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Avalanche look to continue dominance of Panthers

Colorado (16-15-1) at Florida (14-13-4), 5:00 pm EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche always seem

to enjoy their trip to the BankAtlantic Center.

The Avalanche will seek their 10th consecutive road win against

the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

The Panthers have never defeated the Avalanche at their current

rink and do not have a home win against the franchise since

posting a 4-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques at Miami Arena

on April 22, 1995.

The following season, the team moved to Denver and Colorado

defeated Florida in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Avalanche, who have not lost to the Panthers in nearly five

years, were the beneficiaries of a controversial call during

Thursday's 2-1 shootout triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Milan Hejduk scored the lone goal of the bonus format after his

backhand attempt was initially saved, but the referees promptly

conversed and awarded the goal after Lightning goaltender Mike

Smith let go of his stick to block the puck.

"It was a heck of a hockey game," Colorado coach Tony Granato

said. "For the refs to make that call, it's a gutsy call, but

it's the right call. If the goalie throws his stick in an

attempt to stop a penalty shot or shootout opportunity, it's an

automatic goal."

Florida is hoping to avoid a third straight loss. The Panthers

managed to pick up a point Thursday after Cory Stillman tied the

game at 2:29 of the third period, but they suffered a 2-1

overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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