LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon turned the primary member of the 2013 NHL draft class to achieve 500 factors, Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen scored power-play targets and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Tuesday night time.
MacKinnon, chosen by the Avalanche with the primary general choose in 2013, had two assists to develop into the fourth participant in Colorado historical past to get 500 factors. He hit the milestone late within the second interval when he fed Rantanen on a cross-ice go for a power-play aim to offer the Avs a 3-Zero lead.
”Yeah, it is cool. I want I obtained there sooner however clearly it is a cool milestone,” MacKinnon stated. ”To get 500 factors within the NHL isn’t a simple factor to attain and had some nice gamers play with me alongside the way in which.”
MacKinnon additionally turned the sixth energetic participant to achieve 500 factors earlier than age 26. The others are Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin and Patrick Kane.
Brandon Saad, acquired in an offseason commerce from Chicago, scored 3:07 into the sport for his first Colorado aim.
The Avalanche energy play, which scored 5 instances in final Friday’s win over St. Louis, then obtained rolling when Toews and Rantanen scored lower than two minutes aside within the second. Toews scored for the second straight recreation when he took benefit of a display down low and put a slap shot simply contained in the publish at 14:11. That was adopted by Rantanen’s aim at 16:06.
Colorado is eight for 17 on the ability play in its first three video games as six gamers have targets.
”We had been utilizing our pace and making an attempt to create,” coach Jared Bednar stated. ”We had been robust on just a few pucks and caught ’em and drew just a few penalties, and also you want your energy play to step up. We possibly struggled for a few them after which we give you two large ones at a key time for us.”
Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 pictures for Colorado, which has received two straight.
Andreas Athanasiou notched a notable achievement of his personal with Los Angeles’ first aim. In accordance with Stats LLC, his wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at 7:50 of the third made him the one NHL participant to have one aim on one shot in every of his first three video games in a season since particular person pictures on aim had been first tracked in 1959-60.
The ahead, who signed previous to coaching camp, additionally joined Wayne Gretzky and Invoice Lesuk as the one gamers to attain of their first three regular-season video games with the Kings.
”Any time you may assist your staff is an effective feeling,” Athanasiou stated. ”When you will have a defenseman on the frenzy, that opens issues up. I used to be lucky to take the shot and it went in.”
Adrian Kempe introduced the Kings inside one at 14:22 with a power-play aim. Anze Kopitar had two assists and Cal Petersen made 21 saves for Los Angeles, which has dropped all three of its video games by one aim.
TOO MUCH PENALTY KILLING
Los Angeles has been down a skater 17 instances and has been on the penalty kill 5 or extra instances in every recreation. The Kings killed off the primary 13 to begin the season earlier than the Avalanche broke by way of with a pair of targets.
”For me, it is nonetheless the psychological and recreation administration conditions that should be polished up. We have now to discover a strategy to keep out of the field,” Kings coach Todd McLellan stated. ”It is actually laborious to create any rhythm if you find yourself killing 5-6 penalties a recreation.”
Rantanen was initially credited with a aim 27 seconds into the second interval after Petersen was unable to cleanly glove McKinnon’s wrist shot. However the aim was disallowed when replay decided Rantanen interfered with Petersen within the crease.
Colorado and Minnesota traded defensemen on Tuesday, with the Avalanche buying Greg Pateryn in alternate for Ian Cole. Pateryn is in his eighth season and has two assists in three video games.
Avalanche: D Samuel Girard had an help and has a degree in three straight video games (4 assists). … Colorado has outscored opponents 6-Zero within the second interval.
Kings: D Mikey Anderson obtained his first NHL help on Athanasiou’s aim. … Lias Andersson was activated from the taxi squad and centered the fourth line.
The groups meet once more on Thursday.
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