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Wolski scores twice to help Avalanche end skid

Jan 7, 2009 - 5:27 AM
By Jim Diamond PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Although an ice-cold offense failed to heat up, Wojtek Wolski did enough to lift the Colorado Avalanche to victory.

Wolski scored two goals as the Avalanche ended their three-game losing streak with a 2-1 triumph over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Milan Hejduk recorded two assists and Andrew Raycroft made 22 saves as the Avalanche earned their first points since defeating the Predators, 5-1, on December 29.

"You never want to say you need a win in January, but it is nice to get it," Raycroft said. "It's a grind in January and February, and that was textbook how we played tonight."

Recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League prior to the contest, Ryan Jones netted his fourth goal of the season and Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots for Nashville, which dropped its fifth straight game.

"It has been five in a row now, and it is really testing our team spirit right now," Rinne said. "We're not scoring right now, and we have to work harder to find the solution."

Colorado, which had been outscored, 11-2, during its recent skid, fell into an early hole when Jones opened the scoring 7 1/2 minutes into the first period.

J.P. Dumont drove down the left wing and sent a wrist shot toward Raycroft, who stopped the puck but was unable to handle the rebound, which was buried by Jones on the doorstep.

"It's nice to contribute, but we made one too many mistakes tonight," Jones said. "If we had a few lucky bounces, the game would have been different."

After starting the season in Nashville, Jones was sent to the minors and registered 11 goals and 17 points in 21 games for the Admirals.

"We asked (Jones) to come up and play well on both sides of the puck. He got a goal, and that's what you want players to do," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Jones drove to the net really hard, and there was a rebound for him to tap in. That's how you score."

Wolski forged a 1-1 tie with his eighth goal of the season, taking a pass from Hejduk and firing a one-timer between the pads of Rinne with 5:35 remaining in the first.

"Tonight, (Wolski) basically won the game for us, along with Andrew Raycroft," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "He made a play, and then in the second and third periods, we played as solid defensively as we have all year."

With 4:13 left in the second, Wolski struck for the second time, giving the Avalanche the lead for good. From the left faceoff dot, Hejduk dished the puck to Wolski, who lifted a backhander over Rinne's glove while sitting on the doorstep.

"Milan is such a gifted player, he can find you wherever you are on the ice," Wolski said. "Our big focus now is to get guys and pucks to the net, and if we do that, we will get opportunities to score."

Nashville's best opportunity to tie the game came with 79 seconds remaining in the second on a breakaway by Dumont. But his shot missed the net and enabled Colorado to improve to a perfect 14-0-0 this season when leading after 40 minutes.






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    Avalanche 2, Predators 1  FinalJan 7 12:26 AM
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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1 0 2
    NASHVILLE 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - RYAN JONES 4 (JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT, RYAN SUTER) 7:30
    COL - WOJTEK WOLSKI 8 (MILAN HEJDUK, RYAN SMYTH) 14:25
    2ND PRD: COL - WOJTEK WOLSKI 9 (MILAN HEJDUK, RUSLAN SALEI) 15:47
    3RD PRD: NONE
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: C

    Jan 6 10:20 PM


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    COLORADO 2
    NASHVILLE 1 17:00 LEFT, 3RD PRD

    Avalanche 2, Predators 1  3rd - 17:00Jan 6 9:52 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1
    NASHVILLE 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - RYAN JONES 4 (JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT, RYAN SUTER) 7:30
    COL - WOJTEK WOLSKI 8 (MILAN HEJDUK, RYAN SMYTH) 14:25
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COL 7 7
    NA

    Jan 6 8:41 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    NASHVILLE 1
    1ST PRD: COL - WOJTEK WOLSKI 8 (MILAN HEJDUK) 14:25

    Avalanche 1, Predators 1  1st - 5:35Jan 6 8:31 PM


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    COLORADO 0
    NASHVILLE 1
    1ST PRD: NAS - RYAN JONES 4 (JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT, RYAN SUTER) 7:30

    Avalanche 0, Predators 1  1st - 12:30Jan 6 8:21 PM
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