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Wolski lifts Avalanche past Senators in overtime

Feb 18, 2009 - 6:18 AM
DENVER (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators' five-game road trip ended much differently than it began.

Wojtek Wolski scored 80 seconds into overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the suddenly surging Senators on Tuesday.

Ian Laperriere and Ryan Smyth each tallied in regulation for the Avalanche, who have won two in a row after dropping four straight. They embark on a six-game stretch away from home, beginning Friday at Washington.

"Every game is important," Wolski said. "We should have won a lot more games at home lately. Maybe we do need a little change of scenery."

Ryan Shannon netted a pair of goals for Ottawa, which suffered the first setback of its trek and saw its season-high five-game winning streak came to an end.

"We would have liked to have the two (points) tonight, but coming off a tough back-to-back, to get nine of 10 and get a point tonight was big for us," Senators All-Star Dany Heatley said.

Ottawa entered 5-1-1 since Cory Clouston replaced Craig Hartsburg as coach, but was not able to punctuate a perfect five-game road swing for the first time in franchise history.

"If somebody had said we were going to take nine of 10 points, we would have taken it," Clouston said. "Obviously, we're disappointed in the loss. Our guys dug deep, we just weren't sharp tonight."

Colorado, however, continued its recovery from a previous skid as Wolski collected his own rebound from the right faceoff circle and fired a slap shot past Alex Auld to secure the win.

"(Wolski is) a guy who we need to score big goals," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "Those are the situations where he going to have an opportunity to make big plays. Fortunately, he did for us."

Shannon opened the scoring 30 seconds into the first period, unleashing a wrist shot from the low slot that went by Andrew Raycroft for his first tally of the contest. But Laperriere forged a tie with 2:55 remaining in the session by tipping in Cody McCormick's initial shot.

"These points are important. They came in 5-0 in their last five games and we had to be ready, and we were," Laperriere said. "(We'll take it) game-by-game. Simple game, simple road game. You go up there and don't try to be fancy or anything. Just play a north-south game and that's the plan. Go game-by-game and we'll see where it takes us."

Smyth staked Colorado to another one-goal lead 73 seconds into the second, but Ottawa clawed its way back once again when Shannon struck again 3 1/2 minutes later with a slap shot from the blue line.

"They're a good team," Wolski said. "They have some talented players and some quick guys up front. It's hard to play against them but I think we've done pretty well in overtime and shootouts, so we don't mind hanging on and taking it into overtime."

Raycroft finished with 20 saves, while Auld stopped 27 shots in his third straight start over rookie Brian Elliott.

"It's tough to lose it like that, but you have to give the opposition some credit," Clouston said. "I thought Colorado came hard. They knew we were going to be a tired team and they wanted to put a lot of pressure on us. They did a good job of that."






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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 1 1 0 0 2
    COLORADO 1 1 0 1 3 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - RYAN SHANNON 1 (FILIP KUBA) 0:30
    COL - IAN LAPERRIERE 7 (CODY MCCORMICK, BEN GUITE) 17:05
    2ND PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 19 (SCOTT HANNAN, MILAN HEJDUK) 1:13
    OTT - (PP) RYA

    Feb 17 11:57 PM


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    OTTAWA 2
    COLORADO 3
    OT: COL - WOJTEK WOLSKI 12 (MAREK SVATOS) 1:20

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1 0 2
    COLORADO 1 1 0 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - RYAN SHANNON 1 (FILIP KUBA) 0:30
    COL - IAN LAPERRIERE 7 (CODY MCCORMICK, BEN GUITE) 17:05
    2ND PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 19 (SCOTT HANNAN, MILAN HEJDUK) 1:13
    OTT - (PP) RYAN SHANNON 2 (BRIAN LEE, ANTOI

    Feb 17 11:54 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 1 1 2
    COLORADO 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - RYAN SHANNON 1 (FILIP KUBA) 0:30
    COL - IAN LAPERRIERE 7 (CODY MCCORMICK, BEN GUITE) 17:05
    2ND PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 19 (SCOTT HANNAN, MILAN HEJDUK) 1:13
    OTT - (PP) RYAN SHANNON 2 (BRIAN LEE, ANTOINE

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    OTTAWA 2
    COLORADO 2
    2ND PRD: OTT - (PP) RYAN SHANNON 2 (BRIAN LEE, ANTOINE VERMETTE) 4:45

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    OTTAWA 1
    COLORADO 2
    2ND PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 19 (SCOTT HANNAN, MILAN HEJDUK) 1:13

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1
    COLORADO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - RYAN SHANNON 1 (FILIP KUBA, BRIAN LEE) 0:30
    COL - IAN LAPERRIERE 7 (CODY MCCORMICK, BEN GUITE) 17:05
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COL

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    1ST PRD: COL - IAN LAPERRIERE 7 (CODY MCCORMICK, BEN GUITE) 17:05

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    OTTAWA 1
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    1ST PRD: OTT - RYAN SHANNON 1 (FILIP KUBA, BRIAN LEE) 0:30

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