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Rapid Recap: Ducks 4, Avalanche 3 (OT)

Colorado extends point streak with overtime loss

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Rickard Rakell scored in the final seconds of overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks the 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday at Pepsi Center.

The OT loss ended Colorado's season-long, seven-game winning streak but extended its point streak to nine games (7-0-2), tied for the team's longest of the season.

Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog recorded a season-high three points with a goal and two assists, and Vladislav Namestnikov and Nathan MacKinnon also picked up markers. MacKinnon, who also had an assist, and Tyson Jost (two assists) joined Landeskog with multi-point nights.

Samuel Girard had a helper as well, while goaltender Pavel Francouz made 26 saves.

The Avs and Ducks traded goals throughout the game, with Colorado twice erasing one-goal deficits. Landeskog knotted the contest at 2-2 with 5:31 remaining in the first period, and MacKinnon scored a power-play marker at 7:19 of the third frame to force overtime.

Andrew Agozzino, Brendan Guhle and Sam Steel recorded the regulation goals for the Ducks.

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THE GOALS

1st Period
3:51 COL (1-0) - After a Nathan MacKinnon shot, the puck rebounded off goalie Ryan Miller and bounced off Vladislav Namestnikov and into the goal.
5:34 ANA (1-1) - Andrew Agozzino buried a centering pass in the low slot.
13:40 ANA (1-2) - Brendan Guhle scored on a snap shot after a cross-ice pass found him open at the low right circle.
14:29 COL (2-2) - PPG, With J.T. Compher providing a screen, Gabriel Landeskog tallied short-side to even the contest.

2nd Period
12:48 ANA (2-3) - Right after a Ducks power play expired, Sam Steel scored on a shot from the right circle.

3rd Period
7:19 COL (3-3) - PPG, Nathan MacKinnon took a pass from Gabriel Landeskog, drove to the net and scored to tie the game. 

Overtime
4:58 ANA (3-4) - With 1.2 seconds remaining in the 3-on-3 overtime, Rickard Rakell scored on a shot during a rush up the ice.

Final: Ducks - 4 | Avalanche - 3 (Overtime)

3 STARS

  1. Rickard Rakell (ANA): Tallied the overtime-winner
  2. Gabriel Landeskog (COL): Registered three points
  3. Nathan MacKinnon (COL): Scored the game-tying goal and an assist

Selected by Colorado Hockey Coach of the Game: Ben Bassalay (Northern Colorado Youth Hockey)

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 2 for 3
Anaheim: 0 for 2

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Pavel Francouz made 26 saves.
Anaheim: Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots, including all seven in overtime.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Defending Hard: Colorado has killed a season-high 24 straight short-handed chances and have not allowed a goal in 10 consecutive games, the second longest streak in Avs history (11 games, Dec. 9-31, 2017).

NOTEBOOK

Gabriel Landeskog recorded a goal and two assists for his first three-point game of the season and extended his season-long point streak to six games (three goals, five assists), his longest since Feb. 12-22, 2015 (also six games). It was Landeskog's first three-point game since March 1, 2019 at the San Jose Sharks… Nathan MacKinnon's goal and assist now give him 490 career points, passing Alex Tanguay (488) for sole possession of seventh place in franchise history and fourth place in Avs history in scoring… MacKinnon's tally came on the power play and was his 55th career marker on the man advantage, moving him past Peter Forsberg for third place in team power-play goals since the Avs moved to Denver… Tyson Jost had two assists for his fifth multi-point game for the season and now has six points in his last five games (two goals, four assists). He now has 15 assists on the season, matching his career high set in 2018-19… Samuel Girard (one goal, four assists) has five points in his last five contests… Valeri Nichushkin was celebrating his 25th birthday… The Avalanche had its season-long seven-game winning streak snapped, but the team extended its point streak to nine games (7-0-2), tied for the longest of the year (8-0-1, Nov. 27-Dec. 13)... Colorado is a league-best 15-3-2 in its last 20 games and has collected points in 19 of its last 22 contests (15-3-4)… The Avs' seven shots in overtime are their most in the extra frame since Feb. 3, 2015 at Dallas (8 shots).

QUOTABLE

Tyson Jost on playing tight games: "It's playoff hockey, you are going to have to learn how to win those games, be in those situations. So, we are doing a good job of that and I think we are playing really tight defensively. I don't think we are giving up much. We got to keep doing that because that's playoff hockey and that's the hockey we want to be playing."

BIG HIGHLIGHT

Video: ANA@COL: MacKinnon scores PPG on terrific solo effort

IMAGE OF THE GAME

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ROSTER REPORT

Goaltender Pavel Francouz made his eighth start in the Avs' last nine games.

INJURY UPDATE

Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body) and Mikko Rantanen (upper body) skated prior to morning skate as non-contact participants and are all expected to be back by the end of the season… Cale Makar is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, while Andre Burakovsky (lower body/upper body) is expected to miss the next several contests… Matt Calvert has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury… Colin Wilson (lower body) continues to rehab and do off-ice training following two surgeries earlier this season.

UP NEXT

Colorado opens a three-game road trip on Friday at the Vancouver Canucks before heading to California for a back-to-back. The Avs play at the San Jose Sharks on Sunday and Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The trip is the end of a stretch that has the Avalanche playing eight-of-10 on the road.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on the start of the game

Forwards
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 90 Vladislav Namestnikov
83 Matt Nieto - 37 J.T. Compher - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 17 Tyson Jost - 61 Martin Kaut
81 Vladislav Kamenev - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 25 Logan O'Connor

Defensemen
49 Samuel Girard - 27 Ryan Graves
28 Ian Cole - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 44 Mark Barberio

Goaltenders
39 Pavel Francouz
35 Michael Hutchinson

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