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Aebischer saves Avs

Colorado Avalanche right winger Ian Laperriere, left, puts a shot on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Denver, Thursday, March 2, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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DENVER ” David Aebischer made 24 saves for third shutout of the season and 13th overall, and Brent Clark scored the lone goal in the Colorado Avalanche’s 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Aebischer made several spectacular saves to improve to 7-0-0 against the Blue Jackets. He has allowed six goals in seven career starts against Columbus.

Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire was nearly as impressive, stopping 39 shots. The Blue Jackets were 0-for-6 on the power play.

The Blue Jackets have beaten Colorado once in 20 games.

Colorado had some chances to put the game away in the third period. Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette had Leclaire down on the ice, but each time the Columbus goalie was up to the task. He swatted away Brunette’s backhander at 11:35 of the period.

The Avalanche killed a 22-second two-man advantage for Columbus in the last 5:39 of the period.

While being outshot 12-5, Columbus frustrated the Avalanche with its trap in the first period.

John-Michael Liles hit the left post a minute into the second period, but Columbus’ defense and penalty-killing unit continued to frustrate the Avalanche through most of the period. It wasn’t until Colorado’s third power play of the period that the Blue Jackets finally broke down.

Clark tapped a shot over Leclaire’s right shoulder at 15:51 after receiving Brunette’s pass from the right corner. Rick Nash was serving a hooking minor at the time.

Columbus had a chance to tie it with 1:45 left when Aebischer stopped Radoslav’s slap shot from the upper left circle. The puck bounced back to David Vyborny alone in front of the Colorado crease. Aebischer stretched out at the last second to deny a goal with his left skate.


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