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When depleted Avs needed a goalie to step up, Theodore has been there

Updated: January 31, 2008, 10:14 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

DENVER -- Jose Theodore's wildly erratic goaltending stint with the Colorado Avalanche has taken another turn.

This time, it's about his aching back.

Theodore has started 11 consecutive games for a team now without Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny in the lineup, and his play has helped keep Colorado in the Western Conference playoff race. During the stretch, he has a 6-4-1 record, a 1.94 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.

It all has led ...

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