Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winning goal for the Colorado Avalanche just seconds before the end of overtime against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. It was his second power-play goal of the game and it caused a big celebration with the Avalanche since they won 5-4 in an exciting finish!
Mikko Rantanen had two goals and two assists, while J.T. Compher also scored to help the Colorado Avalanche move ahead of the Dallas Stars to take the top spot in their division. The Stars could still take back the title due to having more wins, making Nathan MacKinnon’s winning goal in overtime pretty important. Pavel Francouz then made 19 saves during his first game in about two months, as he had been out due to an injury since February 7th.
Frank Vatrano, Adam Henrique and Brett Leason each scored a goal! This helped the Ducks win two points in two days, even though it means they could move further away from having the worst record in the NHL. Lukas Dostal stopped 46 shots and allowed five goals.
Colorado was losing the game by two goals in the third period. Rantanen changed things up to make it 3-4 with a power play midway through and then MacKinnon tied it up 4-4 with a one-timer when they had an extra man. However, Anaheim quickly scored again and put them back down 2-3 before Leason made it 4-2 off the rush.
At first, it looked like the Avalanche would be punished, but Colorado’s power play eventually improved by scoring 3 goals out of 8 attempts. Ducks defense player Drew Helleson made his NHL debut. He was picked by Colorado in 2019 and sent to Anaheim as part of the trade for Josh Manson last year. Bowen Byram of the Avalanche couldn’t play due to an illness and Max Comtois from the Ducks, who’s injured with upper-body pain, is not available for the remaining three games of this season.
On Tuesday night, the Edmonton Avalanche will play a game at home and the Vancouver Ducks will also have a match that night but it’ll be at their home base. If you wish to get more information about both matches then go check out the NHL section of Twitter which can be found using these links: https://twitter.com/NHLZonecom and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports.