AVS STOP WIN­LESS SKID, DE­FEAT BRU­INS 4-2

Duch­ene scores 10th goal of sea­son, all on road

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Cham­bers

bos­ton» Two six-game streaks were on dis­play Tues­day at TD Gar­den. The Avalanche car­ried a 05-1 win­less skid into the game, and the Bos­ton Bru­ins were try­ing to ex­tend their un­beaten streak (40-2) to seven. Both ended. Colorado re­ceived unas­sisted goals from Matt Duch­ene, Nathan MacKin­non and John Mitchell in build­ing a 3-0 lead and went on to win 4-2. What a re­lief it was. Mitchell’s goal was his first point of the sea­son, and Duch­ene and MacKin­non were among those who didn’t prac­tice Wed­nes­day be­cause of ill­ness. MacKin­non, who scored on a short-handed break­away at the end of his shift on the penalty kill, was bedrid­den in Bos­ton since the team ar­rived from Nashville at 3 a.m. Wed­nes­day.

“I was sick as a dog the last cou­ple days,” MacKin­non said. “It’s tough to stom­ach any­thing, and it was tough to get my legs go­ing in the first. But we’re a good team on the road.”

For­mer Bruin Carl Soder­berg also scored for the Avs, and goalie Calvin Pickard was tremen­dous at times. His third-pe­riod kick save on Pa­trice Berg­eron high­lighted a 29-save ef­fort.

Young Bru­ins star David Pas­tr­nak scored his 17th and 18th goals of the sea­son within 1:20 of the sec­ond pe­riod to get Bos­ton to within 3-2. But Pickard shut the door the rest of the way.

“When they got that one goal in the sec­ond, it re-

ally turned into a hor­net’s nest, and they fed off the en­ergy in the build­ing,” Pickard said. “It’s nice to come up with that save (on Berg­eron) for the guys. I thought our third pe­riod was our best pe­riod de­fen­sively. We re­ally lim­ited their chances.”

In im­prov­ing to 1-1 on this fourgame trip, the Avs are a re­spectable 6-6 on the road, where Duch­ene feels most com­fort­able. His team-lead­ing 10 goals have come away from the Pepsi Cen­ter. He scored twice in Nashville on Tues­day in a 4-3 loss and opened the scor­ing against Bos­ton.

“I can’t score at home, but we’re on the road,” Duch­ene said with a smirk. “I don’t know what it is. But it was nice to get us off on the right foot tonight. We haven’t scored the first goal many times this year.”

Pas­tr­nak scored at 12:03 and 13:23 sec­ond pe­riod to turn the crowd of 17,565 rau­cous. Oth­er­wise, the Avs were ex­cel­lent.

“Pretty solid road game,” Avs coach Jared Bed­nar said. “It’s not easy to come in here and win. We found a way to score first, which was nice. … For the most part, we did a good job of get­ting in and out of our zone. We didn’t have any pas­sen­gers tonight. Guys were play­ing hard, and Pick was good in net when we needed him.”

Duch­ene and MacKin­non struck to give the Avs an early 2-0 lead. Duch­ene buried a wrist shot from be­tween the cir­cles in a 4on-4 sit­u­a­tion 5:30 into the game, and MacKin­non broke free on a break­away af­ter a Bru­ins turnover on their blue line.

Af­ter Mitchell wired a wrist shot past goalie An­ton Khu­dobin 4:09 into the sec­ond pe­riod for a 3-0 lead, the 20-year-old Pas­tr­nak took over. First, he came out of the penalty box and scored on a semi­break­away, stuff­ing his own re­bound past Pickard. On Pas­tr­nak’s next shift, he one-timed a big blast from be­tween the cir­cles for his 18th goal of the sea­son.

Soder­berg stopped the bleed­ing at 17:05, tak­ing a cir­cle-to-cir­cle feed from Mikhail Grig­orenko and punch­ing it into the net. Bos­ton out­shot Colorado 13-6 in the sec­ond pe­riod, but the Avs still took a 4-2 lead into the third.

Michael Dwyer, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Nathan MacKin­non breaks away from the Bru­ins’ David Backes, left, and Pa­trice Berg­eron en route to scor­ing a short-handed goal for the Avalanche dur­ing the first pe­riod of Thurs­day night’s game in Bos­ton.

Avalanche team­mates John Mitchell and Matt Duch­ene cel­e­brate Thurs­day night in Bos­ton af­ter Duch­ene scored an unas­sisted goal dur­ing the first pe­riod. Mad­die Meyer, Getty Im­ages

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