Avalanche 5, Penguins 3

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David Jones had two goals and an assist, Andrew Raycroft made 21 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday.

Ryan Smyth and Wojtek Wolski each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won three straight.

Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and assist apiece and Jordan Staal had a short-handed goal for the Penguins, who have lost seven of their last eight.

Pittsburgh goalie Dany Sabourin had 21 saves on 25 shots before being pulled in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury to start the third. Fleury stopped six shots.

Wolski broke a 2-all tie when he skated into the Pittsburgh zone, took a pass from Smyth and beat Sabourin over the left shoulder for his 11th goal of the season midway through the second period.

Four minutes later, Jordan Leopold scored on a slap shot from the blue line to give Colorado a 4-2 lead.

Staal made it interesting with his 13th goal with 12:23 left, but Jones gave the Avalanche some breathing room with his eighth 51 seconds later.

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The Avalanche went in front when Smyth redirected Wolski’s shot from the high slot for his 14th goal of the season midway through the first period.

Malkin tied it with a power-play goal at 15:41 of the first. Crosby sent a pass across the zone and Malkin one-timed it from the right circle past Raycroft for his 16th of the season.

Jones scored to get the lead back for Colorado just 2:06 into the second, but Malkin and Crosby teamed up again to tie it. This time, Crosby took a pass from Malkin and slid a shot between Raycroft’s legs with 11:16 left in the period, his 17th of the year.

Notes

Leopold’s goal was his 100th career point. … Colorado is 9-1-0 in its last 10 games against the Penguins. … Pittsburgh’s last victory in Denver was a 3-2 win on Feb. 25, 1999.




 
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