Columbus
Blue Jackets
35-43-4
Colorado
Avalanche
43-30-9

24 SOG
40 SOG
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game recap

Avalanche 1, Blue Jackets 0

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:20 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 1, Blue Jackets 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0, Colorado Avalanche 1

DENVER (AP) - Pascal Leclaire was superb in goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets. David Aebischer was even better for the Colorado Avalanche.

Aebischer made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season and 13th overall, and Brett Clark scored the lone goal in the Avalanche's 1-0 victory Thursday night.

"I was sharp, but I've been that way since January," said Aebischer, who improved to 7-0-0 lifetime against the Blue Jackets. "I made a couple of tough saves, but it was mostly the guys in front of me."

Aebischer made several spectacular saves, none better when he denied David Vyborny late in the second period while down on the ice. The goalie swatted away two screened shots while the Avalanche were killing off two penalties late in the game.

"I had a lucky bounce on the Vyborny shot," Aebischer said. "It was a double deflection. He just couldn't put it past me."

Aebischer has allowed six goals in seven career starts against Columbus.

Leclaire made 39 saves.

Colorado had some chances to put the game away in the third period. Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette had Leclaire down on the ice, but each time the Columbus goalie was up to the task. He swatted away Brunette's backhander at 11:35 of the period.

"The players were scrambling and I was lucky on those," Leclaire said. "Sometimes you create your own luck with positioning."

"He kept us in the game," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "With his play and had we made plays when we had to, we win the game."

Another factor was a nonproductive power play that was 0-for-6. Columbus has beaten the Avalanche once in 20 games.

The Avalanche killed Columbus' late 22-second, two-man advantage.

"The short-handed 5-on-3 was big," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was on the balance all the game, and we had a couple of big penalty kills."

While being outshot 12-5, Columbus frustrated the Avalanche with its trap in the first period.

John-Michael Liles hit the left post a minute into the second period, but Columbus' defense and penalty-killing unit continued to frustrate the Avalanche through most of the period. It wasn't until Colorado's third power play of the period that the Blue Jackets finally broke down.

Clark tapped a shot over Leclaire's right shoulder at 15:51 after receiving Brunette's pass from the right corner. Rick Nash was serving a hooking minor at the time.

Columbus had a chance to tie it with 1:45 left when Aebischer stopped Radoslav Suchy's slap shot from the upper left circle. The puck bounced back to Vyborny alone in front of the Colorado crease. Aebischer stretched out at the last second to deny a goal with his left skate.

"We are 4-0 against them, but we are by no means overconfident when we play them," Quenneville said. "We know that three of the games we have had against these guys have been really tough and competitive."

Notes: The Blue Jackets recalled D Aaron Johnson from Syracuse of the AHL. ... Colorado D Karlis Skrastins played in his 412th consecutive game, the longest active current streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
15:51
COL
PPG - Brett Clark (7) Tip-in - ASST: Andrew Brunette (28), Pierre Turgeon (26)
1 - 0 COL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:35
COL
Pierre Turgeon  Tripping against  Jan Hrdina
06:01
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:30
CBJ
Adam Foote  Hooking against  Alex Tanguay
15:30
CBJ
Adam Foote  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:03
COL
Marek Svatos  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
03:09
CBJ
Adam Foote  Hi-sticking against  Brad Richardson
09:39
COL
John-Michael Liles  Hooking against  Rick Nash
11:48
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
14:39
CBJ
Rick Nash  Hooking against  Karlis Skrastins
3rd Period
01:29
COL
Brett McLean  Holding against  Rick Nash
10:06
COL
Brad May  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Severson
10:06
COL
Dan Hinote  Roughing against  Rostislav Klesla
10:06
CBJ
Cam Severson  Fighting (maj) against  Brad May
10:06
CBJ
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
10:06
CBJ
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
12:43
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Holding against  Nikolay Zherdev
14:21
COL
Rob Blake  Tripping against  Jason Chimera
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 40TOI: 58:43
Saves: 39EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .975SH: 3 - 3
David Aebischer
David Aebischer
SA: 24TOI: 59:51
Saves: 24EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
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