Missing three forwards to begin the game and a fourth late in the second period, the Avalanche used three goals from two 21-year-old defensemen to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Saturday night at the Pepsi Center. Colorado, which started backup goalie Pavel Francouz for the second straight game and got a late insurance goal from forward Nazem Kadri, improved to 10-5-2.
Cale Makar's anticipation was off but his shot was useless on. "We chip in enough goals".
Cale Makar had a three-point (one goal, two assists) outing on Thursday to increase his totals to 15 points (two goals, 13 assists), putting him in second place for Colorado and first place among all National Hockey League rookies.
"I wasn't expecting it", Makar said.
"I think we were mentally strong", mentioned Francouz, who tried a 175-foot shot on the empty web within the ultimate minute. "We just experienced to adhere to the sport we were actively playing".
The Avalanche trailed by a goal when Makar tied it with his third at 10: 52 of the next when he conquer Korpisalo above the goaltender's left shoulder. He beat goalie Joonas Korpisalo with two incredibly distinctive wrist shots - the initial a leading-shelf beauty and the 2nd a slow roller to give Colorado a three-two guide.
However you feel about Nick Foligno's hit on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, it's tough to watch Bellemare falling to the ice, seemingly knocked unconscious or at least to the point of losing control. Foligno caught Bellemare's face together with his left elbow, and Bellemare additionally hit his head on the ice upon touchdown. He has one goal and six assists but hasn't scored in more than a month.
The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Bemstrom and Werenski, the latter coming with less than a minute left before intermission. "We wanted to get this one for him, after that hit".
The groups traded first-period objectives, with Columbus' Emil Benstrom scoring on the ability play at Four:55 and Girard tying it on the ability play at 15:06. The Avalanche were now without having forwards Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson as well as defenseman Nikita Zadorov and goaltender Philipp Grubauer. None of all those gamers are presently skating as part of their restoration, but Bednar said Grubauer is expected to journey with the team Monday when it embarks on a 5-activity vacation commencing Tuesday at Winnipeg.