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Wilson Breaks Out Of Scoring Funk, Avs Beat Blackhawks 4-2

DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson scored his first goal in more than a month, Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 shots and the playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche earned their fourth straight win by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Saturday.

J.T. Compher and Sven Andrighetto also scored. Derick Brassard added an empty-netter for an Avalanche team in the thick of the Western Conference wild-card hunt with seven games remaining. They entered the day a point behind Minnesota for the last spot, with the Wild playing later.

Colorado had an array of forwards step up with All-Star Mikko Rantanen missing the game with an upper-body injury. Wilson came through with his first goal since Feb. 7.

Grubauer kept up his torrid play by winning his fourth straight start. He’s allowed four goals over stretch.

Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson had goals for Chicago, while Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots. The loss was a blow for the Blackhawks, who are making a late charge but are now six points behind Colorado.

The two teams face each other again Sunday as part of a back-to-back, home-and-home set.

Andrighetto’s tip-in goal 1:26 into the third period gave the Avalanche a 3-1 lead.

Gustafsson scored with 7:56 remaining on a shot from the blue line, but Brassard wrapped things up on an empty-net goal with 2:20 left.

There was a scary moment in the second period when defenseman Tyson Barrie was hit near the eye by the stick of David Kampf with Colorado on the power play. Barrie quickly skated toward the locker room holding his face.

The Avalanche capitalized on the two-man advantage as Wilson made it 2-1 on a pass from Alexander Kerfoot, who finished with two assists. Moments later, Barrie returned with a bandage over his cut.

Colorado took the early lead in the second period after Compher tipped in a shot. It was the third goal this season against Chicago for the Northbrook, Illinois, native.

Soon after, the Blackhawks tied it up when defenseman Nikita Zadorov turned over the puck near the goal and Toews knocked it in.

The speed of both teams was on display in a scoreless first period that didn’t feature many stoppages. On one occasion, the two teams went about 4 minutes in between whistles.

NOTES: Blackhawks C Dylan Sikura had an assist. … Zadorov made a young fan’s day in pregame by giving her a hockey stick as she sat in the first row. … NHL referee Brad Watson officiated his 1,393rd and final regular-season game Saturday. The players skated over and congratulated him after the game. … Rantanen was hurt Thursday when he was hit into the boards in a win at Dallas. … Captain Gabriel Landeskog remains sidelined by an upper-body injury.


Same two teams meet Sunday in Chicago.

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More ‘Great Goaltending’ From Philipp Grubauer Helps Avalanche Defeat Stars

DALLAS (AP) — Philipp Grubauer was spectacularly stubborn in goal on a night when Colorado’s defense got in on the offense.

Philipp Grubauer (credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Grubauer made a career-high 44 saves, including 23 in the third period, and defensemen Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie scored to help the Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night.

The Colorado goalie has allowed just two goals while facing 104 shots and carrying the Avalanche on a three-game winning streak that has vaulted Colorado into the Western Conference playoff picture.

“Over the last couple games, just take it chance by chance and situation by situation,” Grubauer said. “Read the game, scan who’s on the ice. Scan where they come from. Read where the puck is going. Just simplify it.”

Colorado coach Jared Bednar said Grubauer was the difference against Dallas.

“We get a great goaltending performance from Grubauer and it’s enough to win,” Bednar said. “But I thought first 40 minutes especially, we did a lot of good things, and our guys are having fun right now. They want it, obviously you can see that.”

Carl Soderberg added an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left for the final margin, helping the Avalanche leapfrog idle Minnesota for eighth place in the conference standings. Colorado took a deep tiebreaker lead over Arizona, which lost Thursday, for the second wild card. Colorado and Arizona have 78 points each, and the Avalanche currently would advance based on a better goal differential. The Coyotes will play at Colorado on March 29.

Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal for Dallas with 5:01 to play. Ben Bishop made 29 saves, but his personal winning streak ended at six games.

“I did think Colorado’s desperation in the first period was above ours,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “In the second period, I thought it was even, and then in the third I thought our desperation exceeded theirs.”

Even though the Stars are 1-2-1 in the first four games of a homestand, Montgomery insisted his team is on the right track.

“We’re going to end up on the right side of the scoresheet if we keep playing this way,” he said.

Dallas retained the first wild card by a four-point margin, but fell four points behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.

Colorado outshot the Stars 13-9 in the first period.

Momentum shifted in Dallas’ direction in the second period – until the Avalanche scored at 17:20. Samuel Girard sent a pass to Johnson high in the left faceoff circle. Johnson one-timed a slap shot inside the left goalpost.

“I was ready for it,” Bishop said. “He’s just got kind of a heavy shot and just got on me quick. Maybe one I’d like to have back, but it was a pretty good shot.”

After two periods, the shots were even at 21.

Barrie scored at 5:19 of the third, sending a wrist shot from the top of the right circle in off the left post.

“Creating offense is a five-man job,” Bednar said, “so we need the help from our (defense) and we got it tonight. Tyson Barrie seems to have caught fire here a little bit.”

Barrie has scored four of his 11 goals in the last three games.

Seguin, frustrated by Grubauer on close-in shots, finally scored from the outside edge of the right circle.

“I thought we all played pretty good,” Bishop said. “I thought Grubauer played excellent and kind of stole the game.”

NOTES: Johnson’s goal, his first in 20 games, came on his 31st birthday. … Barrie’s goal was his 300th career point. … Colorado acquired Grubauer in a trade with Washington completed during the 2018 NHL draft at the American Airlines Center, the Stars’ home ice. … Seguin’s 28th goal ended a nine-game drought. He had 10 shots on goal. MacKinnon and Dallas captain Jamie Benn each had nine.


Avalanche: Return home Saturday for the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series with Chicago.

Stars: Complete a five-game homestand against Pittsburgh on Saturday before taking a four-game trip to western Canada.

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Avalanche Fan Does An Impressive Backflip For A Puck

DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado Avalanche fan held up a sign at the Pepsi Center Sunday saying she’d do a backflip for a puck. Then she proceeded to demonstrate that she’d back up her claim.

In a video posted to the team’s Twitter account, the young woman is seen wearing an Avs jersey next to the ice with friends. She clears a little room and then does a backflip and sticks the landing perfectly.

(credit: Colorado Avalanche)

Her sign said JOSTY on it, referencing player Tyson Jost.

(credit: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The team initially didn’t know who the fan was, but they later tweeted that they figured it out and will present her with her wish. They wrote: “A (well-deserved) Josty-signed puck is headed her way.”

The Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Sunday.

Avalanche Lose On Late Game Goal To Ducks

DENVER (AP) — Corey Perry scored twice, including the goal-ahead goal with 56.9 seconds remaining, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Friday night. Perry knocked in the winner shortly after Mikko Rantanen was whistled for a high-sticking penalty. Hampus Lindholm added an empty-netter to seal the victory.

Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Daniel Sprong all scored in the second period as the Ducks erased a 2-0 deficit. Colorado’s Sven Andrighetto tied the game at 3 with 11:18 remaining, setting the stage for Perry.

The Ducks were coming off a 6-1 loss in Arizona the night before, but were the more energetic team most of the night.

Gibson had 12 of his 41 saves in the third period. He’s now 7-2 in his career against Colorado.

A three-day break energized the Avalanche early as they got goals from Nathan MacKinnon and Rantanen in the first period. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves.

With 11 games to play, Colorado now trails the Coyotes by five points for the final wild card in the Western Conference.

Andrighetto tied the game with his first goal since Feb. 14. After that, Gibson proceeded to make two big saves, one by knocking the puck away from the goal line with his stick and another by stopping Nikita Zadorov on a breakaway.

Perry started the Ducks rolling in the second period with his fourth goal of the season. Just 1:15 later, Getzlaf got into the act. Sprong then knocked in another to give Anaheim the lead and silence the crowd.

The Avalanche used long passes to set up both goals in the first period. On the first, Samuel Girard sent a deep strike to J.T. Compher, who fed it over to MacKinnon for the score. On a power play late in the period, Tyson Barrie lined a lengthy pass to Rantanen, who lifted a backhand shot over Gibson.

Denver native and Anaheim forward Troy Terry had a large contingent of family and friends on hand as he played at Pepsi Center for the first time in his NHL career.

“It’s pretty special for me, to grow up here and now be back and playing against the Avalanche,” said Terry, who also played down the road at the University of Denver.

NOTES: Ducks F Ryan Kesler missed a fifth game with a hip injury. “I have no timeline. I don’t know when he’s coming back,” general manager and interim coach Bob Murray said. … Avalanche F Tyson Jost was taken out to dinner by his teammates to celebrate his 21st birthday on Thursday. … Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog was sidelined a third straight game with an upper-body injury. … F Matt Calvert took a shot off his left glove and was seen shaking his hand on the bench.

Ducks: Start a three-game homestand Sunday against Florida.
Avalanche: Finish a four-game homestand Sunday against New Jersey.

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer

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MacKinnon, Grubauer Lead Avs To 3-0 Win Over Sabres

DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Philipp Grubauer stopped 18 shots for his second shutout of the season and the playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Saturday.

Mikko Rantanen scored on the power play and Gabriel Bourque added a full-length, empty-net goal for the Avalanche, who were missing captain Gabriel Landeskog with the All-Star forward sidelined four-to-six weeks due to an upper-body injury. Colorado sits two points behind Minnesota for the final wild-card spot with 13 games remaining.

The Sabres dropped their fourth straight on coach Phil Housley’s 55th birthday. Carter Hutton turned back 40 shots in a game that was filled with plenty of minor skirmishes once the whistle sounded.

Rantanen’s 30th goal of the season gave Colorado a 2-0 lead midway through the third and Bourque added his first goal of the season to seal the win. Grubauer made 11 of his saves in the third period as Colorado outshot the Sabres by a 43-18 margin.

MacKinnon made it 1-0 early in the second period when he was knocked down by a check in the back by Jack Eichel near center ice, quickly got back up, skated past defenseman Rasmus Dahlin at the blue line and lined a shot over the glove of Hutton. It was MacKinnon’s 35th goal of the season.

Later in the second period, Eichel drew a penalty for an illegal hit to the head on Carl Soderberg.

That after Eichel was on the receiving end of a big check in the opening period. Eichel was skating along the boards when hard-hitting Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov hit Eichel in the shoulder area and knocked off Eichel’s helmet. Buffalo players raced to the defense of their young center. Several players were sent to the penalty box for roughing, including Zadorov, who was drafted by Buffalo in 2013 before being dealt to Colorado two years later.

On the power play, Buffalo had a golden opportunity at the game’s first goal when Jason Pominville tried to put a rebound into an open net. At the last instant, Soderberg lifted his stick to disrupt the play.

Near the end of a scoreless first period, Sam Reinhart had a breakaway after he flew out of the penalty box following a penalty. He was stopped by the left pad of a sprawling Grubauer.

The Avalanche were missing a big chunk of their offense in the absence of Landeskog, who was hurt Thursday at Dallas when he collided with Stars goaltender Ben Bishop. Landeskog has 33 goals this season.

NOTES: Sabres D Jake McCabe (upper body) missed a third straight game. … Colorado D Tyson Barrie recorded his 40th assist of the season. … Colorado beat Buffalo 6-1 on Oct. 11.


Sabres: Host Dallas on Tuesday night.

Avalanche: Host Carolina on Monday night.

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Avs Shut Out 4th Time This Season In Loss To Stars

DALLAS (AP) — Alexander Radulov recorded his first career hat trick in his return after missing the previous game for disciplinary reasons, and Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots in his second consecutive shutout as the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Thursday night. Jamie Benn added his 25th goal of the season for the Stars, who hold the first wild card in the Western Conference. Benn also assisted on Radulov’s first goal.

Radulov scored once in each period, including an empty-net breakaway with 2:58 left in the game. That gave the 32-year-old Russian his first hat trick in his six NHL seasons, and he now has 20 goals this season.

With its fourth win in a row, Dallas has 75 points and moved five points ahead of the Avalanche, who started the night the first team out of the second wild card.

Radulov was a healthy scratch by coach Jim Montgomery and didn’t play in the Stars’ 1-0 home win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday after he arrived late for the morning skate. He was also benched for part of a period earlier this season.

Bishop got his 29th career shutout, and has held consecutive teams scoreless for the first time in his 362 career games over 11 NHL seasons. He had 28 saves in that win against the Rangers and has gone more than 124 minutes since giving up a goal.

Dallas went ahead to stay with 3:46 left in the first period when Radulov was in front of the net and shot the puck past Semyon Varlamov into the right side of the net. About midway through the second period, Radulov whizzed another shot into the right side, this time from the top of the right circle.

Benn scored on a one-timer after Jason Dickinson regained control of the puck after his shot was rejected by Varlamov. Dickinson was behind the net when he passed to Benn, who had a hat trick Saturday in St. Louis.

NOTES: Varlamov had 26 saves. He was replaced by backup Philipp Grubauer for a few minutes in the third period when he had to leave the ice to take care of a skate issue. He did return to the game. … Stars F Andrew Cogliano was back in the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. Cogliano, acquired from Anaheim in a trade in mid-January, had never before missed games because of injury in his 12 NHL seasons. … Dallas F Radek Faksa (neck) didn’t play. He missed the final 10 minutes Tuesday after getting into the boards on a play that drew a game misconduct penalty.


Avalanche: Host Buffalo on Saturday in the first of four consecutive home games.
Stars: Play their third home game in a row, Saturday against Chicago.


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Nathan MacKinnon’s OT Goal Gives Avalanche 4-3 Win Over Red Wings

DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon wiped away a season’s worth of overtime frustration with a goal that was critical to Colorado’s playoff push.

MacKinnon scored 2:29 into OT and also had an assist to help the Avalanche rally past the skidding Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Tuesday night.

His 34th goal of the season gave Colorado two valuable points in the Western Conference wild-card chase. The Avalanche kept pace with Dallas and gained a point on Minnesota, which lost in a shootout at Nashville.

Colorado trails Dallas by three points and Minnesota by two. The Avalanche and Wild each have 15 games left, while the Stars have 16 remaining.

“There’s 15 games left so all these points mean a lot,” Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie said.

The Avalanche came back twice in the final 10 minutes of regulation to send the game to an extra period, where they have struggled. They entered 1-11 in overtime and 1-1 in shootouts but have now won two straight beyond regulation.

“It’s just gotten to a point where it’s blocking our minds a bit and you don’t have that confidence or swagger,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “But tonight, tying it up twice in the last 10 minutes, there’s no reason not to have swagger.”

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists for Colorado, and Barrie tied it late in the third period. He also had an assist.

MacKinnon got the winner when he skated into the Detroit zone, got a pass from Rantanen and beat goalie Jonathan Bernier with a wrister from the slot.

“I just shot it. I wasn’t aiming for the post or anything, just find the right side,” MacKinnon said. “I think it kind of went by his ear so it was an awkward spot to put his hand. It was exciting. It’s exciting to finally win one in OT.”

The Red Wings have lost eight straight, three in overtime, but appeared poised to win when Filip Zadina put them ahead with his first NHL goal at 17:43 of the third after Colorado was given a minor penalty for too many men on the ice.

“It feels good and hopefully we win some games soon and it will be sweeter,” he said.

Zadina, drafted sixth overall last year, was playing in his fourth game since being recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

“He looks like he’s a heck of a competitor and a guy who wants to play winning hockey,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s got the right ingredients to be a good player in this league. How good and how quick, you never know. The games he’s played up here in so far up he’s taken steps in the right direction each game. The biggest key in this league is you’ve got to keep taking steps forward.”

Barrie spoiled Zadina’s storybook ending when he scored on a drive from the point 42 seconds later with goalie Semyon Varlamov off for an extra skater.

Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser also scored for Detroit, and Bernier made 30 saves.

Detroit went up 2-1 early in the third when DeKeyser scored his fourth of the season at 2:22. It stayed that way until Rantanen’s goal on Colorado’s third power play tied it at 8:30. It was his 29th of the season.

The Red Wings were outshot 5-0 for the first 6:28 but got the first goal of the night when Kronwall’s shot from the point hit off Colorado center Sheldon Dries and went through Varlamov’s legs at 16:47 of the first period.

J.T. Compher got the Avalanche even when his shot from the slot beat Bernier high at 1:44 of the second. The goal came 26 seconds after Detroit killed off a minor penalty.

NOTES: Detroit LW Thomas Vanek returned after missing three games. … Varlamov made 20 saves. … There was a moment of silence before the national anthem to honor Red Wings great Ted Lindsay, who died Monday at age 93. … Three Avalanche players have connections to the state of Michigan. Ian Cole is from Ann Arbor, Dries is from Macomb Township and Compher played for the University of Michigan. … Kronwall’s goal was his third of the season and first since Dec. 20 at Carolina.


Red Wings: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Avalanche: At the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press

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Avalanche’s J.T. Compher Having His Best Season As A Pro

Colorado Avalanche forward J.T. Compher joined CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer for Xfinity Monday Live at The ViewHouse Centennial on Monday.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – The Avs have lost two straight games, including a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Still, J.T. Compher says he’s optimistic about his team’s chances at making the NHL playoffs.

J.T. Compher (credit: CBS)

“We’re not in a perfect spot, but we’re in a good spot to make a playoff run and make that push,” said Compher. “We’re very confident with the group we have, and the belief system is very high. We know that if we play our best and play good hockey we have a chance to make the playoffs.”

Compher is having his best season as a pro. He has 29 points on the year with 14 goals and 15 assists.

“I put in a lot of time this summer to make sure that I could do everything possible to help the team and make the playoff push like we’re making right now,” said Compher.

The Avs have 16 games remaining, including a Tuesday night matchup with the Detroit Red Wings at the Pepsi Center.