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Avs beat Leafs in OT in front of sellout crowd on J.T. Compher goal

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He wears his old number, is an American-born player who was an NCAA star, was a bit overlooked in the draft and has a knack for scoring clutch goals. There is so much about J.T. Compher that reminds me of Chris Drury.

Compher's wrong-foot, wrist shot to the top right corner beat former teammate Calvin Pickard and gave the Colorado Avalanche a big 4-3 overtime win Friday night over the Toronto Maple Leafs at a sold out Pepsi Center.

Compher, who has a reserve about him that also reminds me of Drury, took a feed from Sam Girard (a great play to keep a puck in the zone at the end of a power play that started at the 1:33 mark of OT) and used Alexander Kerfoot's screen to win a game the Avs nearly let slip away.

"Great screen by Kerf, good to get a win," said Compher, whose goal was his seventh and kept the Avs at 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. "Obviously, we wanted to finish that off in regulation, but we stayed with it."



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