Avalanche struggle on the penalty kill, fall to Maple Leafs 4–3


The Colorado Avalanche’s special teams continue to struggle. With only three penalties in the game, Colorado served two of them and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored on both.

First period

Because of a Toronto penalty, Artturi Lehkonen scored his eighth goal of the season in his 500th career game. Nathan MacKinnon, who extended his point streak to 28 games and Cale Makar assisted him. Makar is now tied with Tyson Barrie for most points by a defenseman in Avalanche history with 307.


About halfway through the first frame, Andrew Cogliano notched his fifth of the season, making it 2–0.

MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen both picked up points on the play. MacKinnon with his second and Rantanen with his first.

Just over halfway in the first, Ross Colton received a penalty for interference. 33 seconds into the penalty kill, Tyler Bertuzzi from Toronto sends the puck past Alexandar Georgiev. Mitch Marner assisted him (49) and William Mylander (45) on the play.

Second period

The first half of the second period was scoreless. Maple Leafs goaltender, Ilya Samsonov, saw shots from Logan O’Connor and Bowen Byram, but none of them made it through.

Five minutes into the period, Bertuzzi scored his second of the game. Bertuzzi scored his second of the game with help from Nylander once again and Max Domi (23). This goal tied the game at two.


Marner scored the only other goal in the period. He put the Maple Leafs ahead by one with assists from Matthew Knies and TJ Brodie.

Third period

Mikko Rantanen scored his 30th goal of the season from MacKinnon (62) and Bowen Byram (12).

Rantanen extends his point collection to 73 (30g/44a) on the season so far. He currently sits at No.10 in the NHL for the most points in the 2023-24 season. He becomes the first Avalanche player to score over 30 goals in four consecutive seasons.

Rantanen took an unfortunate puck-over-the-glass delay-of-game penalty with 2:51 left in the third period. Bertuzzi scored his third career hat trick on Toronto’s second power play of the night.

Up Next

The Avalanche will be back at Ball Arena on Tuesday, February 27, to face off against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m.

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