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MacKinnon Caps Homestand With a Bang

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 9:32 PM / News
By Scott Ward

Nathan MacKinnon showcased his world-class speed late in the second period Friday and capped an impressive two-week homestand with a one-on-one score against New York goaltender Kevin Poulin for Colorado’s only score.

Nathan MacKinnon
Center  - COL
Goals: 15 | Assists: 14 | Pts: -
Shots: - | +/-: -
The Islanders’ Thomas Hickey lost the puck on his way into the Avs zone with just under two minutes to play in the second, and Colorado’s Andre Benoit picked it up and threw it back to MacKinnon, just in front of the blue line.

Hickey and defenseman Matt Donovan had an angle and gave chase, but they had no chance. Not with MacKinnon’s speed on open ice. The Avs rookie was past both by the time he left the neutral zone and only had Poulin between him and his NHL rookie-leading 15th goal of the season.

MacKinnon slightly pushed the puck left and then came back right about five feet in front of the crease. He went low to the glove side. The rubber hit the net. His arms went in the air.



•    The Avs finished their season-long seven-game homestand with a 4-1-2 record (.714%)…It ranks as the second-best homestand of at least seven-games in franchise history…The Avs went 6-2-1 (.722%) during a nine-game stay from Feb. 9 to March 9, 2002.
•    The Islanders have won six straight road games.
•    Nathan MacKinnon scored his 15th goal of the season, tying San Jose’s Tomas Hertl for the most among all NHL rookies…MacKinnon already leads all rookies in points with 29.
•    MacKinnon has scored five goals in his last four games and has seven goals in his last seven contests (7g/1a).
•    Jamie McGinn recorded his 100th career point.



Avalanche Falls to Islanders on Grabner's OT Goal

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 11:13 PM

Rick Sadowski |

DENVER -- The road has turned into a comfortable place for the New York Islanders, who defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in overtime Friday at Pepsi Center for their sixth straight win away from home.

"We're battling, we're playing hard," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, whose team lost 10 consecutive on the road earlier in the season. "Tonight, we had 20 guys going. Not for the 60 minutes, but we picked it up when we had to pick it up. That's what I liked about our team tonight.

"We've been a decent road team. Simple hockey maybe, and doing the right things. Goaltending has been pretty good for us. Our special teams on the road over the last two weeks have been good."

Kevin Poulin stopped 30 shots and Michael Grabner scored at 1:46 of overtime to give the Islanders (17-22-7) their third win in a row and sixth in seven games.

Grabner skated through a crowded goalmouth into the corner, where he almost lost the puck before reversing direction. He moved into the slot and fired a shot past Semyon Varlamov for his second goal in two games.




Listen as the Altitude Radio Network recaps the Avs' 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders.


Click on the picture below to see the complete photo gallery from Avalanche-Islanders.



'Duchene vs. Tavares' an Intriguing Matchup

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 4:08 PM / News
By Scott Ward

Matt Duchene was selected third overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and ever since has become one of the top players in the NHL, made evident Tuesday morning when he was chosen for Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team for next month’s Games in Sochi, Russia.


Only two players’ names were called before Duchene’s in that 2009 draft, and one of them, top-overall selection John Tavares, will be on the opposite side tonight when the Avalanche (27-12-4) takes on the New York Islanders (16-22-7) at Pepsi Center.

Duchene has 98 goals in 306 games—he will become the 20th player in franchise history and ninth in Avalanche history to reach 100 career goals—and Tavares has 132 career scores in 335 games.

The two have been friends since their inclusion in the NHL, and their careers have often been compared. Their individual play tonight figures to be a key factor in which of their teams leaves town with a victory.

The Avalanche flies to Minneapolis afterward and will play the Wild tomorrow night.




Marc Moser of the Altitude Radio Network talks to Gabriel Landeskog as the Avs get set for the New York Islanders. Also, coach Patrick Roy's pregame news conference.


The Avalanche and Islanders are meeting for the first time since Nov. 10, 2011, a 4-3 Avalanche victory in overtime at Pepsi Center.  Tonight is the first of two meetings between Colorado and New York, who will face off in Long Island in the final game before the Olympic Break on Feb. 8.  The Avalanche/Nordiques are 35-33-5 all-time against the Islanders.  Colorado is 12-8-2 against New York since relocating to Denver, 8-2-2 at home.

•   Gabriel Landeskog has a career-high eight-game point streak (3g/8a).  It’s the longest scoring streak by an Avalanche player since Kevin Shattenkirk had a nine-game streak from Nov. 17 to Dec. 4, 2010.  Gabe also has a career-best four-game assist streak (6a).
•   Landeskog recorded a career-high three assists in Wednesday's victory over the Senators.
•   Semyon Varlamov is 7-0-4 in his last 12 games (11 starts), his longest streak without a regulation loss in his NHL career (11 decisions).  His previous best was a 9-0-1 stretch from Dec. 13, 2008 - Oct. 29, 2009.  Varlamov is the first Avalanche goaltender to go 11 decisions without a regulation defeat since Peter Budaj went a franchise-record 16 straight decisions (13-0-3) without suffering a regulation loss from Feb. 24 to April 5, 2007.  Varlamov, who's last regulation defeat was Dec. 10 vs. Phoenix, has a 2.21 GAA and .934 Sv% during this run (706 min, 394 shots, 26 goals).
•   Varlamov earned his 20th victory of the season on Wednesday, reaching 20 wins for the second time in his career (26 in 2011-12).
•   Paul Stastny has recorded three consecutive multi-point games, totaling eight points in his last three contests (2g/6a).
•   Jamie McGinn has scored a goal in four of his last five games.



Avalanche Finishes Homestand vs. Resurgent Islanders
Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 3:32 PM

ISLANDERS (16-22-7) at AVALANCHE (27-12-4)

TV: Altitude, MSG PLUS

Last 10: New York 7-3-0; Colorado 5-2-3

Season series: This is the first of two games between the Islanders and Avalanche. They last played Nov. 10, 2011 at Pepsi Center, with Kyle Quincey's power-play goal 2:39 into overtime helping Colorado rally from a three-goal deficit to defeat New York 4-3.

Big story: Although the Islanders sit in eighth in the Metropolitan Division, they cannot be counted out of the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A team that lost 10 straight road games earlier this season has won five straight away from home and six of eight overall.

"You start to win a few of these and obviously the confidence comes back,'' Islanders captain John Tavares said. "With our group it's a lot of the same guys who were here last year, and we were a team that did a good job late in games. That's what got us to the playoffs [last season]: finding ways to win.''

The Avalanche concludes a season-long, seven-game homestand Friday. It improved to 4-1-1 Wednesday with a wild 4-3 overtime against Ottawa. Semyon Varlamov will start in goal against the Islanders and Saturday night at the Minnesota Wild, according to head coach Patrick Roy.

"I asked him how he felt about it and he said, 'Why not?'" Roy said.



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