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Avs finish five-game road trip unbeaten with OT win over Leafs

Oct 18, 2011 - 5:01 AM
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - David Jones scored the game winner 1:11 into overtime as Colorado finished a five-game road trip without a blemish thanks to a 3-2 win over Toronto.

After opening the season at home with a loss to Detroit, Colorado took wins in Boston, Columbus, Ottawa, Montreal and finally Toronto to finish its longest road trip of the season.

"It was fun to see the guys come out and play the way they've played over these five games," said Colorado head coach Joe Sacco. "We knew it was going to be a grind but the guys played through it and I couldn't be happier."

In the extra session, Kyle Quincey kept a bouncing puck in at the left point and immediately threw it on net. James Reimer made the save, but Jones was in front to slam home the rebound for the win.

"It was a frustrating loss because I thought we deserved a better fate," said Reimer. "I thought we played hard and battled, but they got one more bounce then we did."

Milan Hejduk and Daniel Winnik each had a goal for the Avalanche, who return home to face Chicago on Thursday. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 stops in the win.

Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel each had a goal for the Maple Leafs, who lost for the first time this season after winning their first three games. Reimer made 21 stops in the loss.

After a scoreless first period, Toronto got on the board 19 seconds into the second as Kessel skated into the zone through the middle and from the high slot flicked a simple wrister on net that fooled Giguere.

Colorado tied the game three minutes later as Ryan O'Reilly skated in and left a drop pass at the inside right circle for Winnik, who snapped a wrist shot through a screen.

Skating on the power play, the Avs took the lead when Hejduk's wrister from the right circle found its way through traffic with 5:46 left in the second.

Toronto tied the game with under five minutes to play in the third as Clarke MacArthur kept the puck in the zone in the high slot and fed it over to the left circle for Dion Phaneuf, who got a shot on net with Kulemin backhanding the rebound in from in front.

Game Notes

Kessel has six goals and three assists on the young season...Toronto hosts Winnipeg on Wednesday...Colorado has won four of the last six games against the Maple Leafs going back to the 2005-06 season...Toronto went 0-for-4 on the power play while Colorado was 1-for-2.