DETROIT--The Colorado Avalanche extended its win streak to a season-long seven games as the club defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Little Caesars Arena on Monday. It is the ninth consecutive victory for the Avs away from Pepsi Center, tying the longest road winning streak in the NHL this season.
Vladislav Namestnikov tied the game in the first period with his first tally as a member of Colorado, and rookie Logan O'Connor scored the go-ahead goal in the second frame, the eventual game-winner.
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson was playing his first game with the Avalanche after being acquired in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs last Monday. He made 17 saves to earn the win.
Ryan Graves, Valeri Nichushkin, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon picked up assists in the victory. MacKinnon's helper was the 300th of his career, becoming the ninth player in franchise history and fifth in Avalanche history to reach 300 assists.
Antony Mantha opened the scoring for the Red Wings early in the first period, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves.
The last six wins of Colorado's seven-game streak have all been one-goal victories. The Avalanche is now 15-3-1 in its last 19 games and has collected points in 18 of its last 21 contests (15-3-3).
The Avs swept the season series with the Red Wings for the third season in a row.
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5:48 DET (0-1) - Anthony Mantha scored on a rebound to open the scoring.
12:50 COL (1-1) - Vladislav Namestnikov buried a loose puck in the crease for his first goal with Colorado.
14:31 COL (2-1) - Logan O'Connor tallied his second goal of the season on a breakaway.
Final: Avalanche - 2 | Red Wings - 1
- Gabriel Landeskog (COL): Assisted on the game-winning goal
- Anthony Mantha (DET): Scored one goal on six shots
- Nathan MacKinnon (COL): Recorded his 300th career assist
Selected by NHL.com's Dave Hogg
Colorado: 0 for 4
Detroit: 0 for 4
Colorado: Michael Hutchinson made his Avalanche debut and stopped 17-of-18 shots
Detroit: Jonathan Bernier finished with 25 saves.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
With Michael Hutchinson making his Avalanche debut in net, it marked just the third time in franchise history that the club has used five goaltenders in the season (seven, 1989-90; five, 1990-91). In addition to Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz, prospects Antoine Bibeau and Adam Werner have also seen action for the Avs this year.
Hutchinson stopped 17 shots in the victory, which marked the first time since 1989-90 and second time ever that the franchise has had five different goalies pick up a win in a single season.
Vladislav Namestnikov scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche... Colorado's seven-game winning streak is a new season long… The club extended its franchise-record road winning streak to nine games, tied for the longest in the NHL this season (New York Rangers, Jan. 16-Feb. 27)… Nathan MacKinnon registered an assist in the win, the 300th of his career. He became the ninth player in franchise history and fifth in Avalanche history to reach 300 assists... Gabriel Landeskog is on a five-game point streak (two goals, three assists)… Logan O'Connor scored his second NHL goal, which stood as his first career game-winner... The Avalanche went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and has killed 22 straight penalties. Colorado has not allowed a power-play goal in nine games... The Avs were beginning one of their busiest months ever, as their 16 games in March matches a franchise record for the most in any month… Goaltender Pavel Francouz was named the NHL's Third Star of the week on Monday. Francouz, who was named the First Star the week prior, is the first Avs player to be honored in back-to-back weeks since the league went to the three stars format in 2006-07… Colorado is 20-6-4 against Eastern Conference opponents this year... The Avs are the first team in the Western Conference to reach 40 wins and are the fourth fastest team in franchise history (65th game) to reach the mark... Colorado wrapped up its three-game road trip, finishing 3-0-0 on the swing. The Avalanche is now 23-9-2 on the road this season, the most road wins of any team in the league.
Goalie Michael Hutchinson on the defensive effort in the third period: "When they pulled their goalie, to hold a team without a shot on 6-on-5, it shows a lot about the pressure that we put on them, how the guys sacrificed, blocking shots, not letting them get any shots through at the end of the game."
Video: COL@DET: Hutchinson thwarts Mantha's breakaway
IMAGE OF THE GAME
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson played his first game with the club… Vladislav Kamenev returned the lineup after being scratched for Saturday's game in Nashville. He played on a line with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Logan O'Connor.
Cale Makar was a late scratch with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day… Andre Burakovsky is day-to-day with an upper-body injury… Matt Calvert (lower body), Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body) and Mikko Rantanen (upper body) are out but should all be back by mid-March… Colin Wilson (lower body) continues to rehab and do off-ice training following two surgeries earlier this season.
The Avs return home for one game before heading back out on the road. Colorado hosts the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before beginning a three-game trip on Friday at the Vancouver Canucks. The Avalanche is in a stretch of playing eight of 10 games on the road.
Based on the start of the game
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
49 Samuel Girard - 27 Ryan Graves
28 Ryan Graves - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 44 Mark Barberio
35 Michael Hutchinson
39 Pavel Francouz