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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

Colorado scored twice on the power play

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Tyson Jost and Vladislav Namestnikov both tallied power-play goals, and J.T. Compher scored in overtime to help the Colorado Avalanche earn a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

Cale Makar assisted on all three Avalanche goals in his return to the lineup after missing the previous five games with an upper-body injury. Gabriel Landeskog also had two helpers in the victory, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare recorded one.

It was the second time in the past five games and third in the previous nine that the Avs have tallied twice with the man advantage.

Matt Nieto was awarded a penalty shot with 15:17 remaining in the third period but could not convert on the chance.

Mika Zibanejad scored his 41st goal of the season to open the scoring for the Rangers and Pavel Buchnevich tied the game with 13 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra frame. Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 25 saves.

Colorado and New York concluded their season series with each team winning on home ice.

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THE GOALS

1st Period
6:28 NYR (0-1) - Mika Zibanejad skated the puck out of the defensive zone and scored far side.
11:27 COL (1-1) - PPG, Tyson Jost took the puck into the slot and scored his eighth goal of the season. Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar assisted on the tally.

2nd Period
3:55 COL (2-1) - PPG, Vladislav Namestnikov shot the puck from above the left circle, while J.T. Compher was screening the Rangers' goaltender.

3rd Period
19:47 NYR (2-2) - Artemi Panarin sent a pass through the crease and Pavel Buchnevich redirected it into the net to tie the game.

Overtime
2:50 COL (3-2) - Cale Makar skated through the slot and fired the puck to the net, and J.T. Compher scored the game-winner off a tip.

Final: Avalanche - 3 | Rangers - 2 (OT)

3 STARS

  1. J.T. Compher (COL): Scored the game-winner in overtime
  2. Pavel Francouz (COL): Made 30 saves
  3. Vladislav Namestnikov (COL): Tallied his fourth goal as a member of the Avalanche

Selected by Colorado Hockey Coach of the Game: Dan Rende (Boulder Hockey Club)

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 2 for 5
N.Y. Rangers: 0 for 4

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Pavel Francouz started for the fifth straight game and made 30 saves.
N.Y. Rangers: Alexandar Georgiev stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced

NOTEBOOK

The Avalanche scored twice on the power play, the second time in the past five games and third in the previous nine that Colorado has tallied twice with the man-advantage. It is the ninth occasion this year that the Avs have recorded two or more power-play markers in a game... Vladislav Namestnikov, who began the season with the Rangers, scored his fourth goal as a member of the Avalanche... Gabriel Landeskog had two assists and has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games... Matt Nieto was awarded a penalty shot with 15:17 remaining in the third period but could not convert. He is now 0-for-4 in his career on penalty shots... It was the second straight game that Colorado had a player take a penalty shot... With Nathan MacKinnon out with an injury, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare wore the 'A' as an alternate captain... The contest was Colorado's third at Pepsi Center in the past 21 days... The Avs are 9-2-1 in their last 12 games and 17-5-2 in their last 24 contests.

QUOTABLE

Gabriel Landeskog on rookie Cale Makar: "You're still impressed every time. This is special what everybody in this building gets to see on a nightly basis. It's very special; it doesn't happen a whole lot. I know there are some other guys in the league that are raising some attention and some guys that are doing well, but in my opinion Cale is a special kid and a special talent that's taken this league by storm. Some of the plays you see him make, you're not supposed to do that as a rookie so he's done an awesome job of stepping in and obviously he got some experience last year in the playoffs. He keeps impressing all of us and he's got a good head on his shoulders and he keeps working hard."

BIG HIGHLIGHT

Video: NYR@COL: Jost buries shot for power-play goal 

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ROSTER REPORT

Cale Makar returned to the lineup after missing the last five games with an upper-body injury… Martin Kaut played his ninth NHL game after being recalled from the AHL's Colorado Eagles on Wednesday morning. Kaut skated on a line with Matt Nieto and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.. Gabriel Landeskog, J.T. Compher and Valeri Nichushkin started the game on the Avs' top line, while Vladislav Namestnikov, Tyson Jost and Joonas Donskoi skated on the second… Defenseman Mark Barberio once again played as a forward on a trio with Vladislav Kamenev and Logan O'Connor… Pavel Francouz started in net for the fifth straight game… Kevin Connauton was the healthy scratch... Kaut was reassigned to the Eagles after the game.

INJURY UPDATE

Joonas Donskoi left the game in the closing minutes of the third period after a late hit from Brendan Lemieux... Head coach Jared Bednar announced prior to the game that Nathan MacKinnon will miss one-to-two weeks with a lower-body injury… Forwards Andre Burakovsky (upper body/lower body), Matt Calvert (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body) and Mikko Rantanen (upper body) all skated with the team at morning skate as non-contact participants. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer (lower body) was also on the ice and faced some shots. Bednar said some of those players could return as the homestand progresses… Colin Wilson (lower body) continues to rehab and do off-ice training following two surgeries earlier this season.

UP NEXT

Colorado is home for its next three games and will host the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday and San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on start of the game

Forwards

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 37 J.T. Compher - 13 Valeri Nichushkin
90 Vladislav Namestnikov - 17 Tyson Jost - 72 Joonas Donskoi
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 61 Martin Kaut
44 Mark Barberio (D) - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 25 Logan O'Connor

Defensemen

27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 28 Ian Cole

Goaltenders

39 Pavel Francouz
35 Michael Hutchinson

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