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Avalanche scores three power play goals to down Flyers

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Avalanche scores three power play goals to down Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Three power-play goals and a shorthanded tally were required for the Avalanche to pull out a victory in its second consecutive 10-goal-plus shootout Monday night.

Colorado, which leads the NHL in scoring at 4.00 goals per game, reached its average in the first period against the struggling Philadelphia Flyers, who fired head coach Alain Vigneault before the morning skate at Wells Fargo Center. But the offensively explosive Avs couldn’t pull away with rookie goalie Justus Annunen in net until midway through the third period.

Colorado ultimately skated off a 7-5 winner to improve to 2-1-1 in its five-game road trip.

Annunen, who was making his first NHL start after taking the overtime loss in a reserve role on Saturday in Ottawa, allowed four goals on the first eight shots he faced. The Avs built a 4-1 lead but Philadelphia got within 5-4 early in the third period. Goals by forwards Nazem Kadri (5-on-3 power play) and Tyson Jost put the game away for the Avs (13-7-2) in their 2,000th all-time regular-season game.

Philadelphia (8-11-4), blown out by visiting Tampa Bay 7-1 Sunday in a loss that led to Vigneault’s firing, lost its fifth consecutive game.

Annunen, who began training camp No. 4 on the depth chart, finished with 27 saves on 33 shots (.844%).

Colorado led 4-3 after a wild first period and 5-3 after the second. The lone goal in the middle frame came from Valeri Nichushkin, who put a shot off iron and in from between the circles at 1:42. Annunen stopped all 13 shots he faced in the period — a big improvement from the opening frame.

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“This is a crisis”: 672 people died in Colorado traffic crashes last year — the highest number in nearly two decades

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“This is a crisis”: 672 people died in Colorado traffic crashes last year — the highest number in nearly two decades

More people died in crashes on Colorado’s roads last year than any other year in nearly two decades, prompting highway officials to call for drivers to change the way they act to reverse the tragic trend.

At least 672 people died in traffic crashes last year, though Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said he expects the number to exceed 700 once the year’s data is finalized. Driving is the most dangerous activity many Coloradans do on an average day despite the fact that nearly all crash deaths are preventable, he said in a Tuesday news conference.

The number of deaths last year is 50% higher than the number recorded in 2011 and the highest on record since 2002, data compiled by the Colorado Department of Transportation shows.

“This is a crisis in our state,” Packard said. “This is a crisis we’re dealing with across the country. And I don’t use that word lightly.”

Packard and other officials attributed the rise in deaths to drivers’ lack of personal responsibility. Too many people are driving while impaired, using excessive speeds and allowing themselves to be distracted behind the wheel, he said.

Colorado’s population and the number of people using its roads have increased in the last two decades but they have not risen at the same rate as the number of crash deaths, said John Lorme, director of maintenance and operations for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Traffic deaths increased in 2020 from 2019 even as the use of Colorado’s roads plummeted during the beginning of the pandemic, he said.

“Drivers must do their part,” Lorme said.

At least 246 of 2021’s traffic deaths, or 37%, involved an impaired driver, up from 212 such deaths in 2020. Data about which substances drivers were using last year was not yet available because toxicology reports can take months, Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Sam Cole said. The department will publish a report when the data is final.

The final number of deaths caused by distracted drivers also was not yet available, Cole said.

Officials urged Coloradans to use seatbelts while traveling. At least 226 of the people who died in traffic crashes last year were not wearing seatbelts — or a third of the total deaths.

The five counties with the highest number of crashes are some of the state’s most populous: El Paso, Adams, Denver, Jefferson and Arapahoe. Of those counties, El Paso is the only one to see a decrease from 2020 and no growth from the average number of deaths from the prior three years. Adams, Denver and Jefferson counties each saw a 14% increase from their three-year averages and Arapahoe saw a 10% increase.

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Denver weather: Freezing rain, black ice and light snow possible Wednesday

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Colorado snow totals for Dec. 31, 2021

After a beautiful weekend with lots of sun and warm temperatures, it’s nice to be going back to actual January weather with some cool air and snow in the forecast. Then again, the warmth and sun are nice too but we’ve had plenty of that this winter.

There are two cold fronts expected to move through Denver and eastern Colorado this week. The first could bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Denver metro area which is a tad unusual for this time of the year. The second will bring a better chance for all snow but will still overall produce light snow totals.

Winter weather advisories, mainly for freezing drizzle, are posted through Wednesday evening. A cold front is racing down from Montana and will start to bring cooler temperatures and shallow clouds and almost foggy weather to the Plains, including Denver.

Wednesday morning is expected to be a dreary day with low clouds and freezing drizzle (see freezing rain below). Although temperatures on Wednesday are supposed to stay below freezing, the air within a couple of thousand feet above us will be slightly warmer. What that means is that water droplets in the clouds will stay as water until they hit the ground. Once the water droplets hit the ground i.e your car, sidewalks and roads, they will instantly freeze into ice.

The forecast only calls for up to a tenth of an inch of ice to form but that is plenty to cause issues. On top of this, light snow is expected to be mixing with the freezing rain creating even slipperier conditions. All snow, albeit very light snow, is expected in the afternoon before we dry out Wednesday night.

Wednesday all day could be slick in and around town, so be careful. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you and be careful as you even walk out on the sidewalks and driveways – those can get very slick in these conditions.

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Get Cooking: Meat with “dem bones”

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Get Cooking: Meat with “dem bones”

In the Bible, in the 37th chapter of the Book of Ezekiel, the Lord grants a vision to the prophet as He takes Ezekiel to the Valley of the Dry Bones. God tells Ezekiel how, on the Last Day, he will re-vivify the dry bones, all scattered about pell-mell: He will “breathe life into them” and “attach tendons to them” and “make flesh come onto them.”

This passage in the Scriptures occasioned the anatomy lesson of the great Black spiritual “Dem Bones,” written in the early 1900s, where we learn how all those bones are connected, “the knee bone connected to the thigh bone; the thigh bone connected to the hip bone,” and so on.

Cooks, now hear the word of the Lord.

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