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Wolski lifts Avalanche past Senators in overtime

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators' five-game road trip

ended much differently than it began.

Wojtek Wolski scored 80 seconds into overtime, lifting the

Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the suddenly surging

Senators on Tuesday.

Ian Laperriere and Ryan Smyth each tallied in regulation for the

Avalanche, who have won two in a row after dropping four

straight. They embark on a six-game stretch away from home,

beginning Friday at Washington.

"Every game is important," Wolski said. "We should have won a

lot more games at home lately. Maybe we do need a little change

of scenery."

Ryan Shannon netted a pair of goals for Ottawa, which suffered

the first setback of its trek and saw its season-high five-game

winning streak came to an end.

"We would have liked to have the two (points) tonight, but

coming off a tough back-to-back, to get nine of 10 and get a

point tonight was big for us," Senators All-Star Dany Heatley

said.

Ottawa entered 5-1-1 since Cory Clouston replaced Craig

Hartsburg as coach, but was not able to punctuate a perfect

five-game road swing for the first time in franchise history.

"If somebody had said we were going to take nine of 10 points,

we would have taken it," Clouston said. "Obviously, we're

disappointed in the loss. Our guys dug deep, we just weren't

sharp tonight."

Colorado, however, continued its recovery from a previous skid

as Wolski collected his own rebound from the right faceoff

circle and fired a slap shot past Alex Auld to secure the win.

"(Wolski is) a guy who we need to score big goals," Avalanche

coach Tony Granato said. "Those are the situations where he

going to have an opportunity to make big plays. Fortunately, he

did for us."

Shannon opened the scoring 30 seconds into the first period,

unleashing a wrist shot from the low slot that went by Andrew

Raycroft for his first tally of the contest. But Laperriere

forged a tie with 2:55 remaining in the session by tipping in

Cody McCormick's initial shot.

"These points are important. They came in 5-0 in their last

five games and we had to be ready, and we were," Laperriere

said. "(We'll take it) game-by-game. Simple game, simple road

game. You go up there and don't try to be fancy or anything.

Just play a north-south game and that's the plan. Go

game-by-game and we'll see where it takes us."

Smyth staked Colorado to another one-goal lead 73 seconds into

the second, but Ottawa clawed its way back once again when

Shannon struck again 3 1/2 minutes later with a slap shot from

the blue line.

"They're a good team," Wolski said. "They have some talented

players and some quick guys up front. It's hard to play against

them but I think we've done pretty well in overtime and

shootouts, so we don't mind hanging on and taking it into

overtime."

Raycroft finished with 20 saves, while Auld stopped 27 shots in

his third straight start over rookie Brian Elliott.

"It's tough to lose it like that, but you have to give the

opposition some credit," Clouston said. "I thought Colorado

came hard. They knew we were going to be a tired team and they

wanted to put a lot of pressure on us. They did a good job of

that."

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