After coming up short in their season opener, the Colorado Avalanche bounced back in front of their home crowd.
That win, however, has come at a steep cost.
In their first game since losing Steve Downie to a season-ending injury, the Avalanche try to make it two in a row Thursday night against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
While Colorado (1-1-0) couldn't keep up Saturday in a 4-2 loss at Minnesota, getting back to the Pepsi Center made all the difference Tuesday. Gabriel Landeskog, David Jones and newcomer P.A. Parenteau each tallied third-period goals for the Avalanche, who held defending champion Los Angeles scoreless on six power-play opportunities in a 3-1 victory.
"It was unbelievable," said Landeskog, the team's 20-year-old captain. "I think this was the best crowd I've played in front of at the Pepsi Center. It just feels great. To be away for so long and to come back and to see so many fans here and how loud they were and how into it, I think it felt like they miss...