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Postgame Wrap-Up: Another High-Scoring Affair

The Avalanche received scoring through its lineup at the Vancouver Canucks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--The Colorado Avalanche received secondary scoring for the second consecutive game, but once again couldn't pick up the victory.

Five different Avs found the back of the net and another six picked up at least an assist Friday in a 7-6 overtime loss against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

"The game had some pace to it, guys moving north on both sides of the ice," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar. "I thought they did a good job of stretching the zone, got it behind our D on a couple plays in the first. Some grade-A chances off the rush there, guys breaking loose on both sides of it. I thought they capitalized on some of theirs, we didn't. It was wide open."

Colorado played its second high-scoring affair in as many nights after it lost 6-5 at the Calgary Flames on Thursday. That was a game that also had five different Avalanche players score, but one only one point (a goal) came from the top line.

The Avs were much more pleased with their play in the second half of their back-to-back set.

"I think every chance they had, they scored," said Nathan MacKinnon following the contest in Vancouver. "I thought we outplayed them the whole game. Especially in the first period, we had a good game. I thought we were buzzing tonight. I just thought we had some mental breakdowns… Tonight it seemed like everything went in. Every time we made a mistake, they scored, so it's unfortunate."

The Avs still received a good chunk of scoring from their top unit versus the Canucks, as MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Mikko Rantanen had three helpers and Gabriel Landeskog registered one assist.

Alexander Kerfoot, Sheldon Dries, Nikita Zadorov and Ian Cole also tallied on Friday.

"Everyone is contributing, which is awesome," MacKinnon said. "I think we have four good lines that can score right now. That's great to have."

The Avalanche recorded five or more goals for the sixth time this season, which is the most of any team in the league. The club tallied four markers in a wild second period that saw seven total goals scored on 20 combined shots.

"It opened up a little bit," Rantanen said of the middle frame. "We started to play our game, especially offensively we were skating hard, but defensively we were not sharp enough and we were not strong enough in front of the net. They scored a couple goals from there."

Colorado finishes its two-game Western Canada road trip with a 0-1-1 record and one point, but Bednar still likes the progress the team is making. He said the Avs could have won three of their last four losses, and a play here or there could have been the difference in flipping those scores.

"This sounds crazy, but I'm not going to judge our team just on results alone," said Bednar. "The Calgary game to me, unacceptable, all the way around, can't happen. Our commitment and details were very poor and our compete level wasn't where it needed to be to win in this league. I liked our effort tonight."

BACK ON THE BOARD: After being held off the scoresheet on Thursday in Calgary, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen found themselves back on it against the Canucks with three-point nights.

Rantanen continues to lead the league in scoring with 24 points (five goals and 19 assists) while MacKinnon moves into second place with 21 points (11 goals and 10 assists).

It is the seventh time in franchise history and the first since 1995-96 (Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg) that Colorado has had multiple players with 20 or more points through the team's first 14 games.

MacKinnon's 11 goals are tied with Gabriel Landeskog for the team lead, and the linemates are also tied atop the NHL leaderboard in the category with Boston's David Pastrnak and Chicago's Patrick Kane.

The Avalanche now has multiple players (Landeskog and MacKinnon) with 10 or more markers through the first 14 games of a season for the fifth time in franchise history and first since 1992-93 (Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin with Quebec Nordiques).

BARRIE CLIMBING: Tyson Barrie continues to establish himself as one of the best offensive defensemen in franchise history.

The Victoria, British Columbia, native had an assist against Vancouver to tie Adam Foote (259 points) for second place on the franchise's defenseman scoring list. John-Michael Liles holds the record with 275 points.

Barrie is one tally way from tying Rob Blake (62) for the third-most goals by a D-man in Avalanche/Nordiques history, and he is one assist away for 200 in his career. The blueliner also extended his point/assist streak to four contests.

WILSON, WILSON!: Colin Wilson recorded his second consecutive multi-point outing with two assists. He had a goal and an helper on Thursday at the Calgary Flames.

It was his first back-to-back multi-point output since March 23-25, 2017 when he was a member of the Nashville Predators.

The forward has now scored multiple points in three of the first 14 contests of the year. He only had two such outings last season.

DEFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS: Ian Cole and Nikita Zadorov each recorded their first goals of the season against the Canucks, and Avalanche defensemen have now scored four goals in the last four games.

For Cole, it was his first tally with the Avalanche after signing with the club as a free agent in the offseason.

He also recorded two blocked shots and now leads the league with 42. His 3.1 blocked shots per game ranks fourth.

MORE NOTES: Sheldon Dries has now scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

Gabriel Bourque finished with two blocked shots and ranks second among league forwards in the category with 18 (Ottawa's Tom Pyatt ranks first with 23).

The Avalanche wrapped up its second of 11 back-to-back sets for 2018-19. Colorado is 1-1-0 in the first game and 0-1-1 in the second contest of back-to-backs this season.

The 13 combined goals between the teams is a season high for an Avalanche game this season and the second-straight contest in which the Avs have combined with their opponent for 11+ tallies.

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