Three takeaways from Avalanche’s 4–1 win over Kraken


Despite a slow start in the first period, the Colorado Avalanche skated past the Seattle Kraken, 4–1, in a rematch of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Avalanche forwards provided all of the scoring on Tuesday night, with Artturi Lehkonen, Logan O’Connor and Valeri Nichushkin each recording their first goals of the year. Mikko Rantanen potted his third goal in the third period on a beautiful assist from defenseman Samuel Girard.

Alexandar Georgiev earned his third win in the young season, turning aside 37 of 38 shots on goal.


First period

SEA — Kailer Yamamoto (1), Assists: Vince Dunn (2)

Second period

COL — Artturi Lehkonen (1), Unassisted

COL — Logan O’Connor (1) (Shorthanded), Assists: Cale Makar (2), Devon Toews (2)

Third period

COL — Mikko Rantanen (3), Assists: Samuel Girard (1), Andrew Cogliano (1)

COL — Valeri Nichushkin (1) (Empty net), Unassisted

Three takeaways from the Avalanche’s win:

Makar makes history

The former Norris Trophy winner entered the night needing just one point to become the fastest defenseman since Bobby Orr to reach the 250-point milestone.

Cale Makar accomplished the feat in the second period in perhaps the most unconventional way. Makar attempted to clear the puck out of the defensive zone with the Avalanche on the penalty kill, banking it off the end glass. A hustling O’Connor picked up the puck and scored on a shorthanded chance.

Makar picked up the primary assist on the play and is now just three points back of Sandis Ozolinsh for the fourth-most points by a defenseman in Avalanche franchise history.

O’Connor makes presence felt

Going into last night’s rematch, we knew that Kraken forward Jordan Eberle would have a target on his back after he delivered the hit that fractured Andrew Cogliano’s neck in the postseason.

Less than two minutes into Tuesday’s game, O’Connor got tangled with Eberle, and the two dropped the gloves.

Aside from his physical presence, O’Connor also provided the game-winner on the shorthanded attempt.

Road warriors

With the win on Tuesday, the Avalanche matched the longest regular season road winning streak (14) in NHL history (spanning seasons or otherwise), previously set by the Buffalo Sabres during the 2006 season.

The Avalanche will return home for two games against the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes. Jared Bednar’s group will look to take sole possession of the road winning streak on Oct. 24 against the New York Islanders.


Next game

The Avalanche have the day off on Wednesday before hosting the Blackhawks at Ball Arena on Thursday night. Puck drop is set for 8:30 p.m. MDT.


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