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Avs Closing In On Calgary

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

“We’re in a position that if we keep winning, we can be where we want to be,” Budaj said.
Let me translate for Budaj, who is from Slovakia.
The Avalanche has 80 points, Calgary 84. They are even at 72 games. They are even for the season at three games apiece. They play two more - April 3 in Calgary and on the last day of the season, April 8, in Denver.
The last is a makeup from Dec. 21, when one of the 50 snowstorms postponed the game. Wouldn’t it be odd if that game determines the playoff team. Very well could be.
If the Avalanche maintains pace with the slumping Flames in the teams’ other eight games and then wins those two close encounters, the Avs are in, the Flames out.
That’s what the Avalanche goalie was trying to say. You don’t have to translate that he is 26-15-5 in net and getting stronger.

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Tanguay Has Had Enough

from the Montreal Gazette,

Tanguay’s lucrative deal, some Edmonton and national media suggested, led to inflation and priced Smyth out of the Oilers’ comfort zone.
That insinuation is more than Tanguay can stand.
“Ryan’s a great player,” Tanguay said. “Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to have him on my team. But what happened with the contract situation, I think it’s just unfortunate that I got dragged into it for no reason. I don’t see why the fans in Edmonton or anybody else in Canada would be mad at me because they couldn’t get Ryan Smyth signed. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with me.”

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Budaj Establishing Himself As Avs Goalie

from the Denver Post,

With the thunderous force of a hammer striking an anvil, the puck rang off the post of his goal, and Peter Budaj did not flinch.
What makes or breaks a goalie in the NHL can be found in the eyes. The best ones never blink.
Colorado will not win the Stanley Cup this year.
But, maybe, just maybe, the Avs have found a goalie who can take them to a championship.
It is safe to hang a No. 31 replica jersey in your closet.
Budaj is going to hang around. At age 24, he has grown up. One of the toughest jobs in Denver sports would make a lesser man crack.

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Thank Drury For Stastny

from the Denver Post,

But those of us who consider trading away Drury to have been a monumental misjudgment the Avs have been attempting to recover from since should stop talking as if nothing good came of it. Stastny did. And the Avs, including Pierre Lacroix, who knew which year Stastny would be in the draft pool, deserve credit for that.
Stastny is going for sole possession of an NHL rookie record today, when he attempts to extend his point streak to 18 games and break a tie with Teemu Selanne. The Finnish Flash’s 17-game streak came at the end of his spectacular, 76-goal, 1992-93 rookie season at Winnipeg.
Stastny has been less flashy, but that’s almost part of the point. He is a subtle star, and his stunning on-ice poise and savvy have enabled him to arguably be more productive and impressive as an NHL rookie than he was at DU.

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Moore’s Goal Is To Play Again

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Moore said he’s totally committed to trying to get back into the NHL.
“You’re either 100 percent committed to something or you will not be successful at it. I have not given any thought to doing anything else,” he said. “Until the doctors tell me unequivocally that I’m not coming back and I won’t ever be cleared, I guess I won’t think about it.”
He said he remains grateful for the “tremendous and uplifting” support he has received from Colorado fans. Team officials, he said, “let me know they would be there for me if I needed anything, and I hope that’s the case. But I guess that’s how it goes when your contract is up. You’re kind of on your own to deal with the situation.”

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Stastny Ties Rookie Record

via the Colorado Avalanche,

BUFFALO, N.Y.  - With an assist on Milan Hejduk’s goal at 9:58 of the first period tonight in Buffalo, Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny extended his point streak to 17 games, tying the NHL rookie record set by Teemu Selanne in 1992-93.
Selanne notched a point in the final 17 games of his Calder Trophy winning season with the Winnipeg Jets.  Stastny’s 17-game streak has now surpassed his father, Peter Stastny (16 games in 1980-81), for the longest scoring streak by a rookie in franchise history.
Stastny will attempt to set a new league record this Sunday when the Avalanche travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild.

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All Joe Sakic

from NBC Sports,

Q: You’ve been able to skate with so many different players. Who have you had the most fun and chemistry with, be it Avalanche or national teams?
A: Gosh, there’s been so many great players that have come through here. I think on our team, Peter Forsberg would have to be a the top of the list. He’s the best there is when he’s going, and we had a lot of fun when we played together. On the Canadian Olympic team, I always have had a great chemistry with Jarome Iginla. He’s real easy to play with.

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