Power out­age at home

Even at man ad­van­tage, Colo. as cold as weather PAN­THERS 3, AVALANCHE 1

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers

Af­ter serv­ing his first penalty Fri­day night at the Pepsi Center, NHL leg­end Jaromir Jagr came out of the penalty box and nearly scored on a break­away. It was just a close call for the Avalanche.

But the sec­ond time Jagr was pe­nal­ized, the Florida Pan­thers broke a third-pe­riod tie with Ri­ley Smith’s short-handed break­away goal, and once again the roof caved in for Colorado.

An­other break­away. An­other break­down. An­other loss at home for the Avs, who en­hanced the league’s worst home record (410-1) by los­ing 3-1 to the strug­gling Pan­thers.

“Tie hockey game go­ing into the third pe­riod at home,” Avalanche cap­tain Gabe Lan­deskog said. “You can’t go out and get power plays and have them score short­handed. … I hon­estly do not know what to tell you guys, other than that’s not the way we want to do it. That’s not the way it’s sup­posed to be done and that’s not ac­cept­able, bot­tom line.”

Colorado was 0-of-6 on the power play in 11 min­utes, 59 sec­onds with the ex­tra at­tacker, and gave up Smith’s short-handed tally that broke a 1-1 tie 6:37 into the third pe­riod. Soon there­after, Avs goalie Calvin Pickard failed to track a long shot from de­fense­man Michael Mathe­son, who made it 3-1.

Florida, which was 2-4-4 in its pre­vi­ous 10 games, played into over­time Thurs­day night at Win­nipeg and took seven “tired” penal­ties — trip­ping and hook­ing — against the Avs. Colorado last played Wed­nes­day, be­gin­ning a two-game home­s­tand with a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia. The Avs’ win­less streak at home is now at seven (0-6-1), with their last vic­tory at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 15.

Colorado’s 11:59 on the power play was three times as much as Florida’s 3:59.

“That was the dif­fer­ence in the hockey game,” Avs coach Jared Bed­nar said. “The power play, 0for-6 and gave up a shorty. That is the dif­fer­ence in the hockey game — but the wrong way. We need our power play to win us games and tonight it was a dif­fer­ence­maker for them.”

Avalanche de­fense­man Fe­dor Tyutin opened the scor­ing 10:11 of the sec­ond pe­riod and Florida de­fense­man Ja­son De­mers tied it at 16:10. The equal­izer came off De­mers’ skate, but of­fi­cials in Toronto looked at the re­play and said there was no dis­tinct kick­ing mo­tion.

The Avs de­part Satur­day for a two-game trip, play­ing at Win­nipeg on Sun­day and Min­nesota on Tues­day.

Florida de­fense­man Michael Mathe­son gets into a scrum with Colorado for­ward Gabe Lan­deskog in front of the Pan­thers’ net dur­ing the first pe­riod of their Fri­day night game at the Pepsi Center.

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