Avalanche scores three power-play goals in the win over the Canucks – The Denver Post

VANCOUVER – Avalanche scored three power-play goals and got big fights from center Nazem Kadri and defender Cale Makar to defeat the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in less than a week Wednesday night at Rogers Place.

Avs went 3-on-5 on the power play in a 4-2 win to begin a two-game road trip. Colorado (7-5-1), which has points in six of its last seven games, was 2-for-3 at powerplay in last Thursday’s 7-1 win over the Canucks at the Ball Arena.

Kadri and Makar scored man-advantage goals in 53 seconds early in the third period, shortly after Vancouver used a lucky bounce on goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper to take its only lead of the match. Avs captain Gabe Landeskog added an empty goal with 10 seconds left to complete the three-goal rally from a 2-1 deficit.

It was Avs’ first regular season game in Canada since March 6, 2020, when they lost 6-3 to the Canucks. Vancouver lost its fifth game in a row.

Avs came out strong, producing eight of the first nine shots and taking a 1-0 lead of 7:17 in the first period. The goal came from Rantanen on the powerplay after Makar hit a shot from the right post. The winger Mikko Rantanen took the riposte from Makar’s shot and hit goalkeeper Thatcher Demko with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Avs came into the game ranked No. 27 in the league in power-play percentage (15.2), and the Canucks were last in penalty kills (62.3%).

Kadri got the second assist on Rantanen’s goal and extended his points series to seven games. It is tied to the second longest in his career.

Kadri, however, ruined a magnificent chance for Avs to have a 5-on-3 powerplay and break a 1-1 draw late in the second period. After Vancouver’s Tyler Motte was called to stumble and join teammate Bo Horvat in the penalty box, Kadri was called for interference from the offensive zone faceoff to trim the men’s advantage to 4-on-3. The Canucks killed it and stood 1-1 after 40 minutes.

Kadri made up for it in the third period. On the first of two consecutive power plays, and after Landeskog failed to score on what appeared to be an open net, Kadri chipped the loose puck past Demko in 2:19 – just 58 seconds after that The Canucks went ahead 2-1 on a pinball game. reject a weak shot from the point.

Vancouver took another penalty on the ensuing shift and Makar cashed in at 3:12 for a 3-2 lead.

Footnotes. Avs continued without three key players – strikers Nathan MacKinnon (lower body injury) and JT Compher (upper body) and defender Bo Byram (main). But Byram from Cranbrook, BC, is here with the team and feeling better, Bednar said after Wednesday’s optional morning skate. The young defender did not play against Vancouver, but his presence is good news as he hopes to recover from at least his third concussion in 2021, which was incurred last week against the Canucks. Byram, 20, was limited to just 19 out of 56 games last season due to two concussions, and he told The Athletic he feared he would never play again. “He’s feeling a little bit better (but) I’m not sure his timeline,” Bednar said of Byram. Asked if Byram could resume skating soon, Bednar said, “We hope he can.” … Striker Nicolas Aube-Kubel made his debut with Avs after the start demanded from Philadelphia on the exemption wire last Saturday. He took Avs’ first punishment. … Defender Kurtis MacDermid was Colorado’s only healthy scratch.

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