The Colorado Avalanche won in Calgary, Alberta, last night in resilient 3-2 comeback fashion, earning the team its league-leading 22nd point. The Avs are now seven points ahead of the Flames in the Northwest Division (standings via NHL.com).
Last night’s win proved Colorado can come from behind on a very good team. The Avs started down two goals with just more than a minute played (via Reuters). But Colorado’s David Koci and David Jones hit back-to-back goals to tie the game before the end of the first period, and Wojtek Wolksi scored in the third period to cap off the gritty win. Goalie Craig Anderson continued his hot streak, making 30 saves on his way to his league-leading 10th win of the season.
The Denver Post writes the Avs are off to their best record ever after 13 games, besting the 2000-01 team that was 9-2-2-0 after 13 games. That team went on to win the Stanley Cup.
It’s premature to say the Avs can keep this pace throughout the season and make a run at the cup, but each win chips away at the perception that the team is getting lucky bounces and fluke wins. Sooner or later, the doubters will have to acknowledge the Avs as one of the NHL’s best teams this year.