This was an offensive explosion, sans of the group ’s most explosive players.
The Avalanche, tied 1-1 after two periods Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center, erupted for 50 shots and three goals inside a 2:32 period of the next period to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 and snap a losing series.
Colorado outshot the Oilers 36-7 at the periods and 50-20 for the match.
Forwards Matt Nieto, Nathan MacKinnon and Logan O’Connor put pucks behind Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen in 3:05, 4:07 along with 5:37, respectively, since Colorado farther demonstrated it could overcome the hefty injury losses of its best forward, including its upper two wingers.
Winger Andre Burakovsky was added to the list if he didn’t come out to the phase. Nieto replaced him and tapped in MacKinnon’s pass to break the tie. MacKinnon subsequently scored his team-high 15th goal before O’Connor, a newcomer in the University of Denver, scored the first of his NHL career.
“That’s great sense, something that you kind of fantasy of your entire life so to have this occur tonight and get the win on top of it was certainly nice,” said O’Connor, who employed a top-shelf back-hand shot for his original aim. “I’ll certainly give my parents a shout after the match; then they ’re certainly visiting back in Calgary. So it’s nice to get that 1 tonight, in front of a good crowd and a huge win for all of us. ”
The Avs (14-8-2) improved to 7-3-1 at home. The Oilers (16-8-3), who saw super Connor McDavid neglect to produce a point for the first time at a 12-game course, were completing a five-game road trip.
The injury-plagued Avs played their first match with no defenseman Erik Johnson, who is day-to-day having an abysmal injury. They chose to play without forward Mikko Rantanen (left leg), Gabe Landeskog (right leg), Colin Wilson (upper-body), Matt Calvert (concussion). Rantanen, who is practicing with the group and advised to reunite Saturday, has missed 15 games. Landeskog and Wilson have been out 13 and Calvert four.
“It’s really been mad. Boys are dropping like flies at this time,” MacKinnon stated. “We simply have to keep weathering the storm till we get healthy. We all know we’re a hell of a group. We began the year 7-0 for a reason, and we now all got injured. We re feeling great. We have to keep confident. We re playing a little differently, I believe; we have to play little more patient and a little more defensive, I believe. ”
— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) November 28, 2019
Footnotes. The Avs’ just healthful scratch was defenseman Mark Barberio. … The Avs will depart for Chicago on Thursday and prepare for Friday’s day match against the Blackhawks at the United Center. The home-and-home set is completed by the teams Saturday at the Pepsi Center.
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