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Deja Vu Home Opener

By Richard Gonzalez

The Colorado Avalanche will host the Boston Bruins for their home opener on October 11th, 2017, at Pepsi Center.  This will mark the 6th time in franchise history the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche played the Bruins for their home opener. 

1989/1990 Home Opener: 

On October 7th, 1989, the Quebec Nordiques hosted the Bruins at the Quebec Coliseum. The Nordiques played their first 2 games on the road, winning 1 and tying the other. Nordiques’ player Michel Goulet would open up the scoring at the 5:08 mark of the 1st period. At the 9:06 mark of the 1st period, Bruins’ player Craig Janney scored, making it a tied game to end the first period. 

The Nordiques came out strong for the remainder of the game scoring 3 unanswered goals (2 in the second and 1 in the third) by Jeff Brown, Iiro Jarvi, and Guy Lafleur.  Nordiques goalie Ron Tugnutt did the rest, making 38 saves on 39 shots. The Nordiques would win their home opener 4-1 against the Bruins. 

1990/1991 Home Opener:

The second time the franchise hosted the Bruins for their home opener was on October 7th, 1990. The Nordiques dropped their first 3 games on the road and came home with a 0-2-1 record. David Poulin of the Bruins would score first and gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after the 1st period. 

The Nordiques answered back and took the lead at the end of the 2nd period getting goals from Steven Finn and Aaron Broten. Trailing 2-1, the Bruins came out for the third ready. The Bruins scored 3 unanswered goals beating the Nordiques 5-2.

1998/1999 Home Opener:

This time, the franchise was now known as the Colorado Avalanche and hosted the Bruins for the third time in franchise history on October 14th, 1998, at McNichols Arena (Denver, Colorado). The Avalanche dropped their first 3 games on the road coming back to Colorado with a 0-3 record. 

Former Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque scored the 1st goal which ultimately was the game-winning goal. The Bruins scored 2 more goals from Jason Allision and Joe Thornton to beat the Avalanche 3-0. Former Avalanche goalie and coach, Patrick Roy made 20 saves on 23 shots.

1999/2000 Home Opener:

The 4th time the franchise hosted the Bruins for their home opener was on October 13th, 1999, at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche started the season with a 6-game road trip; getting 2 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties. 

After a scoreless 1st, Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk scored at the 17:40 mark of the second period.  At the 19:24 mark, Bruins’ Mikko Eloranta would tie it up to close out the 2nd period.

Tied 1-1 going into the third period, the Avalanche needed someone to step up and that’s exactly what they got when Adam Foote scored at the 15:16 mark of the 3rd period. Roy would stop 26 of the 27 shots. The Avalanche beat the Bruins 2-1. 

October 9th, 2008, the Avalanche would once again host the Bruins for their season/ home opener, making it the 5th time in franchise history. The 1st period each team scored twice. A goal from Phil Kessel and a goal from Blake Wheeler of the Bruins. Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski each scored for the Avalanche. 

The Avalanche and Bruins were tied 2-2 after the 1st. In the second period, each team scored a goal apiece. Avalanche forward Cody McCloud and Bruins forward Marc Savard would be the goal scorers for the second period.

The game was tied 3-3 after the 2nd period. The Bruins would take the lead in the third after getting a goal from Micheal Ryder but the Avalanche would answer back shortly getting a goal from Jordan Leopold. David Krejci would score the game-winning goal at the 17:24 mark of the third period. 

The Avalanche weren’t able to respond back and lost to the Bruins 5-4. 

The franchise holds an all-time record of 2-3 against the Bruins. 1-1 when they were the Nordiques, 2-1 as the Avalanche. 

Let’s see if we can earn a win come October. 

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October 10th, 2017


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