In game notes, from last night...
Wednesday, 03.7.2007 / 9:25 AM ET / News
Colorado gets the scoring started in the third:
Colorado’s Brett Clark (8) scored the first goal of the game at 2:57 in the third. He was assisted by Paul Stastny (41) and Milan Hejduk (29). This is Hejduk’s sixth assist in the past four games.
Colorado seals it:
Colorado’s Milan Hejduk (26) scored an unassisted, empty net goal at 19:21.
Big night for Stastny:
Paul Stastny’s third period assist gives him a sixteen game point streak (February 3, 2007-present). He is now tied with his father, Peter Stastny, for the second longest point streak by a rookie in NHL history, who accomplished the feat October 25-November 30, 1980. He is also now tied with Alex Tanguay for longest point streak in Avalanche history, a record set that was set February 6-March 7, 2003. Paul Stastny also now holds the longest point streak record this season in the NHL. Stastny was the NHL “Rookie of the Month” in February.
Kobasew makes three Eagles:
Chuck Kobasew made his debut as a Boston Bruin this evening, after being traded to Boston with Andrew Ference from Calgary in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau. Kobasew is no stranger to the city of Boston, playing for Boston College in 2000-2001 with fellow Bruin Bobby Allen. Bruin’s defenseman Andrew Alberts is also a 2005 BC alum.
Hockey East Alums take the ice:
Last night’s game featured a showcase of players from Hockey East schools. For the Bruins: Boston College – Andrew Alberts, Bobby Allen, and Chuck Kobasew; University of New Hampshire – Mark Mowers; University of Vermont – Tim Thomas (although at the time Vermont played in the ECAC). For the Avalanche: University of Maine – Brett Clark and Ben Guite. The Hockey East Championship Tournament will be held next week at the TDBanknorth Garden.
First and last meeting of the season:
This is the only game this season between Boston and Colorado, and the first time the Avalanche has visited the TD Banknorth Garden since February 4, 2003.
Did you know?
In 2006, Colorado center Tyler Arnason was traded to Ottawa from Chicago in exchange for current Bruin, Brandon Bochenski and a second round draft pick. This season, Bochenski was traded to Boston from Chicago for prospect Kris Versteeg.
Referees – Bill McCreary, Dean Morton
Linesmen – David Brisebois, Mark Pare
Heard in the room…
Forward, Chuck Kobasew
On what changed during tonight’s game:
I wasn’t part of the last two games, but I watched them and it seemed like the neutral zone play and the fore check were what generated most of the chances. Tonight we allowed them to dictate those (things). They were strong in the neutral zone and we didn’t make smart plays there. They’ve got smart men rushing to score against us. They are fighting for their playoff lives just like we are, so we have to show that desperation.
On playing his first game in Boston after being injured:
It’s nice to be back. Just the timing and hesitation and stuff like that [affected me]. I’m sure I’ll feel a lot better next time.
Defenseman, Aaron Ward
On problems in the first period:
The first period wasn’t the greatest, second period we got our legs. We started to establish ourselves, got pucks in deeper, getting chances. For it to end like that…it’s just one of those situations that (takes) the wind from your sails.
On whether or not familiarity was a problem:
Considering they were a west coast team…I don’t know if familiarity was a problem, but we seemed to get it in the second period. Our biggest worry is that we just need to do the things that we are capable of doing and not worrying about what the other team posses on the other side.
Goaltender, Tim Thomas
On the importance of tonight’s game:
Tonight was an important game. Four points out of the playoffs going in. It could have been two if we got the win. We played a great game against the New Jersey Devils, a very good team. We had a chance to pick up some points tonight and we didn’t get the job done.