Rapid Recap: Avalanche 2, Oilers 1 SO

The Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in a shootout thriller on Saturday night at Rogers Place. With the win, Colorado notched its sixth-straight win and extended its point streak to eight games (7-0-1). 

Nathan MacKinnon scored the shootout winner as well as the Avs’ sole regulation strike. After over 40 minutes of scoreless action, Edmonton drew the first strike but MacKinnon evened the score 1-1 late in the third period to send the game into overtime and then a shootout. 

Darcy Kuemper made 49 saves on 50 shots in the shootout victory. 

THE SCORING:

1st Period:

No goals.

2nd Period:

No goals.

3rd Period:

5:24 – EDM 1, COL 0 – Edmonton finally provided the game’s icebreaker as Warren Foegele redirected Darnell Nurse’s wrist shot from distance past Darcy Kuemper to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

14:53 – COL 1, EDM 1 – Nathan MacKinnon swooped in and controlled a bobbling puck and lifted his backhanded shot over Mikko Koskinen to tie the score 1-1. Valeri Nichushkin and Devon Toews picked up the assists. 

Overtime:

No goals.

Shootout:

Round 1: 

Connor McDavid for Edmonton: missed. 

Nathan MacKinnon for Colorado: scored. 

Round 2:

Leon Draisaitl for Edmonton: missed.

Mikko Rantanen for Colorado: missed.

Round 3:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Edmonton: missed.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Avalanche were 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. 

GOALTENDING BATTLE:

Darcy Kuemper made 49 saves on 50 shots for the Avalanche. 

Mikko Koskinen made 33 saves on 34 shots for the Oilers. 

NOTEBOOK:

Kuemper made his 50th start of the season and improved his record to 34-9-3 and has won his last four starts… MacKinnon recorded his 26th goal of the season and now has four goals in his last three games… Burakovsky’s point streak ended at four games where he totaled six points (2G, 4A) in that span… Girard rejoined the lineup in place of Erik Johnson and logged 18:31 minutes… The win marked Colorado’s 52nd of the season which is tied for a franchise record. 

ROSTER REPORT:

Samuel Girard returned to the lineup. 

INJURY UPDATE:

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery while Nazem Kadri and Valeri Nichushkin also did not play.

NEXT GAME:

The Avalanche return to Ball Arena for a four-game homestand beginning on Wednesday night as they host the Los Angeles Kings. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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