorado has the 2 nd best road record in the NHL and they showed just as much dominance this week. They won both against the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Colorado is now in the mix for one of the top playoff seeds in the Western Conference.

Tyson Barrie scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in the third period. The Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win. Ryan O Reily and Maxime Talbot also scored for the Avalanche. O'Reilly has really stepped it up with three goals and three assists in his last four games. Paul Stastny completed the scoring with an empty-netter with 32.6 seconds left.

The Avalanche beat former rival Detroit Red Wings. Since 1996 the match up provided entertainment whether it was a brawl or a crazy scoring game. Goal tender Jean Sebastian Gigure made 35 saves for Colorado, who won four straight. Colorados Matt Duchene started the scoring with a goal. P.A Parenteau made it 2-2 in the third. Andre Benoit had the overtime goal with 40 seconds left in the OT period.

The Avalanche lost a to St. Louis Blues in tough down to the wire game. Colorado lost 2-1.The only goal for Colorado was by P.A Parenteau. Blues goal tender Ryan Miller was fantastic blocking every scoring chance for the Avalanche.

Nathan MacKinnon now has a point in 13 straight games, the most by an 18-year-old NHL player. That surpassed Gretzky's mark of 12 in 1979-80. MacKinnon is a virtual lock for the rookie of the year award, considering he’s leading all rookies in points (51), goals (22), assists (29) and shots (184). Colorado reached the 40-victory mark faster than any team in franchise history. The team also improved to 3-1 against the Blackhawks this season.

 

Elizabeth Lovato

Colorado Avalanche Correspondent

 

 

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