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MacKinnon, Nichushkin Power Avalanche Past Wild

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st.Min Paul.– Nathan McKinnon When Valery Nichushkin With a goal and two assists each, the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-3 at the Excel Energy Center on Monday.

McKinnon has three straight multi-point games (2 goals, 5 assists).

Samuel Girard He had one goal and one assist for the Avalanche (2-1-0). Alexander Georgiev 36 saves.

“thought [Georgiev] Colorado coach Jared Bednar said, “If you look at the goals he’s given up so far this season, it’s all been power plays and goaltenders pulled and delayed penalties. 5-5, “He’s strong. He seems to read where the chances come from. He’s regained his position early on and made some great saves. Both goalkeepers said they played really well towards the end of the game.” We had a few gusts of wind on both ends, but ‘Georgie’ made a big four save in that one scrum, which kept us in the lead.”

Kirill Kaprizov score twice, Karen Addison He gave Minnesota three assists (0-3-0), who haven’t taken the lead this season. Philip Gustafson 32 saves.

Wild have conceded at least six goals in all three games, winning 20-12.

“Goals are a concern,” coach Dean Evason said. “It’s not a goalkeeper. It’s a goalkeeper, a defenseman, a forward, a coach. It’s up to all of us. We give up too many goals. …We’re all to blame.” We will get rid of this together.”

VIDEO: COL@MIN: Rantanen backhands loose puck into net

All three of Minnesota’s goals were scored on power plays.

Ben Myers put the Avalanche ahead 1-0 at 3:30 of the first period. Eric Johnson Shooting through traffic, Myers swerved the puck high into the back of the net.

Kaprizov drew 1-1 at 4:14 after feeds from Addison and Gustafsson were off to extra attackers for late penalties.

girard beat Tyson Jost A loose pack in the offensive zone gave Colorado a 2-1 lead at 15:08 with a backhand in the slot.

Joel Erickson Ek A power play point was flipped by Addison’s slap shot to tie it 2-2 at 6:09 of the second period.

“I think it’s important to create chances to score,” said Eriksson Ek. “I think for us, coming out and really pushing the pace will help us hit those goals.”

Mikko Rantanen Completed a loose pack at the crease to lead the Avalanche 3-2 at 11:59. McKinnon threw the puck wild into his zone during his 4-for-4 play and Gustafsson couldn’t hide it.

“[MacKinnon’s] Playing his game’ Colorado forward JT Confer Said. “Play fast, heavy and smart, play great and get rewarded. Whether he gets points or not, he’s driving the bus and we’re trying to feed it. .”

Josh Manson Skate in and backhand shot from wild defense Alex GorigoskiIt was 2 minutes 02 seconds in the third period that the lead was extended to 4-2 in the skating.

Kaprizov made it 4-3 with a wrist shot from the right circle on a 4:17 power play.

Video: COL@MIN: Kaprizov bounces off power play goal

McKinnon made it 5-3 with a deflection at 14:54 and Nichuskin scored an empty net goal at 19:39 for a 6-3 final.

“It’s tough. We’re in a funk right now,” Addison said. “There’s a lot of bounce we’re not getting both ways. I think we played well. We’re taking steps in the right direction. It shows that we can create attacks. We have to keep doing what we’re doing and we’re going to get out of it.”

Note: It was Gustafsson’s first start in Minnesota. He recorded his 17 saves in his 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. …wild forward Mats Zuccarello Assisted in ice time at 21:14. After finishing his morning skating early, he was suspicious. … Minnesota Forwards Marco Rossi, the 9th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, was a healthy scratch. …wild forward Matt Boldy In 50 NHL games, he had one assist and scored 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists). He was the only two active U.S.-born players to score more points in 50 games. block voser Vancouver Canucks (26 goals, 19 assists) and Patrick Kane (12 goals and 33 assists) is a Chicago Blackhawks player. …MacKinnon became the sixth player in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history to have multi-pointed his game in three or more consecutive games since the start of the season. This is his first since Valeri Kamensky in 1995-96. …Nichushkin has scored in each of his first three games for Colorado, tying a career-high streak of goals set from Nov. 19, 2021 to his 24th. His four goals lead the Avalanche.