DENVER CO - FEBRUARY 16: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins puts a hit on Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 16 2011 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado Avalanche Get First Point In Nine Games, Still Lose To Penguins In Overtime, 2-3

The Avalanche showed much better effort on the ice tonight, but they are still on a multi-game losing streak.

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Colorado Avalanche Get First Point In Nine Games, Still Lose To Penguins In Overtime, 2-3

It wasn't quite like a phoenix rising from its ashes, but the Colorado Avalanche played a hard-fought game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing, 2-3, in overtime. Pittsburgh's Tyler Kennedy picked up the rebound to score the game-winning goal at 4:10.

Joe Vitale started the scoring with a goal for the Penguins in the first period. It was the first of his career. There was another first career goal in this game when Cameron Gaunce scored the Avalanche's second goal of the second period. Chris Stewart had the other Avalanche goal. But shortly after Gaunce's goal, Jordan Staal netted the equalizer.

Peter Budaj made 33 saves on 36 shots while Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 stops.

Though their losing streak extended to nine games, the Avalanche (25-26-7, 57 points) picked up their first point during that span--a small consolation. They will head to the West Coast to face the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

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