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Habs edged 2-1 by Avalanche

Wednesday, 11.01.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Habs edged 2-1 by Avalanche
Huet's 38 save performance not enough as Habs road woes continue
Jan Bulis' hot streak continued against the Avalanche, as he picked up an assist on Craig Rivet's goal for his 200th NHL career point and seventh point in his last five games .

Jan Bulis' hot streak continued against the Avalanche, as he picked up an assist on Craig Rivet's goal for his 200th NHL career point and seventh point in his last five games .

DENVER - Despite another strong effort from goalie Cristobal Huet, the Canadiens were edged 2-1 by the Avalanche Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Canadiens (19-16-6) are now 0-5-1-1 all-time at the Pepsi Center since the Quebec Nordiques packed up and moved to the Colorado to become the Avalanche following the 1994-95 season. The red-hot Avalanche (25-17-3) won their sixth straight.

After picking up a pair of assists against the Senators on Saturday, Craig Rivet continued to roll by opening the scoring at the 7:26 of the second period with his fourth of the season on blast from the point on a play setup by Richard Zednik and Jan Bulis.

Thanks in large part to Huet, who held the Avalanche off the scoresheet through two periods despite facing 28 shots, the Canadiens held their slim one-goal lead until midway through the third period.

Rookie sensation Marek Svatos got things started for Colorado with his 26th goal of the season at the 10:30 mark of the final frame. Ian Laperriere then scored the game-winner with just 3:36 remaining in regulation for his 14th of the year.

Huet, who was coming off a 41-save performance against the Senators, kicked aside 38-of-40 shots to fall to 2-3-1. David Aebischer made 25 saves as he improved his record to 16-9-0.

With his assist, Bulis not only reached the 200-point plateau, but also extended his point streak to five games.  The Czech winger has now picked up seven points (2-5-7) over that span.

Both teams failed to do any damage on the power-play with the Canadiens going 0-for-5 while holding the Avalanche's fifth ranked power-play to 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

The Canadiens will now head back home to host Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks Saturday at the Bell Centre.

NOTES: D Sheldon Souray left the game with an apparent knee injury after only 4:08 of ice-time in the opening period... D Mike Komisarek and RW Jonathan Ferland did not dress... The Canadiens were outshot 18-4 in the first period... Bulis led the way with a game-high five hits including a thunderous hit on former teammate Patrice Brisebois... The Avalanche came into the game as the highest scoring team in the Western Conference with 165 goals... The Canadiens' last road win over the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise dates back over a decade to Jan. 5, 1994, when Montreal shutout the Nordiques 4-0 in a neutral site game held in Phoenix. The Canadiens' last road win on the Nordiques' home-ice was back on Oct. 18, 1993 when Montreal doubled up their provincial rivals 4-2 at Le Colisee in Quebec City..The sellout crowd at the Pepsi Center was the 461th consecutive packed house for the Avalanche, an NHL record...Colorado C Joe Sakic picked up an assist as he became the 64th player in NHL history to play in 1,200 games.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com