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Avalanche And Senators Meet Again In Global Series Finale

Ottawa took the first matchup on Friday night

by Taylor Hodapp /

The Colorado Avalanche faces the Ottawa Senators for the second time in two days as the clubs wrap up the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ottawa prevailed with 4-3 overtime victory in the first game of the series, improving its record to 7-3-5 while dropping Colorado's season mark to 8-6-1. The match on Saturday will be the last meeting between the two teams this campaign.

The Avalanche is 15-12-2-1 against Ottawa since 1995-96 and has now lost to Ottawa in its last three matchups.

Last Time They Met

In the first of a two-game set between the clubs in Sweden, Ottawa found the net less than a minute into overtime to grab a 4-3 victory.

 Nail Yakupov got Colorado on the scoreboard first with a marker in the opening frame, but the Senators tallied two goals before the first intermission. Alexander Kerfoot tied the game at 2-2 after redirecting a shot from Blake Comeau past netminder Craig Anderson, and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon netted the only goal in the last 20 minutes to send the outing to overtime after the Senators retook the lead. Mark Stone tallied the game-winner after he slipped the puck past goaltender Semyon Varlamov 59 seconds into extra minutes for the win.

Varlamov finished with 28 saves in the loss.

What to Watch

Shots on Goal

After Colorado outshot its opponent 11-9 in the first 20 minutes, the Senators held the Avalanche to just eight shots in the final two regulation periods and overtime. After the final horn blew, Ottawa had outshot Colorado 32-19.

"We had some good movement in the O-zone, but we've got to get the pucks to the net," Landeskog said. "You look at how they score their goals, it's nothing fancy, they just kick it back and get it to the net. Keep shooting the puck. We have to take a page out of that book."

Player to Watch

Colorado: Forward Nathan MacKinnon

Nathan MacKinnon now leads the Avs in scoring with 15 points, registering five goals and 10 assists. The center for the Avalanche's first line has now recorded a point in each of the last five games and has tallied a goal in the last two contests. He has 10 points (four goals and six assists) in those five contests.

Ottawa: Forward Matt Duchene

After an eventful week, Matt Duchene faces his former team for a second time in as many days. The forward didn't find the scoreboard in his first game in a red and black sweater on Friday as he finished with two shots on goal.

The Details

The second game at the Ericsson Globe is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. MT, and the contest will be televised on Altitude and NHL Network in the United States. The radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio AM 950 or online at

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