by the avalanche, Andres Cogliano Y brad hunt scored at the same strength, while Valery Nichushkin Y Mikko Rantanen (1W, 1A) scored on the power play. On the Colorado network, Alexander Georgiev deflected 28 of 29 shots. The Avalanche used a lineup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the fourth straight game.
For the Canucks, Elias Pettersson scored. Between tubes, Collin Delia made 25 saves on 29 shots.
The Avalanche rounded out another solid 60-minute defensive effort by earning their fourth straight regulation win and continuing to build on their success. It was a committed effort from the Avalanche, who benefited from two power play goals and two five-on-five strikes, all while conceding a solid net to clinch two big points as they continue their three-game journey.
In a high-flying, action-packed first period from start to finish, the Avalanche built a 1-0 lead over the Canucks.
Vancouver had scored three minutes into the first frame when JT Miller redirected a Tyler Meyers pointer, but the goal was immediately disallowed due to Miller’s stick being over the crossbar as he passed the puck past Georgiev.
As the fast-paced opening period continued, the Avalanche scored the first goal a couple of minutes after successfully killing a penalty. Cogliano anticipated a bordered puck along the boards that Delia played. Alex Newhook he pulled the puck along the boards after pressure from Cogliano and dropped it into the slot where Cogliano fired a wrist shot past Delia at 11:32 to give the Avalanche their 1–0 lead.
Colorado wrapped up the opening period with back-to-back power plays and taking over 50 seconds of a 5-on-3 5-on-3 to start the second period when MacKinnon drew a hook penalty on Luke Schenn at 19:58.
The Avalanche executed a commanding effort on both sides of the puck in the second quarter as they increased their lead to 4-1 and held the Canucks to just eight shots.
Colorado took advantage of the power play early to start the second period when he lit the lamp at 34 seconds. MacKinnon sent a long pass down the goal line to JT Compher. The center back made a touch with the puck in front of the net where Nichushkin hit the puck past Delia and scored his first goal since the injury and since Oct. 25.
The Avalanche scored their third goal of the night at 10:32 in a 5-on-3 power play as Vancouver was handed a hooking penalty at 8:41 and a too many man penalty at 10:01. On Colorado’s power play, MacKinnon fired a shot from the wing that sailed into the final boards and landed at the near post. Rantanen sent the bounced puck into the net for his team-leading 32nd goal of the season.
The Canucks managed to cut their deficit to 3-1 at 12:32 with an impressive individual effort from Pettersson. The Swedish center picked up a pass from Brock Boeser while he was stationed in the slot with his back to the front of the net. Pettersson grabbed the puck, turned around, dragged his toe across the crease and took the puck from his right to his backhand as he slotted it past a sprawling Georgiev.
Fortunately, the Avalanche added a deflating goal in the final minute of the second period to increase their lead to 4-1. Rantanen sent a pass to the point for Hunt, who skidded on her single shot that beat Delia at 19:27.
The Avalanche blocked the game in the third period and canceled two penalties in doing so to keep the score at 4-1 and the eventual victory.
- Cogliano scored his seventh goal of the season.
- Nichushkin buried his eighth goal of the season and his sixth on the power play. Nichushkin scored for the first time since Oct. 25 when he was in and out of the lineup with a lower-body injury.
- Rantanen recorded his team-leading 32nd goal of the season and his third goal in their last two games.
- Hunt scored his third goal of the season when facing his former club.
- With two assists, MacKinnon extended his scoring streak to seven games where the center has produced 14 points (3G, 11A) in that stretch.
- Makar missed his second straight game of the season due to injury and is listed as part of the day-to-day. The defenseman was on a six-game scoring streak, where he compiled 10 points (4W, 6A) in that span, prior to the injury.
- Georgiev made his 32nd start of the season and improved his record to 18-11-3.
- Colorado finished the game 2 for 4 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty shootout.
- darren helm (lower body) and Makar (injury) were scratches for the avalanche.
The Avalanche wrap up their three-game Western swing as they travel to Seattle for a Saturday night matchup and the second leg of a straight set. The puck falls between Avs and Kraken at 8:00 pm MT.