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In searching the hockey-player database, there are 12 guys named Erik Johnson to have played junior,adidas Carey Price jersey, major-junior,authentic Andrew Shaw jersey, college or professional hockey. Just one,authentic Max Pacioretty jersey, has reached the NHL,adidas P.K Subban jersey, however, and the Avalanche’s Erik Johnson played in his 600th career game at the highest level Sunday.

Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft, has become an elite NHL defenseman in his late 20s. He leads Colorado in average ice time at 26:25, by St. Louis, which was top-five in the league entering Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars.

“I feel like his game is getting better and better,adidas Max Pacioretty jersey,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Johnson, Sunday morning. “The amount of minutes and the situations he is playing in, 29,authentic Carey Price jersey, it’s just showing that he is becoming a top defender in this league.”

Johnson is an alternate captain this season,adidas Andrew Shaw jersey, the first time in his career he has worn a letter on his chest. He seems to work well with captain Gabe Landeskog and alternate captain Nathan MacKinnon. The Avs are the second-youngest NHL team.

“He leads by example,authentic Mike Fisher jersey,” Bednar said of Johnson. “His mindset every day,authentic P.K Subban jersey, always looking forward to help those young guys in any way he can.”, real positive

In net. Bednar started backup goalie Jonathan Bernier against the Stars, based on his 28-save, taking a four-game winning streak into Sunday’s game., 3-0 shutout over Dallas Nov. 22 at the Pepsi Center. That Stars haven’t lost since that game

“Looking back at it over the past couple days preparing for them,adidas Mike Fisher jersey, we did a nice job getting back in our zone and getting clean exits,” Bednar said of the last game against Dallas. “We got some timely scoring. We created some good opportunities so we looked at some of the ways we did that last time.”, which helped us a little bit

Footnotes. Landeskog served the third game of his four-game suspension for his illegal cross check on Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk on Nov. 25. In replacing Landeskog’s leadership, fourth-line winger Blake Comeau is donning an ”A” as the Avs third official captain. The letter gives Comeau the ability to meet with referees. … The Avs will complete their five-game homestand Tuesday against the struggling Buffalo Sabres. Colorado embarks on a four-game road trip Thursday at Tampa Bay.