Avalanche extend point streak to 15 games, beat Wild 5-4

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky, Brandon Saad and J.T. Compher scored in a four-goal second period, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Monday night to extend their league-best points streak to 15 games (13-0-2).

The franchise record is 16 outings with a point from Dec. 27, 2000-Jan. 30, 2001, when the Avalanche went 12-0-3-1 during their Stanley Cup-winning season.

Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 21 shots for his fourth straight win. At 12-0-1 in his last 13 outings, Grubauer set a franchise record for the longest stretch with a point by a goaltender. Patrick Roy (Oct. 23-Nov. 22, 1996) and Peter Budaj (Feb. 24-March 23, 2007) held the previous record.

Ryan Hartman had a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which had won 11 straight at Xcel Energy Center since losing 5-1 to Colorado Jan. 30. Nick Bjustad and Marcus Johannsson scored in the third period as the Wild tried to rally, and Kevin Fiala scored on a power-play with 35 seconds left, but Minnesota couldn’t get the equalizer.

MacKinnon, who has four goals and six assists in his past six games, scored on a breakaway 18 seconds into a dominant middle period, converting a perfect stretch pass from Samuel Girard. Burakovsky buried a rebound of Girard’s shot that Cam Talbot couldn’t hold onto 71 seconds later.

Talbot made 31 saves but lost in regulation for the first time in seven outings.

Saad cross-checked Jared Spurgeon to the ice moments before scoring on a rebound at 15:48, and Compher redirected a shot from Cale Makar a couple minutes later. The Avalanche outshot Minnesota 20-5 in the period.

Colorado has outscored Minnesota 16-5 in the last three games, also winning 5-1 and 6-0 at home March 18 and 20.

For the first time this season, the Wild played before more than a handful of friends and family. With 3,000 fans in attendance, a “Let’s Go Wild!” chant began immediately after the opening faceoff.

It may have helped because the Wild dominated early before Hartman scored off a feed from Bjugstad 8:40 in. Hartman then did a small wave to the fans before celebrating with his teammates.


D Kyle Burroughs made his NHL debut for Colorado and dropped Bjugstad in a third-period fight. … Wild LW Zach Parise, who was removed from COVID-19 protocol Saturday, took part in the morning skate but did not play. … RW Mats Zuccarello missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. There is no timetable for his return.


The teams meet for the final time this season Wednesday in Minnesota.


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