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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 4, Stars 2

Nathan MacKinnon scores twice, Mikko Rantanen has a goal and an assist

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to help the Colorado Avalanche pick up a 4-2 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday at Ball Arena to conclude the preseason.

Mikko Rantanen (one goal, one assist) and Andre Burakovsky (two assists) also had multi-point efforts in the matchup. J.T. Compher sealed the win with a empty-net marker while Samuel Girard, Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri also found the scoresheet with a helper each. Goaltender Jonas Johansson made 18 saves.

Denis Gurianov and Jacob Peterson tallied for Dallas while Tyler Seguin assisted on both markers. Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots in the game.

Colorado opens the regular season on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks at Ball Arena. 

THE GOALS

1st Period
3:45 COL (1-0) - Andre Burakovsky found Nathan MacKinnon open back door and he tapped the puck into an open part of the net.

2nd Period
6:18 DAL (1-1) - PPG, Denis Gurianov one-timed a bouncing puck from the right circle and it went into the net.
8:49 COL (2-1) - PPG, Andre Burakovsky passed to Mikko Rantanen at the goal line and he deflected the puck into the net.  

3rd Period
6:11 COL (3-1) - Nathan MacKinnon one-timed a pass from Mikko Rantanen from below the left circle.
11:14 DAL (3-2) - PPG, Denis Gurianov's centering pass was deflected by Jacob Peterson into the cage. 
18:52 COL (4-2) J.T. Compher scored into an empty net. 

Final: Avalanche - 4 | Stars - 2

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 1 for 5
Dallas: 2 for 4

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Jonas Johansson played in his third game of the preseason and made 18 saves.
Dallas: Braden Holtby stopped 27-of-30 shots.

NOTEBOOK

Colorado finished the preseason 2-4-0 and with a 1-1-0 mark against Dallas… Nathan MacKinnon scored twice in the outing and finished the preseason with two goals and two assists in two preseason contests… Mikko Rantanen had a marker and a helper, finishing the exhibition slate with three goals and an assist.

ROSTER REPORT

Colorado reduced its training camp roster to 26 players on Friday and now has 13 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders. Mikhail Maltsev was the scratched forward while Kurtis MacDermid, Jacob MacDonald and Cale Makar were the team's extra defenders on Saturday.

INJURY UPDATE

Goaltender Pavel Francouz is expected to be out three-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Devon Toews (upper body) practiced with the team in a red, non-contact jersey on Friday and is expected to miss the beginning of the season. Head coach Jared Bednar was not behind the bench following a positive COVID-19 test. Assistant coaches Ray Bennett and Nolan Pratt are coaching the team until Bednar's return.

UP NEXT

The Avalanche opens the regular season against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at Ball Arena. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be televised on TNT in the United States.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on the start of the game

Forwards

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 95 Andre Burakovsky
17 Tyson Jost - 18 Alex Newhook - 75 Sampo Ranta
43 Darren Helm - 37 J.T. Compher - 25 Logan O'Connor

Defensemen

49 Samuel Girard - 72 Justin Barron
4 Bowen Byram - 6 Erik Johnson
3 Jack Johnson - 28 Ryan Murray

Goaltenders

31 Jonas Johansson
35 Darcy Kuemper

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