Hejduk had been dealing with a shoulder injury.
He replaced David Jones on the first line with Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny.
The 37-year-old didn't return for the final period because of a torso injury in Wednesday's 1-0 OT win over St. Louis.
Hejduk celebrated his 37th birthday in style. "A couple guys asked me this morning what I want for my birthday. I said I'd like to get a win and put a smile on everybody's face in the locker room which happened, so that's cool,'' Hejduk said.
Hejduk, who will turn 37 on Valentine's Day, is three points shy of joining Jaromir Jagr (1,659) and Patrik Elias (901) as the only Czech-born players in NHL history to reach 800 points. The Colorado winger had a goal and an assist in his first game, the Avalanche's 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Oct. 10, 1998. He is the first to play 1,000 games for Colorado. Joe Sakic played in 1,378 games for the organization, but 508 were with Quebec and 870 after the team relocated.
Hejduk came up big against probably the league's worst team. Expect bigger tests in the future.
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