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Avalanche 4, Penguins 3, OT

September 18, 1999

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Milan Hejduk scored twice for Colorado, including the game-winning goal 20 seconds into overtime, as the Avalanche won for the first time in the preseason with a 4-3 decision over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr was sent to the penalty box for holding with 41.1 seconds remaining in regulation, giving the Avalanche a 4-on-3 advantage in overtime. Under new rules this season, teams are skating four aside in overtime instead of five.

The Avalanche took advantage to win their first game after three losses.

Shean Donovan and Hejduk scored early against goalie Tom Barrasso, who was making his second preseason start for the Penguins (0-3). Jagr and Alexei Kovalev scored twice in a three-goal second period to help the Penguins overcome the two-goal deficit.

Just 30 seconds after Hejduk increased Colorado’s lead to 2-0, Jagr snapped a wrist shot from the right circle for a power-play goal at 5:12 of the second.

Kovalev added another power-play goal at 9:08 with a wrist shot from the right circle. The Penguins went up 3-2 when Kovalev scored on a backhander with 4:34 remaining in the second.

Chris Drury, last year’s NHL rookie of the year, scored 5:18 into the third to tie the score at 3-3.

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