Mikko Rantanen took into account all three goals and Philipp Grubauer 21 saves in the 3-0 win for the Colorado Avalanche against the San Jose Sharks at Ball Arena on Friday. It was the 1000th victory in the history of the Avs.
Grubauer, Rantanen and Joonas Donskoi Everyone was playing in their first games since seeing the time on the league’s COVID log list. Grubauer’s shutout was his sixth of the year, while Rantanen, who has one goal and two assists, put in a three-point performance for the fourth time this season. Donskoi also found the result sheet with a support.
Cale Makar had a goal and a template as captain Gabriel Landeskog also found the back of the net. Makar and Landeskog both came to power play, the ninth time the Avs have scored multiple Man Advantage markers in one game this year.
Nathan MacKinnon saw his 15-point streak come to an end. It was a career high and the longest streak in the NHL that year.
Colorado and San Jose wrap up the back-to-back set on Saturday. The Avs are a combined 11-1-3 in two consecutive games, now with a 7-1-0 mark in the first game while holding a 4-0-3 record in the second.
11:13 COL (1-0) – PPG, Cale Makar‘s shot from the blue line was deflected by Gabriel Landeskog into the network.
13:13 COL (2-0) – PPG, Cale Makar scored his sixth goal of the year with a shot from the point that came through traffic.
18:21 COL (3-0) – ENG, Mikko Rantatnen hit an empty net from the neutral zone.
Final: Avalanche – 3 | Sharks – 0
- Philipp Grubauer (COL): 21 saves made on his return to the line-up
- Mikko Rantanen (COL): Got two templates and added them
- Cale Makar (COL): Had a goal and an assist
Chosen by the Colorado Hockey Coach of the Game: Molli Mott (Rocky Mountain Lady Roughriders)
Colorado: 2 for 4
San Jose: 0 for 4
Colorado: Philipp Grubauer started for the first time since April 12th and stopped all 21 shots he was faced with.
San Jose: Martin Jones allowed two goals in 35 shots.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
The win was the Avalanche’s 1,000th regular season win since moving to Denver. Colorado has played 1,970 games since moving from Quebec to Mile High City in 1995 and now holds a record 1000-727-101-142. Only five other franchises have won over 1,000 in that time: Detroit (1059), Dallas (1023), Pittsburgh (1022), Washington (1011), and St. Louis (1004).
Philipp Grubauer started for the first time since April 12th and stopped 21 shots to record his sixth shutout of the season and improve to 26-8-1 over the previous year. He has now conceded 17 career goals, five of which will face San Jose … Nathan MacKinnon watched his 15-point streak come to an end. It was a new career high and the longest run in the NHL this season and the longest by an Avalanche player since Paul Stastny’s 2006-07 20 game run … Cale Makar scored a goal and added an assist to be eighth multi-game to register points game in 2020-21. Both points came from the power play, his fourth game with two man advantage points this season… Makar improved to 37 points (six goals, 31 assists) in 36 competitions this season, the only NHL defender to average more than one point scored -pro-game in 2020-21 … Mikko Rantanen recorded two helpers and scored on his return to the line-up, his fourth three-point outing, his 17th game with more than one point this year and his sixth competition with one empty net two templates … Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado and Kevin LaBanc of San Jose fought at 9:38 am in the third period. It was MacKinnon’s first fight of the year … The Avalanche scored two power play goals for the ninth time this year. The team is 7-2-0 when it counts twice over man advantage … It seemed like Tomas Hertl of San Jose scored at 10:09 in the third half but the Avalanche challenged the game for offside and it was knocked over … Colorado is now 3-on-3 in the Coach’s Challenges this season … The Avs ended April with a 9-4-0 record. Colorado’s nine wins and 18 points are the highest so far this month … April marked the Avalanche’s 13th “win” month in a row, going back to February 2019, extending the franchise brand. The previous record was 10 straight wins from March 2000 to October 2001. Colorado have reached the third-longest home points streak in franchise history 13-0-1 in their last 14 games at Ball Arena. Avs have won five straight games on home ice. April. The club is in a phase of playing on the street from April 5th to May 10th 14 of 17. Avalanche is 8-0-0 on Fridays this season … The outing opened Colorado’s eighth back-to-back the season. The Avs are a combined 11-1-3 in two consecutive games, now with a 7-1-0 mark in the first game while holding a 4-0-3 record in the second.
Video: SJS @ COL: Makar’s shot finds a line for PPG in the 1st
IMAGE OF THE GAME
Captain with the good hair.
Goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer and striker Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Donskoi All returned to the line-up after being on the league’s COVID protocol list. This year, Grubauer started online for the 34th time and for the first time since April 12th. Rantanen started the game on a line with Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon, while Donskoi was in the trio with him Carl Soderberg and Nazem Kadri. Tyson Jost centered the second line with Andre Burakovsky and Valery Nichushkinwhile Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was between Pine Sherwood and JT Compher on the fourth combination. The defensive pairs stayed the same.
Samuel Girard left the game in the middle of the third period after falling into the endboards and did not return. Ryan Graves left the game early in the first period with an upper body injury and did not return. Bowen Byram (Upper body) and Logan O’Connor (Lower body) are suffering setbacks in their recovery during each week after week Matt Calvert (Upper body) and Jacob MacDonald (Lower body) are both week by week and with their ailments. Forward Brandon Saad is also out for two to four weeks with a lower body injury. goalkeeper Pavel Francouz (Lower body) is out for the rest of the year, and Erik Johnson (Upper body) could go deep into the playoffs.
The Avalanche and Sharks will finish their back-to-back set at Ball Arena on Saturday before ending their four-game streak in San Jose on Monday and Wednesday.
Based on the start of the game
92 Gabriel Landeskog – 29 Nathan MacKinnon – 96 Mikko Rantanen
95 Andre Burakovsky – 17 Tyson Jost – 13 Valeri Nichushkin
34 Carl Soderberg – 91 Nazem Kadri -72 Joonas Donskoi
44 Sherwood Pine – 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – 37 JT Compher
49 Samuel Girard – 7 Devon Toews
27 Ryan Graves – 8 Cale Makar
24 Patrik Nemeth – 22 Conor Timmins
31 Philipp Grubauer
40 Devan Dubnyk