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The Avalanche hosted Hockey Fights Cancer night and skated away with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Pepsi Center. The entertaining, fast-paced game was won after the Avs put a perfect three pucks past Bernier on three opportunities in the shootout.
Despite the fantastic pace on the opening shift, the energy was sucked out of the Pepsi Center early in the game after an injury scare to former Avalanche and current Leafs forward Daniel Winnik. Shortly after the Avs took an early 1-0 lead, Winnik chipped the puck into the offensive zone but got tangled up with Jan Hejda at the blueline. Hejda cleanly took Winnik down but the 29 year-old fell awkwardly on the back of his neck and laid motionless face down on the ice.
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