The Avalanche’s offense exploded Wednesday night, peppering the visiting Arizona Coyotes with nine goals in a 9-3 shellacking at Ball Arena.
Since moving to Denver in 1995, the team has gone 15-0 in the regular season since scoring at least eight goals.
So, where does Wednesday’s output rank all-time in Colorado’s history? Here’s a look at the team’s top regular-season scoring performances.
Note: The Avs’ highest goal mark in the postseason is eight. They hit that twice: On May 4, 2002 in an 8-2 win against San Jose in the second round of the playoffs and on June 6, 1996 in an 8-1 victory over Florida in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
1. 12 — Dec. 5, 1995
Final score: Colorado 12, San Jose 2
In their first season since moving to Denver, the Avs put on a show at McNichols Sports Arena, rattling off a dozen goals against the hapless Sharks. Valeri Kamensky led the way with a hat trick, and Joe Sakic and Scott Young added two goals apiece. The performance equaled the franchise mark — Quebec tallied 12 goals twice — and is tied for 20th all-time in NHL history. It is also tied for the most goals by a team since the 1993-94 season.
2T. 9 — Dec. 19, 1996
Final score: Colorado 9, Vancouver 2
After a scoreless first period, Scott Young got Colorado on the board 1:53 into the second. But it was in the third when the Avs got hot. Already up 4-0, the team scored five goals within six minutes to take a commanding 9-0 advantage. Young and Joe Sakic each had two in the road victory.
2T. 9 — March 8, 2004
Final score: Colorado 9, Vancouver 2
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In a chippy battle between the Northwest Division’s top squads, Colorado came out on top in a big way. Milan Hejduk bookended the scoring onslaught, tallying the first goal in the first period and ended with a pair of power-play goals in the third. Joe Sakic had four points (a goal and three assists) and Paul Kariya added another goal and an assist.
However, it wasn’t the goals that the game is remembered for. Midway through the third period, Avalanche forward Steve Moore suffered a career-ending injury after Vancouver’s Todd Bertuzzi punched him from behind, driving his head into the ice. “Moore was on the ice for about 10 minutes, then was taken off on a gurney to a local hospital, leaving behind a pool of blood,” Denver Post sportswriter Terry Frei writes.
2T. 9 — Dec. 9, 2007
Final score: Colorado 9, St. Louis 5
Milan Hejduk had a career day for the Avs, tallying a career-high six points (three goals, three assists). Paul Stastny contributed with five points (two goals, three assists) and Wojtek Wolski added a pair of goals in the win at the Pepsi Center.
2T. 9 — Nov. 11, 2019
Final score: Colorado 9, Nashville 4
After a six-game losing streak in which the Avs were outscored 18-7, they erupted in a big way at home. Joonas Donskoi recorded a hat trick and Nathan MacKinnon had four points (one goal, three assists) in the win. “The Avs had faced first-period deficits in four of their five previous losses, but they were the aggressors Thursday with a 36-12 shots-on-goal advantage after two periods,” Denver Post sportswriter Kyle Fredrickson writes.
2T. 9 — March 31, 2021
Final score: Colorado 9, Arizona 3
After the COVID-19 pandemic denied fans access to games at the Pepsi Center for more than a year, the Avs welcomed them back with an exciting performance. Joonas Donskoi scored the fastest hat trick in team history, tallying his third score just 7:31 into the game. In fact, “the Avs came out flying and attacked the Arizona Coyotes with a relentless effort that netted five goals in the first 7 minutes, 31 seconds of the game,” Denver Post sportwriter Mike Chambers writes. The win extended Colorado’s unbeaten streak to 12 games (10-0-2).
7T. 8 — Nine times
Nov. 11, 1995: Colorado 8, Vancouver 2
March 17, 1996: Colorado 8, Edmonton 1
March 28, 1996: Colorado 8, San Jose 3
Nov. 13, 1998: Colorado 8, Tampa Bay 1
March 7, 2000: Colorado 8, Calgary 3
Feb. 21, 2001: Colorado 8, Boston 2
March 22, 2003: Colorado 8, Chicago 1
Jan. 15, 2021: Colorado 8, St. Louis 0
March 16, 2021: Colorado 8, Anaheim 4
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