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Game 44: Avalanche 5, Hurricanes 4

photo courtesy of Karl DeBlaker/AP

Marek Svatos, for lack of a better term, is on freakin' fire.  He has finally started living up to his nickname "The Svats Machine," scoring six goals in his last five games (nine in his last ten), including two last night that led the Colorado Avalanche to win 5-4 over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Down 4-2 at the start of the third period, Svatos capped a brilliant late-game charge by scoring twice in the last seven minutes of the game.  Cody McLeod scored early in the final frame to begin the comeback.

Jose Theodore didn't have nearly as good a game in net as his last few, but, as it was pointed out in the game thread, maybe he realized that the Avs just don't win games in which he only allows one or two goals.  And, despite allowing four goals, he still stopped thirty shots.  No telling when his next complete meltdown will be, but for now it's good to see him get a win.

Also noteworthy from the game last night, Paul Stastny scored a goal and an assist, and linemate Milan Hejduk netted one, too.  Tyler Arnason's two assists were both on Svatos goals in the third period, so maybe Coach Q will leave a line combination alone for a while and let those guys play together more often.

One more interesting point to note, Scott Parker actually got to play, but he spent more time in the penalty box than on the ice.  His 2:57 was spent hunting down and fighting Hurricanes rookie Tim Conboy, an aspiring enforcer who actually held his own against The Sheriff.  Three on the ice, five in the box---just a regular work day for Parker.

The Avalanche continue their ongoing road trip by facing the Florida Panthers this afternoon in Miami, another dreadful Southeast Conference team.  It's really amazing to compare the competitiveness and success of the Avs' Northwest (four teams with 49 points or more) to the lousiness of the Southeast (no teams with 49 points or more).  Hopefully Colorado can keep their scoring spark going.

Stars of the Game:

  1. Marek Svatos (2g, 0a)
  1. Paul Stastny (1g, 1a)
  1. Kevin Aucoin (1g, 1a)