The Colorado Avalanche were desperate for some offense and a quick start after Thursday’s shutout loss at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes. They finally got the quick start they needed, scoring two goals in the first 1:47 of the game past New York Islanders rookie goaltender Kevin Poulin. Milan Hejduk grabbed a rebound and fired a quick wrist shot into the open net behind Poulin for the first score of the game. David Koci made the score 2-0 one minute later by deflecting a Brandon Yip slapshot into the net.
Unfortunately, the Avalanche penalty kill continues to be the team’s achilles heel, as they allowed the young Islanders team right back into the game with two power play goals midway through the first period. Rookie Jeremy Colliton scored a power play goal past Craig Anderson in his first NHL game of the season. Islanders forward Blake Comeau tied the game up at two, taking advantage of a hooking call on Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick.