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Colorado Avalanche fire Sacco as coach after four seasons

Joe Sacco (courtesy Colorado Avalanche)

Black Monday usually happens the day after the final NHL regular-season games.

It’s the day when owners and general managers fire their coaches after a disappointing season.

Joe Sacco was fired on Sunday after the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Minnesota Wild 3-1 in their final game.

The Avs missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

Colorado, usually a playoff contender, never was able to get going in the 48-game season and finished last in the Western Conference at 16-25-7 for 39 points.

Sacco, in four seasons, had a record of 130-134-30. He leaves with one year on his contract.

A former NHL Right winger, Sacco played from 1990-2003 with Toronto, Anaheim, New York Islanders, Washington and Philadelphia.

Blue Jackets play complete game; beats Colorado in overtime, 2-1


51,914 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center On the team finally playing a complete game to win

51,915 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center Colorado shot totals were down to 19 nice puck possession by CBJ

51,916 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center On Artem Arnisimov getting hurt them coming back late to win game

51,923 Artem Arnisimov CBJ Center Finally a win and the young players from the AHL played well


51,905) Rick O’Reilly Colorado Center Goaltender Semyon Varlamov kept game close

51,906 Rick O’Reilly Colorado Center First game back and he got more shifts as game progressed

51,910 Joe Sacco Colorado coach On the play of Rick O’Reilly in first game back with team

51,912 Joe Sacco Colorado coach Semyon Varlamov gave the team a chance with his goaltending

COLUMBUS, O. — The Columbus Blue Jackets are getting better with each game. They suffered several one-goal losses.

The players have said that they have to play a complete game tow in those one-goal losses into wins.

Artem Anisimov celebrates game-winning goal

On Sunday, they played that complete game in an overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1. They played toe-to-toe with the more talented Avs. And won the game on a goal from a player who limped to the dressing room in the first period with a leg injury.

Artem Anisimov blocked a shot and had to go to the dressing room. He was in so much pain that head coach Todd Richards was told by the medical staff that his return was unlikely.

Out of nowhere, Anisimov came back for the opening faceoff of the second period.

His return was a blessing in disguise as he scored the game-winning goal at 2:26 of overtime before 13,778 at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets were on 4-on-3 power play, when Anisimov snapped a wrister which beat Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the near post.

Blue Jacket' Jared Boll (40) and Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau mix it up

The win allowed the Jackets to post a three-game posts streak of 1-0-2.

Tim Erixon (20) played a solid game

The ageless Vinny Prospal scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season early in the third period to tie the game at 1-1.

The Avs had gone ahead at 12:35 of the second period on P.A. Parenteau goal.

CBJ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 18 saves against a Colorado team which saw itself defensing its territory all night as the Jackets put up 34 shots on goal.


* Artem Anisimov, CBJ Center: Tough player, keeps on ticking.

* Tim Erixon, CBJ Defenseman: Received plenty of ice time, 23:38 and provide the assist on Anisimov’s goal.

* Ryan Johansen, CBJ Center: Played a big role with 19:07 of ice time and won 12 of 18 faceoffs.



Avs Landeskog is youngest ever to be named captain at 19

Gabriel Landeskog (photo by Avaholic via wikipedia commons)

Gabriel Landeskog, a left winger for the Colorado Avalanche had a nice rookie season with the team last season.

The native of Sweden, played in 82 games, scoring 22 goals, dishing out 30 assists and registering 52 points.

For his hard work and leadership, the Avs named him as team captain on September 4, 2012. That appointment made him the youngest captain in NHL history.

When the Pittsburgh Penguins named Sidney Crosby captain in 2007, he was 11 days older than Landeskog.




Colorado is tough in shootouts; 7-0 this year


(Clipart by Chris courtesy

With a recent win over Los Angeles, the Colorado Avalanche is 7-0 in shootouts this season, with goaltender Semyon Varlamov in goal for all but one of those wins.

The Avs have won its past 10 shootouts overall, one short of the National Hockey League record for consecutive shootout wins set by the Dallas Stars in 2005-06.

Colorado has lost only once in its past 19 shootouts.

Semyon Varlamov with Washington in 2009 (photo by Gary McCabe via wikipedia commons)




Info compiled from NHL, Colorado Avalanche news, Radio & TV news


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Avalanche beat Blue Jackets in shootout, 5-4

The Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets can relate to lengthy frustrations.

The Blue Jackets had a terrible December. The Avs have had a two-month drought where they went from leading the Northwest Division in December to dropping all the way to 14th place in the Western Conference.

The Avalanche’s shootout win over Columbus, snapped a nine-game home losing streak and have won two straight overall after dropping 20 of their last 21 games.

Milan Hejduk (file photo)

As usual, the Blue Jackets can’t hold a lead in the third period. Daniel Winnick tied the game with a power-play goal with 3 seconds left in regulation, Milan Hejduk scored the only goal in the shootout and the Avalanche beat Columbus 5-4 in the Pepsi Center for their first win since January 24.

For Columbus, R.J. Umberger had two goals, including one short-handed. Derek MacKenzie also scored a short-handed goal and added an assist. Rick Nash scored a goal, Jan Hejda garnered two assists and goalie Steve Mason stopped 28 shots as Columbus blew a 3-1 lead with 14 minutes left in regulation.


* Milan Hejduk became the third player in franchise history to play 900 NHL games for the club and the first to play all 900 exclusively as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

* Columbus Left Winger Ethan Moreau also played in his 900th NHL game.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets & Colorado Avalanche news

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