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DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche took a chance when they drafted Nathan MacKinnon fi
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DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche took a chance when they drafted Nathan MacKinnon fi
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche took a chance when they drafted Nathan MacKinnon first overall last June. Vapormax Plus Destockage . The rookie is rewarding their faith with a stellar first season. MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, and Colorado beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Saturday. Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals and Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves for the Avalanche, who have won three straight. Varlamov also had his second assist of the season. Colorado is having a bounce-back season after finishing at the bottom of the Western Conference last year. The rebound started with earning the top pick in the draft, and the Avalanche opted for the speedy MacKinnon instead of homegrown defenceman Seth Jones. The decision has paid off. MacKinnon has 20 goals and 40 points to lead all rookies in scoring. "Ive been feeling more comfortable. I think I was a little snake-bit at the beginning and couldve score more than I did," said the 18-year-old MacKinnon, who had his first three-point game. "Thankfully things are clicking, Ive developed chemistry with guys on the team." The Avalanche were playing their final home game before going on a four-game East Coast road trip ahead of the Olympic break. They have won eight of 10 and are 35-14-5. Its their best start to a season since 2000-01 when they won the Stanley Cup. Marc-Andre Cliche scored his first NHL goal and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avalanche. Colorado continued its mastery over the Sabres. The Avalanche have won seven straight against Buffalo. "We werent ready to go from the get go," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. "We never laid a body on anyone. It was a very ugly game to watch." The Avalanche jumped ahead early and didnt need to sweat out the end as they did against Minnesota on Thursday. They scored three quick goals on Olympian Ryan Miller in the first. Barrie started the flurry with his seventh of the season at 7:37, and McGinn and Landeskog had goals 58 seconds apart later in the period. MacKinnon feathered a pass through the defence to Landeskog, who tapped it into the empty net. "Hes a special player," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said of MacKinnon. "The third goal, the speed he put on on the ice was magic. Landy ended up with an open net. It was such a nice play. I see huge improvement in his game." Cliche made it 4-0 early in the second. "I just said, finally," Cliche said. "So much weight off my shoulder. I know maybe Im not supposed to score, but when you score one like that it feels unbelievable, especially in a 7-1 win like this." Were his teammates happy to see him get his first goal? Indeed. After all, hes been doing the dirty work for Colorado all season. "We wanted him to score that for so long and hes had so many chances lately, it was great to see him score that one," Landeskog said. "The whole bench erupted. Hes such an awesome team guy, he doesnt complain, he goes out there and does his job. Tonight he finally got rewarded for his hard work." Miller is headed to his third Olympics for Team USA, but he didnt look sharp against Colorado. He allowed three goals on his first 11 shots and finished with 22 saves. He was pulled in favour of Jhonas Enroth to start the third period. Enroth had 10 saves. "Its obviously a hard game for us. A very tough game for us," Miller said. "We have to come to compete from the start. Thats where we lost the game." Miller didnt receive much offensive support from his teammates, who had just 10 shots on goal midway through the second. The Sabres finally broke through when Matt DAgostini scored on the power play at 11:45 of the second. MacKinnon answered on a power play later in the period to make it 5-1. Landeskog and McGinn scored 2:31 apart in the third to make it 7-1. NOTES: Colorado D Erik Johnson had three assists. ... Avalanche C Paul Stastny (ankle) and RW Alex Tanguay (knee) were scratched. ... Buffalo D Christian Ehrhoff was back in the lineup after missing Thursdays game due to an illness. ... Colorado RW P.A. Parenteau returned to action after being a healthy scratch for two games. He assisted on Landeskogs goal. Vapormax Pas Cher France . No, really, his head. Late in the game, the St. Louis goalie craned his neck into the air to block a shot, taking a puck square in the mask. Vapormax Flyknit Noir Pas Cher .com) - Virginia is for loving Latrell Scott. http://www.vapormaxpaschersoldes.fr/vent...ax-97.html . Reimer is winless (0-2-1) since returning from a six-week absence due to concussion-like symptoms. The Maple Leafs dropped a 4-2 decision to the hosting Washington Capitals on Friday.ST. LOUIS -- The owners of the Edward Jones Dome said Tuesday they are hopeful the St. Louis Rams wont leave after city leaders rejected $700 million in publicly funded upgrades sought by the team under a clause some officials now regret signing. The Rams can break their 30-year lease after the 2014 season -- a decade early -- but have said little about their plans beyond expressing an interest to stay. That isnt keeping stadium boosters from hoping for the best. "Everything is in play," said attorney James Shrewsbury, chairman of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, which owns the downtown dome. "Theres nothing off the table." The lease requires that the dome, which opened when the Rams arrived from southern California in 1995, remain among the top quarter of the 32 NFL stadiums. It was built with money from city, St. Louis County and Missouri taxpayers. The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, which manages the dome, last year offered a $124 million improvement plan that included a bigger scoreboard and better club seating, with the Rams paying slightly more half those costs. The team countered with a far more ambitious proposal that called for a new roof with a sliding panel and a bevy of improvements that would keep the city convention centre in the dome closed for three years. The team didnt put a price tag on its request, but city officials estimated the upgrades would cost $700 million. Missouri Gov.. Vapormax Flyknit 2 Blanche. Jay Nixon has taken over negotiations with Rams owner Stan Kroenke after arbitration between the team, the commission and the stadium authority failed. Visitors commission chairman Andrew Leonard said hes been assured by Nixon that keeping the Rams in St. Louis is a top priority. The city has already lost one NFL franchise -- the football Cardinals moved to Arizona after the 1987 season when owner Bill Bidwill was unable to get a stadium of his own rather than share Busch Stadium with the baseball Cardinals. "The governor told me he was going to (keep the Rams in St. Louis)," Leonard said Tuesday during a quarterly meeting of the sports authoritys governing board. "I took him at his word." Leonard served on that very board two decades ago, helping to craft the lease that could lead to the Rams departure. He wasnt circumspect about its long-term value. "That was the best deal we could get," he told the board. "We did what we could...Its the price we paid for getting the Rams." A Rams spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Rams opposed the public release of their stadium proposal, but Missouris attorney general released the plan under the states public records laws. Nixons office also did not respond to an interview request. The Rams are reportedly considering several stadium locations in St. Louis County, where the teams practice facility and headquarters are located. ' ' '
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