After the crowd of media flitted to other parts of the Avalanche dressing room Wednesday night, Peter Mueller sat with his head down and his hands clasped. After a few seconds, Mueller took his left hand and did the sign of the cross against his chest.

After 18 long, frustrating and at times scary months, Mueller scored a goal in an NHL game against the Florida Panthers at the Pepsi Center. Two of them, in fact. Plus an assist on the late, game-tying goal in Colorado's dramatic 4-3 overtime victory over the Panthers that put the Avs into eighth place in the Western Conference.