Avs win seventh straight

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Stephane Yelle scored two goals, one for the highlight reels, as the Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to seven with a 6-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

"We're playing with great confidence right now, especially playing smart defensively," Colorado captain Joe Sakic said. "This is the best our team has been playing all season."

Yelle's second goal was a pretty one. After his shot was blocked he fell on the ice with Anaheim defender Fredrik Olausson. While on his belly, Yelle managed to sweep the puck with his backhand past stunned Anaheim goaltender Guy Hebert.

"Luck," Yelle said. "I just shot the puck, dove for it and I just tried to get the puck on net. I didn't know where the goalie was, but it went in. The guys were pumped, and I was pumped."

"I didn't know where the puck was," Olausson said. "When he shot it, it hit my stick and then my foot. I can't believe how quick he got it away. It was just a brain freeze."

In addition to Yelle's two goals, Claude Lemieux score a pair, Joe Sakic had three assists and Adam Deadmarsh and Peter Forsberg each added a goal and an assist for Colorado, which is in the midst of its longest winning streak since an eight-game run from October 18-November 5, 1995.

Forsberg recorded his 400th career point with a goal and an assist before leaving midway through the final period with a bruised thigh. His injury was not considered serious.

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