Bits and Links

 

No news to anyone here, Kevin Shattenkirk is making Sacco's life hard.

Sacco said of Shattenkirk. "I like his overall game. Right now, he's certainly forcing my hand to keep him in the lineup, but that's what a player is supposed to do."

 

John-Michael Liles is still getting some deserved love.

John-Michael Liles -- With Colorado battling through injuries that have decimated its defense, Liles has stepped up offensively, scoring twice and adding 5 assists in four games last week while averaging well over 20 minutes per night.

[EDIT] Liles just got a little more deserved love. He was just named the NHL's 2nd star of the week.

A Recap of the game against the Dallas Stars

For a team completing its third game in four nights and its sixth in nine, its pretty remarkable that the Colorado Avalanche were able to pull out a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday night over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.

 

Another Recap with Shattenkirk getting some love.

Really liked Avs rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He had a couple of nice assists and handled himself well out there.

 

I don't know about you, but I love hearing about how much playing in the NHL, or Avs gear, means to these kids.

"I can’t even explain the emotions," Mauldin said after scoring his first goal in his first Avs game. "Ever since I was 6 years old and laced up the skates, I’ve dreamed of this day. Once I turned pro, this was something I’ve been hoping for and waiting for."

 

A short blurb on each NHL team.

Colorado Avalanche The Avs are hanging on despite missing No. 1 Craig Anderson; Milan Hejduk is reborn; and Chris Stewart, at age 23, is the league’s best pure power forward.

 

Awe, Kevin Porter was nervous about the shout out

"I was a little bit nervous going into it," Porter said. "I was just telling (Ryan) O'Reilly if I had to go, I'd be nervous, and then Coach tapped me. I just saw the opening and took a shot."

 

Some words about Pat Burns

Burns had somewhat of a gruff demeanor, perhaps coming from his background as a policeman in Quebec, but his players always knew he was fair. "He was tough, but he was fair," said former defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre, who played four seasons under Burns in the NHL and one in the minors, now a Colorado Avalanche assistant coach. "You always knew where you stand with him. When you were playing well, he was there to support you and when you weren’t playing well, you knew. You knew. But he was a great guy for the game, a great coach and I’m also grateful that I had him for so many years."

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