Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Colorado Upends Florida; Unbeaten Streak Hits 12

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Colorado Upends Florida; Unbeaten Streak Hits 12

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The Florida Panthers stayed with the Colorado Avalanche for 52 minutes. Then speedy Valeri Kamensky went into high gear.

Kamensky scored twice in the final eight minutes and Colorado beat Florida 4-2 Monday night, extending its unbeaten streak to a f ranchise-record 12 games.

Colorado won in its first visit to Miami since a triple-overtime victory to clinch a four-game sweep of the Panthers in the Stanley Cup finals last year. Kamensky broke a 2-2 tie by skating past defenseman Terry Carkner and flicking the puck over goalie John Vanbiesbrouck's shoulder. "It was a highlight-reel goal," Colorado coach Marc Crawford said. Kamensky added his 16th goal of the season, with two minutes left, on a twisting, off-balance, behind-the-back shot. The Avalanche were without their top two scorers, Joe Sakic (calf injury) and Peter Forsberg (thigh), but still improved to 9-0-3 since Dec. 23. Avalanche goalie Craig Billington, making his eighth start of the season, stopped 33 shots as a replacement for All-Star Patrick Roy. …

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