Careful Avalanche Bury the Blue Jackets 3-1

Colorado adds to lossless streak despite missing key players
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 3:53 AM CST
Colorado Avalanche center Tyler Arnason, front, looks for a pass as he waits in front of Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire in the first period of the Avalanche's 3-1 victory in an NHL hockey...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The cautious and solid play that has kept the Avalanche from being swept away after the loss of three key forwards paid off again, this time with a 3-1 victory over Columbus. Jose Theodore kept the Blue Jackets scoreless through two periods, giving his offense plenty of time to rack up their goals, says the Rocky Mountain News.

"You can sense the confidence that he has, and the guys in front of him are responding," explained coach Joel Quenneville. Last night Jeff Finger, Ben Guite and Tyler Arnason all responded with one goal per period, with Finger getting his in behind a tricky screen by Ian Laperriere. The Avalanche now sits atop the Northwest Division after a 4-0-1 run.