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Colorado Avalanche Hammer Former Goalie Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators 7-1

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 30:  Chris Stewart #25 of the Colorado Avalanche carries the puck hard to the net but is stopped by Pascal Leclaire #33 of the Ottawa Senators in a game at Scotiabank Place on December 30, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Chris HoffmanContributor IIIOctober 14, 2011

J.S. Giguere didn't have much to do in his first game for the Colorado Avalanche. Giguere stopped 15-of-16 shots faced, and the Avalanche peppered former goaltender Craig Anderson with 39 shots on goal. Seven of those found the back of the net.

In a game that the Avalanche dominated from start to finish, 11 players registered points for Colorado. Rookie Gabriel Landeskog scored his second goal in as many games, and Matt Duchene finally had a break-out offensive night with a goal and an assist.

Another backup, Joakim Lindstrom, netted two goals in his first start for the Avs. He was playing in place of Peter Mueller, who was a healthy scratch for the evening. Mueller is still coming back from a year off battling concussion symptoms, and he isn't yet in peak physical condition.

The quote of the night goes to the SportsNet analyst for tonight's game, who said in regards to the play of Colorado, "this is like all-star play. This does not belong on a team that was 14th in the Western Conference last year."

Solid goaltending, creative offense, strong defense and gritty determination. Those are adjectives that applied to the Avs' championship teams. They are words that have also applied to this young group through three games. I'm not saying that this team is bound for the Cup finals, but the early signs are that quality hockey is on its way back to Denver.

Chris Hoffman is a featured Avalanche columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also a lead writer for Avalanche Insider. Follow him on Twitter @AvsInsiderChris.

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