Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Vancouver, on Saturday November 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

VANCOUVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored his second goal of the game 27 seconds into overtime as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 Saturday night.

MacKinnon used his speed to go around a Canuck defender then scored on the blocker side.

The Canucks forced the overtime when Alex Edler and Brock Boeser scored goals 1:37 apart in the third period. Both goals came with the Canuck goaltender pulled for an extra attacker.

Boeser tied the game with one minute remaining on the rebound of a Elias Pettersson shot.

Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist for Colorado. Nazem Kadri and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for the Avalanche (12-6-2), who are 4-1-0 in their last five games. Rookie defenceman Cale Makar collected four assists. Adam Gaudette scored twice on the power play for the Canucks (10-7-4), who are 1-4-2 their last seven games. Josh Leivo had two assists.

Vancouver netminder Thatcher Demko made 18 saves. Avalanche goaltender Antoine Bibeau, who was making his first NHL start since the 2016-17 season when he started two games for Toronto, stopped 28 shots.

Burakovsky put the Avs ahead 4-2 early in the third period. MacKinnon controlled play behind the Canuck goal, then passed to an open Burakovsky who had an empty net to shoot at.

Makar, who leads all rookies with 22 points, assisted on both Colorado goals in the second period. With the Avalanche on the power play, Makar sent a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon, who blasted a shot past Demko for his 12th of the season at 7:51. The Avs made it 3-1 at 11:28 when Makar hit Kadri with a long pass after he got behind the Canuck defence. Kadri scored on a wrist shot to extend his points streak (two goals, four assists) to five games.

The Canucks cut the lead to one on Gaudette’s second goal with just two seconds left in the period. Sven Baertschi took the puck off the boards and passed to Gaudette, who scored his fourth goal of the year.

The teams exchanged first-period goals. The Avs scored at 6:56 when Bellemare deflected defenceman Erik Johnson’s shot from the blue line past Demko. Colorado had a chance to take a 2-0 lead just 45 seconds later but Demko used a left pad save to rob Joonas Donskio on a rebound.

Gaudette tied the score at 18:27, just 20 seconds into a power play. Leivo drove behind the Colorado net, then tossed the puck out to Gaudette. With Bibeau glued to his post watching Leivo, Gaudette made no mistake into a gapping net.

READ MORE: Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Colorado, which lost 6-2 in Edmonton Thursday, has been depleted by injuries. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer has missed four games with a lower-body injury and backup Pavel Francouz suffered a head injury 31 seconds into a win at Winnipeg Tuesday. Also on the injured list are Tyson Jost (upper body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) and Colin Wilson (lower body).

NOTES: Coach Travis Green says centre Jay Beagle, who missed his third game with a lower-body injury, could dress Tuesday when the Canucks play in Dallas, the first stop of a six-game road trip. … Vancouver centre Brandon Sutter missed his second game with a groin strain. … The Canucks wore their retro black uniforms with the skate on the front of the jersey. … Defenceman Nikita Zaborov, returning to the lineup after missing three games with a broken jaw, earned an assist on Colorado’s first goal. … Actor Hilary Swank was in the crowd and drew cheers when shown on the big screen wearing a Canuck toque.

Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CanucksNHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

How to solve a problem like what play to put on at D.W. Poppy

Langley School performs The Sound of Music, Feb. 26 to 29

Fort Gallery features three budding Langley Fine Arts musicians at fourth Friday event

Trio made up of youths Sam Meyer, Tiffany Pai, and Cindy Zhang will perform on Feb. 28

“Better nudes” artist asks for better gallery space in Langley

Susan Falk is presenting her art work at Landmark Pop-Uptown Gallery in White Rock, March 4 to 28

Langley theatre director aims to show ‘people are all closer than what we perceive’

Canadian premiere of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women runs March 12 to 21 at Firehall Arts Centre

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Winds up to 70 km/hr expected across Metro Vancouver

Winds are expected to subside overnight

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Fraser Health warns some schools of possible COVID-19 exposure

A sixth COVID-19 patient is a woman in her 30s in the Fraser Health region who recently returned from Iran

High-risk sex offender cuts off ankle bracelet, on the loose in Vancouver: police

Vancouver police said Kirstjon Olson, 38, is a provincial sex offender with 27 court-ordered conditions

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

B.C. money laundering inquiry to begin amid hopes for answers, accountability

Eby argued that most B.C. residents already know the previous government, at best, turned a blind eye

Most Read