Avalanche score six power-play goals, bury Blues
January 16 2021 10:15 PM
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog celebrates with the bench after his goal in the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Ball Arena in Denver. (USA TODAY Sports)

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Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Gabriel Landeskog scored twice to reach 200 goals for his career, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 8-0 on Friday night in Denver.
Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen, Devon Toews and Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist each and Joonas Donskoi also scored. Cale Makar had three assists, Samuel Girard added two and Philipp Grubauer made 20 saves for the Avalanche to record the 12th shutout of his career.
St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 20 of 24 shots before leaving after two periods. His replacement, Ville Husso, made 10 saves and yielded four goals in his NHL debut. Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Colorado converted 6 of 7 power-play opportunities while St. Louis was 0-for-4.
Both teams had good chances in the first period but couldn’t score. Colorado then broke the game open in the second period.
The four-goal flurry started when Landeskog put a shot past Binnington at 4:03, and the Avalanche added a trio of goals 4:41 apart later in the second.
Burakovsky floated into the slot on a power play and used St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk as a screen to wrist a shot past Binnington at 12:24. It was the second straight game in which Burakovsky scored a goal.
Just 2:10 later, Rantanen skated behind the net and sent a backhand pass to Landeskog on the right of the net, and he again beat Binnington at 14:34. Rantanen finished the goal onslaught when he got a pass from Makar on a power play and one-timed a shot to the open net on the left side to make it 4-0.
All four of the Avalanche’s third-period goals came on power plays. Kadri scored 1:13 into the third, shooting MacKinnon’s rebound past Husso to give Colorado a 5-0 lead. The Avalanche poured it on later in the third. MacKinnon got his first goal of the season at 11:29 and Donskoi made it 7-0 just 33 seconds later with his first of the season. Toews capped the scoring at 14:56.

Travis Konecny’s first hat-trick carries Flyers past Pens
Travis Konecny scored three goals and added an assist for his first career hat- trick, lifting the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Friday.
Ivan Provorov and Oskar Lindblom also scored for the Flyers, who swept the Penguins in consecutive games to open the season.
Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux each had two assists, and Flyers goaltender Carter Hart made 31 saves. The Flyers did have one thing go wrong, as Sean Couturier left the ice in the first period and never returned. Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault said postgame that Couturier would undergo an MRI exam on an injured shoulder.
Sidney Crosby and Brandon Tanev scored one goal apiece for the Penguins.
Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry was pulled after allowing the first three goals of the game on just six shots. He was replaced by Casey DeSmith, who allowed only one goal and finished with 12 saves.
Konecny scored two early goals and Provorov added one at 11:30 of the first period for a quick 3-0 Flyers lead.
The Penguins responded with a power-play goal by Crosby at 12:59 of the first, his 45th goal in 72 career games against the Flyers. Just 32 seconds later, Tanev pounced on a loose puck in front and sent it past Hart to close Pittsburgh within 3-2.
Hart made a stellar stick save on a point-blank shot by Jake Guentzel less than three minutes into the second period.

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