Nov 5, 2009 12:08 AM

Budaj returns as Avs beat Coyotes

DENVER (AP) - Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist, and Peter Budaj - recovered from swine flu - stopped 28 shots in his first start of the season, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Marek Svatos also scored a goal, David Jones added an empty netter, and Paul Stastny had with three assists. The Avalanche snapped a two-game skid to remain on top of the Western Conference standings and tie Pittsburgh for the overall lead.

Colorado also improved to 5-0 at the Pepsi Center, one win away from tying its best home start since moving to the Mile High City.

Budaj was brilliant in goal, allowing only Ed Jovanovski's power-play goal midway through the third period.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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