They started that quest in a big way Monday.

Shane Doan, who had his first NHL hat trick in his last home game 10 days ago, almost had another. Boyd Gordon, with 30 career goals entering the game, also scored twice, the first multigoal game of his NHL career, in the 6-1 rout of the Colorado Avalanche in front of 12,757 at Jobing.com Arena on Monday.

Goaltender Mike Smith made 38 saves, coming up with three spectacular ones that changed the tenor of the game.