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Andre Burakovsky: 2020-21 Season In Review

The forward had 14 multi-point performances in 2020-21

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

In the shortened 2020-21 season, forward Andre Burakovsky was one point shy of tying his career highs with 19 goals and 44 points on the campaign.

Burakovsky ranked fourth on the Colorado Avalanche in both goals and points (tied) in 53 games, putting up almost identical numbers to his first season with the Avs in 2019-20. The 26-year-old had 25 assists this season as well, tying his personal best that he set in his first year with Colorado and was one goal shy of matching his career high.

The Malmo, Sweden, native that was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, averaged 2:11 of ice time on the power play per game this past year and set a career high with four man-advantage markers, tied for fifth on the team. Burakovsky found the back of the net 15 times at even strength, the second-most on the club and tied for the 31st most in the league.

Video: ARI@COL: Burakovsky buries feed from Donskoi

Overall, Burakovsky had 14 multi-point performances in 2020-21, including two multi-goal games. His first came in a 9-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Ball Arena on March 31, the first matchup that Colorado played in front of Avs Faithful since March 11, 2020.

His second two-goal outing of the year and 10th of his career came on April 22 at the St. Louis Blues in a 4-2 win that secured a spot for Colorado in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avalanche reached the postseason for a fourth-straight year and was the second NHL club to clinch a berth for the 2021 playoffs.  

Video: COL@STL: Burakovsky scores his second goal of game

Burakovsky ended the regular season on an eight-game point streak (five goals, seven assists) from May 1-13, tying his career-long stretch that he set in 2015-16 as a member of the Washington Capitals. His eight-game run was the longest streak by an Avalanche player to end a regular campaign since Chris Simon also strung together eight contests with a point to close out the 1995-96 campaign (March 27-April 14, 1996).

Like many of the other Avalanche skaters, Burakovsky hit a few milestones during the year. He played in his 400th NHL game on Feb. 26 at the Arizona Coyotes and recorded his 200th NHL point the very next night on Feb. 27 in Arizona.

He also scored his 100th goal in the league on May 10 at the Vegas Golden Knights, becoming the seventh player from the 2013 draft class to reach the century mark.

Video: COL@VGK: Burakovsky rings home a wrister in the slot

"He's been real good coming out of the COVID break (on April 22), now that's [11] games after that by now and he's been pretty good in all of them," said head coach Jared Bednar. "He's been making a difference on the positive side of things for that whole time. We've been moving him around a little bit in the lineup, playing with different guys, and he's helped spark every line he's been on."

Burakovsky finished his seventh NHL season with 48 combined points (44 regular-season points, four postseason points) in 63 total games (53 in the regular season and 10 in the playoffs), showcasing his ability to play on many different lines this year while producing offensively at a high rate.

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