Despite falling behind by three goals, the Colorado Avalanche stormed back to score six unanswered goals to top their division rival Dallas Stars 6–3 on Saturday.
The Avs used a four-goal third period to surge past Dallas. Mikko Rantanen, Valeri Nichushkin, Ross Colton and Cale Makar all recorded multi-point efforts, while Alexandar Georgiev stopped 25 of 28 shots on net, earning his 10th win of the 2023–24 season already.
The Stars jumped out to a 2–0 lead in the first period, with Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski providing the scoring. Seguin would add his second of the night early in the middle frame before the Avalanche caught fire.
Miles Wood got Colorado on the board, using a burst of speed in the offensive zone to skate past the defense before going forehand-backhand on his third tally of the season. Ryan Johansen brought the Avalanche back within one late in the period, redirecting Makar’s shot from the point on the power play.
Nichushkin tied the game early in the third period, cleaning up a loose puck in the low slot. Rantanen provided the go-ahead goal and game-winner with just over five minutes left in regulation. Moments later, Andrew Cogliano made it a 5–3 Avalanche lead with his second of the year. With the Stars’ net empty, Colton nailed the dagger from long range.
Makar makes history
With his second-period assist on Johansen’s goal, Makar became the fastest defenseman to record 200 career assists in NHL history. The 25-year-old needs just three assists to pass Adam Foote for third all-time, seven to pass John-Michael Liles for second all-time and 32 to pass Tyson Barrie for the most assists in franchise history. Makar has recorded three assists in back-to-back games and now has 71 career multi-point and 41 multi-assist games, the most by a defenseman in Avalanche history.
Cale keeps racking up the milestones!
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 19, 2023
First three-goal comeback on the road since 2004
Good on the Avalanche for not mailing in the game after falling behind by three goals. Colorado continued to chip away until they broke through on Wood and Johansen’s goals in the second period, offering plenty of momentum going into the third period. The Avalanche scored four times in the final 20 minutes to earn their first three-goal comeback win in regulation on the road since Jan. 21, 2004 (Florida).
High shot volume attack continues favorable trend
It is not exactly a secret that the more shots you put on net, the more chances of one finding the back of the net. With 38 shots against the Stars on Saturday, the Avalanche have recorded 31-plus shots on goal in 11 of their first 16 games this season. Colorado has gone 8–3–0 in such occurrences.
The Avalanche return to action in Nashville on Monday night, with puck drop set for 6 p.m. MST.