MacKinnon has goal, assist as Avalanche beat Oilers 4-1
DENVER — Solid early play combined with one exceptional period carried the Colorado Avalanche past Edmonton. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist as part of Colorado’s three-goal flurry early in the third, and the Avalanche went on to beat the Oilers 4-1 on Wednesday night. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist as part of Colorado’s three-goal flurry early in the third, and the Avalanche went on to beat the Oilers 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Forward Gabriel Landeskog will return from a lower-body injury Thursday night when the Colorado Avalanche take on the Montreal Canadiens . Avs' Landeskog returns after missing 16 games.
Rapid Recap: Avalanche 3 , Canadiens 2 . Gabriel Landeskog scores in his return and Colorado holds on for Gabriel Landeskog and Andre Burakovksy returned to the lineup after missing time with injury . INJURY UPDATE. Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) and Andre Burakovsky (upper body)
MONTREAL — Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog scored in his return from injury as Colorado beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Thursday night.
Ryan Graves and Matt Calvert also scored for the Avalanche (18-8-2), who have won five straight. Backup goaltender Pavel Francouz made 39 saves.
Brendan Gallagher and Nick Cousins scored for the Canadiens (12-11-6), who have dropped nine of their last 10 games.
Cayden Primeau stopped 32-of-35 shots in his NHL debut. The 20-year-old son of former NHL player Keith Primeau played in the first of a back-to-back for Montreal, with Carey Price set to face the New York Rangers Friday night.
Nichushkin scores short-handed winner after Toronto gaffe as Avalanche top Leafs
TORONTO — Valeri Nichushkin scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Wednesday. Nathan MacKinnon, with a goal and an assist, and Joonas Donskoi, into an empty net, also scored for Colorado (17-8-2). Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots the Avalanche, who played for the first time since Saturday. Zach Hyman replied Toronto (13-13-4). Frederik Andersen, who started both ends of aNathan MacKinnon, with a goal and an assist, and Joonas Donskoi, into an empty net, also scored for Colorado (17-8-2). Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots the Avalanche, who played for the first time since Saturday.
MONTREAL (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:28 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3 - 2 exhibition victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Galchenyuk stickhandled around Tyson Barrie and beat goalie Reto Berra with a quick shot just after a power play ended.
Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:28 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3 - 2 exhibition victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday Barrie and Gabriel Landeskog scored for Colorado (0-2-1). The teams will meet again Friday night in Quebec City. Carey Price allowed two goals on 10 shots
The Canadiens were down a forward 90 seconds into the game when Jesperi Kotkaniemi fell awkwardly in the corner on a hit by Nikita Zadorov. The 19-year-old centre did not return.
The Avalanche hardly looked like they were playing the second game of a back-to-back as they beat Primeau twice on 14 shots in the first period.
The league’s top-ranked offence took a 1-0 lead at 6:13 when Graves tucked a rebound past Primeau, who failed to freeze the puck in the crease on Calvert’s initial shot. Rookie defenceman Cale Makar started the play by driving hard to the net past Shea Weber down the right side.
Another rush down the right wing led to Colorado’s second goal, this time by Landeskog. The Avalanche captain, back in the lineup after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury, blew past Jeff Petry and beat Primeau blocker side at 12:57.
Andreas Johnsson injury update: Toronto Maple Leafs forward leaves game after blocking shot
The 25-year-old forward left Wednesday's game with a leg injury, but head coach Sheldon Keefe did not consider it too serious.Johnsson suffered the injury late in the second period when he blocked a shot from Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves. The team announced he would not return to the game at the start of the third and final frame.
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog , front, of Sweden, scores a goal past Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo in the first period The Avalanche have 70 points and kept pace with Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference. The Wild beat Toronto for their third
Landeskog scored twice to give him six goals in three games, Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Landeskog was the only player to score in the second. With Colorado on the power play after Andrei Svechnikov went off for slashing, Landeskog 's
Calvert made it 3-0 for the visitors with a short-handed tally on a 2-on-1 at 8:06 of the second following a turnover in the neutral zone.
Quality chances for Montreal were limited through two periods but Gallagher got the Canadiens on the board in typical fashion for the winger, a goal from the crease at 17:42 of the second after going hard to the net.
Cousins gave the home side new life with a power-play goal off the post and in 1:23 into the third against the league’s stingiest third-period team.
Montreal pressed for the equalizer with time winding down.
Francouz came up big for the Avalanche with six minutes to play by stopping Artturi Lehkonen’s one-timer with the shaft of his stick. Francouz then denied Gallagher on a wraparound two minutes later.
The Avalanche backup also stopped a flurry of shots in the game’s final seconds.
Notes: Canadiens defenceman Otto Leskinen made his NHL debut. … Avs winger Andre Burakovsky (upper-body injury) returned to the lineup after missing three games. … Nazem Kadri (lower-body injury) did not play.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2019.
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press
Jesperi Kotkaniemi injury update: Montreal Canadiens forward placed on injured reserve following scary fall on ice .
The 19-year-old center was checked by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov in the first period of Montreal's game on Dec. 5.After shuffling a backhand pass low in the attacking zone, the 19-year-old center was checked by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov. The hit caused Kotkaniemi to flip. Unable to brace himself, he landed on his head, neck and shoulders. There was speculation Zadorov swept Kotkaniemi's feet out from under him, but a review of the video showed little to no evidence of that.