After annihilating the Sabres in a 6-1 defeat on Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche did it again tonight! The team defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 and brought home their second win of a five-game road trip.
The Colorado Avalanche did a stellar job tonight as a team, bringing home their second straight win and two more points. They beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1. I was hoping I’d be able to write about the team winning soon after covering their loss by the Flyers earlier this week, and now I get my chance!
Let’s see how this game played out across the three periods.
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The game started off with great movement from the second line, featuring Valeri Nichushkin, Nazem Kadri, and Andre Burakovsky. The chemistry between the three was visible and led to the first goal of the night. At 7:57, Nichushkin got a pass from Burakovsky and scored his tenth goal of the year, continuing his point streak.
Even though the Avalanche had outshot the Senators 17-0 for most of the period, towards the end they got…Tkachuk-ed. At 19:10, Brady Tkachuk got a breakaway and scored, tying the game. He was assisted by Chris Tierney and Connor Brown. This would be the last time the Senators scored for the night.
Coming back hot, the game was on as the second period started. At 4:08, Matt Nieto scored, assisted by Tyson Jost and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, bringing the score up to 2-1 Avalanche, giving him what would end up being the game-winning goal. Then, four minutes later at 8:03, Cale Makar scored on the power play, assisted by Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon, bringing the score up to 3-1.
This gave Makar his 12th goal, continuing his record-setting year as a defenseman rookie for the Avalanche.
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In a special note, this brought Cale Makar’s points up to 40, giving him the most points for a rookie defenseman with 12 goals and 28 assists, taking back the lead from Canucks player Quinn Hughes.