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Avalanche overcome 4-1 deficit to beat Maple Leafs in time beyond regulation

DENVER (AP) — Devon Toews scored 1:12 into time beyond regulation and the Colorado Avalanche rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Saturday night time for his or her franchise-record eleventh straight dwelling victory.

After Jack Campbell robbed Toews with a diving glove save within the third interval, he beat the goaltender between the legs from the left aspect for his sixth objective of the season. Colorado hasn’t misplaced at dwelling since Nov. 3 in opposition to Columbus and surpassed the earlier workforce file of 10 consecutive dwelling wins set thrice earlier than.

Auston Matthews scored twice in 33 seconds within the first interval and Nick Ritchie added a objective early within the second two days after being waived to place Toronto forward 4-1.

However the NHL’s prime offence revved up within the third.

Gabriel Landeskog scored his 14th objective to make it 4-3 shortly after Campbell robbed Toews. J.T. Compher tied it at 4 with 8:18 left after a no-look, between-the-legs go from Mikko Rantanen from behind the online. Rantanen assisted on the final three targets.

Alexander Kerfoot had a objective and two assists, and Campbell completed with 45 saves because the Maple Leafs’ four-game win streak was snapped.

Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado to increase the NHL’s longest lively level streak to 13 video games. Cale Makar added his fifteenth objective and an help for the Avalanche, who’ve received 4 straight.

Darcy Kuemper was yanked after permitting three targets on eight pictures, with Pavel Francouz making 19 saves in aid.

The sport matched groups with a mixed file of 40-16-4 coming in, with Colorado (4.30 targets a sport) the NHL’s prime scoring workforce and Toronto (2.41 targets allowed) the second-best defensive membership.

The Maple Leafs dominated the primary assembly, 8-3 on Dec. 1, with Matthews getting a hat trick.

After being outshot 7-0 to begin, Toronto scored on its first shot when Kerfoot beat Kuemper at 7:54. Kerfoot then collected two assists as Matthews scored at 14:17 and 14:50 to offer him 22 targets.

That led Colorado coach Jared Bednar to name his timeout and pull Kuemper, who had received his final seven begins.

After MacKinnon scored on a deflection off Morgan Rielly’s stick late within the first interval, Ritchie answered off a no-look feed from Wayne Simmonds on the facility play at 5:39 of the second for his second objective in 31 video games to make it 4-1.

Ritchie, signed away from Boston to a two-year, $5 million free-agent deal within the offseason, has struggled and was a wholesome scratch every week earlier in opposition to Ottawa. He cleared waivers Friday after no membership was keen to tackle his contract, then placed on the third line with Toronto short-handed.

STOPPING RACISM

Simmonds, who’s Black, and Colorado’s Nazem Kadri, a Muslim of Lebanese descent, wore anti-racism tape as a part of a marketing campaign by the Hockey Variety Alliance. A video launched on YouTube options racist messages hockey gamers have acquired on social media.

“We thought it was obligatory, simply because lots of that stuff is behind the scenes and other people do not hear about it, individuals do not see it,” Simmonds stated earlier than the sport. “Placing on the market among the issues we do expertise, it is arduous generally. Not generally, on a regular basis. ? It occurs approach too usually.”

NOTES: Makar’s 15 targets lead NHL defencemen. … The Maple Leafs had been with out Mitchell Marner and Pierre Engvall (COVID-19 protocols) and Ondrej Kase (undisclosed damage). Kyle Clifford and Brett Seney had been activated from the taxi squad and joined Simmonds on the fourth line.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Play at Vegas on Tuesday night time.

Avalanche: Host the Seattle Kraken on Monday night time.

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