NHL: Colorado 5, San Jose 2

Oct. 2, 2009 at 12:44 AM

DENVER, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Wojtek Wolski put Colorado scored twice, his first goal putting Colorado in front to stay Thursday, leading the Avalanche to a 5-2 decision over San Jose.

The season-opening victory came after Colorado had honored longtime captain Joe Sakic by retiring his sweater No. 19 in a pre-game ceremony. He announced his retirement in July.

Wolski, whose goal production has decreased each of the last two seasons, gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead by scoring on a wrister with 10:55 to play in the first period. He then scored the second of Colorado's three second-period goals.

Darcy Tucker, Cody McLeod and John-Michael Liles also scored for Colorado, which finished last in the Western Conference a year ago.

San Jose had the best regular-season record in the NHL last year, but was eliminated by Anaheim in the opening round of the playoffs.

Wolski scored 22 goals during the 2006-07 season and then had 18 and 14 goals the next two years.

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