Anaheim at Colorado

Avalanche get past Ducks with Wolski's goal, Theodore's shutout

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DENVER -- Jose Theodore's confidence never faltered.

Even when he was struggling earlier in the season, and sharing the net with Peter Budaj, he knew he would get back to his MVP form.

Now, he's showing it. Theodore stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season, Wojtek Wolski scored and the Colorado Avalanche won their fifth straight, beating the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 on Thursday night.

"I've always believed I could be one of the top goalies in this league," said Theodore, the 2001-02 Hart Trophy winner. "I put a lot of pressure on myself. So far, things are going well."

Theodore has been in net for all five victories, giving him his longest winning streak since March 2004 when he was with the Montreal Canadiens. It was also Theodore's 25th career shutout.

"I don't want to get carried away," said Theodore, who had his other shutout this season Jan. 15 at Tampa Bay. "We've got to really turn the page quick and focus. We haven't achieved nothing yet. We're still in a tight race."

The Avalanche are making that race even tighter. They're now a point behind Minnesota and Calgary in the Northwest Division.

The Ducks have quickly gone from rolling to reeling. They have now been shut out in back-to-back games, losing 3-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks the night before. Anaheim had won six straight before its slide.

"You don't feel good when you lose," said Jonas Hiller, who was spelling Jean-Sebastien Giguere and made 29 saves. "It's tough to win when you don't score goals."

This might not help their cause. Corey Perry, the Ducks' top goals scorer, was carted out of the arena on a gurney after the game with a laceration above his knee.

"They took him to the hospital to get stitches," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

Carlyle still isn't sure how the injury to Perry happened, other than he skated to the bench with a cut after a collision near the Avalanche goal midway through the third period.

"He had a slit in his socks," Carlyle said. "I never saw it."

The Avalanche are 5-0 since signing Peter Forsberg and acquiring defensemen Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei just before the trade deadline.

Colorado also keeps rolling along in March, winning its third straight. Last season, the Avalanche went 11-1-2 in March, tying the franchise record for victories in a single month, but narrowly missing a playoff spot.

"I thought we played well across the board," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said.

If ever a forward needed a goal, it was Wolski, who hadn't scored in 15 games. The Avalanche even tried benching Wolski to shake him from his funk.

Wolski scored his 15th goal of the season after taking a pinpoint pass from Andrew Brunette on the wing and directing it through the pads of Hiller midway through the second period.

"It's nice to see him get that monkey off his back," Quenneville said.

The Ducks had a chance to get on the board early in the game when Perry had a breakaway on Theodore, who stuffed the shot when Perry tried to backhand it past him.

It was just that kind of night for Anaheim.

"We have played six periods and haven't scored a goal," Carlyle said. "You can't continually accept that. (Theodore) made some big stops. He was counted on."

Theodore said the explanation behind his recent success is simple -- consistency. He's also seeing the puck well.

"I've just got to keep doing the same thing over and over," Theodore said. "The guys are playing well in front of me."

Notes

  • Colorado D Jeff Finger was back in the lineup after missing six games with a hand injury.
  • Anaheim finishes the season series against Colorado having won three of four. All four games were decided by a goal.
  • Forsberg had one shot in nearly 22 minutes of ice time in his second game back. He also set up quite a few scoring chances.
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Despite Rob Niedermayer's best effort, Jose Theodore keeps Anaheim off the scoreboard.  (AP)
Despite Rob Niedermayer's best effort, Jose Theodore keeps Anaheim off the scoreboard. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Anaheim (38-24-7)0000
Colorado  (36-26-6) «0101
Three Stars
J. Theodore
COL


Saves: 27
Save Pct.: 1.000
W. Wolski
COL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Hiller
ANA


Saves: 29
Save Pct.: .967
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
11:59Wojtek Wolski (15), Tip-In. Assist: Andrew Brunette, Paul Stastny
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:16Kunitz, 2 min, Hooking
10:30Perry, 2 min, Slashing
15:12Pronger, 2 min, Hooking
15:12Pronger, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
2ND PERIOD
01:10Hannan, 2 min, Holding
04:50Salei, 2 min, Hooking
06:05Kunitz, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
41.0Salei, 2 min, Hooking
19:44Kunitz, 2 min, Holding the Stick
19:44Kunitz, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
Anaheim871227
Colorado1211730
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jonas Hiller58:56291
Jose Theodore60:00270
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Anaheim0-for-0
Colorado0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 18007
Referees - Ian Walsh, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Pierre Racicot
 
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NYI 1
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Van 6