WHERE/WHEN

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 / Game 25

Prudential Center / Newark, NJ

HIGHLIGHTS

GAME RUNDOWN

This was a battle of the goaltenders early on, as Reto Berra and Cory Schneider both stopped all 10 shots each team had in the first period. Berra got the start in this game due to the back-to-back situation and given that Semyon Varlamov struggled in Monday’s game against the Islanders, Roy is looking for one of these goalies to step up and carry this team. Reto sure got off to a good start with a perfect first period.

Colorado got on the board early in the second period, as Matt Duchene continued his hot streak with his 13th goal of the season at the 2:10 mark — assisted by Erik Johnson and Reto Berra. Earlier in the day, Duchene was named the NHL’s third star for the month of November by scoring a league leading 11 goals in the month, so it was good to see him continue that trend in the first game of December. Just about four minutes later — at the 6:15 mark of the second period — Tyson Barrie scored his second goal of the season after receiving a nice saucer pass from Jack Skille, putting the Avalanche up 2-0.

Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils with a slow shot off the face-off at 2:09 in the third period, making it a 2-1 game.  The rest of the game saw no more scoring, as both teams tightened up defensively and both goaltenders finished strong.

Reto Berra carried the Avalanche to a much needed victory, making 27 saves on 28 shots on goal from the Devils — picking up his fifth win of the season, ending a personal four game losing streak.

THREE STARS

  1. Tyson Barrie — 1 goal, 2 shots
  2. Matt Duchene — 1 goal, 4 shots, 2 hits
  3. Kyle Palmieri — 1 goal, 2 shots

PLAY OF THE GAME

Jack Skille and Tyson Barrie with a little bit of sauce-and-snipe:

TURNING POINT

After a scoreless first period, the early second period goal by Matt Duchene turned things around — it was the first goal of the game and it sparked the Avs offense as they scored again just minutes later.

BY THE NUMBERS

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QUOTE OF THE GAME

“You’re always curious to see how your team is going to bounce back after a loss like last night in Brooklyn, and I thought our guys did a good job. [The] defensemen played well in back-to-back games like this. I’m very happy with the performance of our team.”

-Head coach Patrick Roy

LASTING IMPACT

The victory brings the Avalanche’s record to 10-14-1 on the season through 25 games, which gives them 21 points — only five points back of the Minnesota Wild who were in the second Western Conference wild card spot coming into the night with 26 points. If Colorado can get on a roll and steal a win on Thursday in New York, their home-and-home series against Minnesota could be a huge turning point on the season.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Avalanche continue their New York area road trip with a visit to Madison Square Garden on Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm MT to take on the New York Rangers.

Nick Bracken

Covers DU Hockey, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rapids for BSNDenver. Nick can be followed @nickbracken303 on Twitter. He enjoys watching any live sports on TV and playing hockey and golf in his free-time. Chris Drury is his all-time favorite athlete.