It just keeps getting more surreal. The Avalanche is now a 12-1 hockey team after Saturday night's exciting 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

The Avs did it again, tying their best start in franchise history (with the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques) with a third-period blitz of Montreal that turned a tie game into victory on goals by rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O'Reilly. P.A. Parenteau's empty-net goal with 38 seconds left sent the boisterous crowd cheering into the night.

A sold-out building, helped along by a pregame number retirement ceremony for Adam Foote, provided for a very lively atmosphere. The crowd number, in fact — 18,152 — was an all-time record to see a game at the Pepsi Center.

The Avs came out flying to start the game, as they have most of the season, but couldn't finish anything against former goalie Peter Budaj. Lots of pucks trickled off the ends of stick blades just when goals looked like they might happen.

The Canadiens had some great scoring chances in the first period themselves. Montreal native Jean-Sebastien Giguere, however, was superb in stopping all eight official shots faced.

The scoreless tie lasted until the 11:14 mark of the second period, when captain Gabe Landeskog scored his fifth of the season. On a shot that might have been deflected slightly by a Canadiens stick, the puck nestled under the water bottle inside the top meshing of the net.

The Avs again got great goaltending from Giguere in the second, as he stopped another eight shots.