5 takeaways from the Avalanche’s 7-5 victory over Ottawa

Behind red-hot scorers Nazem Kadri (goal, three assists, plus-4) and Cale Makar (two goals, plus-2), the Avalanche (9-5-1) on Monday rallied in the third period to avoid what would have been a surprising defeat and downed the Ottawa Senators 7-5 at Ball Arena.

Opportunistic Ottawa (4-12-1) was coming off a weeklong COVID shutdown, and despite being outshot 30-14 in the second and third periods and 40-21 overall, the Senators made their shots count against Avs goalie Darcy Kuemper (15 stops, .750 save percentage).

It was Colorado’s fifth-consecutive victory — a stretch coinciding with the injury absence to star center Nathan MacKinnon — and it’s the NHL’s longest current winning streak.

Five takeaways:

Offense from defensemen. Makar, the Avs’ top-pair defenseman with Devon Toews, has five goals in three games and he’s the first Avalanche D-man to ever score twice in consecutive games. His seven goals on the season are the most among any NHL defenseman and his nine shots against the Sens were most by a Colorado defenseman since Erik Johnson in 2016.

“Just finding the right spots right now,” Makar said. “This isn’t going to go on forever so just might as well take it all in while it’s happening.”

Toews scored Colorado’s third goal for a 3-2 lead and the 17 goals from Avs defensemen on the season are tops in the league.

All-around goals galore. The Avs have scored 31 goals in their five-game winning streak (6.2 average), including producing seven three times. They now lead the league in goals-per-game (4.00) — despite MacKinnon only having one in the eight games he has played.

Kadri. The pending 2022 unrestricted free agent has been a points-producing machine before and during MacKinnon’s absence. He extended his points streak to nine games, tying his career-best from 2017 when he was with Toronto, and his 23 points on the season rank fourth in the league behind Edmonton teammates Leon Draisaitl (35) and Connor McDavid (32) and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (30).

“His stick is magic right now,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of the 31-year-old Kadri, who is just nine points shy of what he produced in 56 games last season.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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