Bruins stumble again on road; Rookie goalie stifles offense.


Byline: John Marshall DENVER - Vitaly Kolesnik had the kind of game that could lead to a shakeup for the Colorado Avalanche. Kolesnik stopped 20 shots in his NHL debut, and Alex Tanguay had a goal for the third straight game and added two assists to lift the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the struggling Boston Bruins last night. Frustrated with the spotty play of goalies David Aebischer and Peter Budaj, the Avalanche called up Kolesnik on Tuesday and wasted no time putting him between the pipes. The 26-year-old player from Kazakhstan was solid, keeping good position in the crease, knocking down some tough chances through traffic and controlling rebounds - playing the kind of game that could make things interesting in Denver over the next week or so. "It's in everybody's interest in our sport that you've got to overcome a lot of obstacles to get opportunities," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "The guys who can persevere and can handle it usually rise to the occasion. We're looking at a very interesting position at goaltending. The importance of it, we feel all three of them have the character to handle the situation." Aebischer, Colorado's top goalie to start the season, has a 3.37 goals-against average and was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots in the first period of a 6-4 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. Budaj, a rookie, is 3-4-3 with a .904 save percentage, 0-3 in shootouts and has yet to win in four games at home. Bringing up Kolesnik could be a sign that the Avalanche are looking to make a deal or it could just be that Quenneville and the front office are looking to spark Aebischer and Budaj. Either way, Kolesnik played great. He was particularly good during a power play midway through the first period...

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