NHL: Drouin and MacKinnon help Avalanche overcome 4-goal deficit against Penguins

DENVER, Colonel. – Dominés par les Penguins de Pittsburgh for a long moment, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin ont mis le pied sur l’accélérateur pour conduire l’Avalanche du Colorado vers une remontée de four buts also qu’un gain de 5 à 4 en prolongation, Sunday afternoon.

It was Drouin, author of a double, who dealt the fatal blow to the Penguins in the 54th minute of extra time.

The Quebecer skillfully avoided his compatriot Kristopher Letang before letting goalie Alex Nedeljkovic commit and put the puck on top.

In this success achieved by Colorado, MacKinnon, 2nd best leader on the Bettman circuit with 122 points, extended to 34 his impressive streak of local games in which he has contributed at least one point.

« cream », who accumulated 27 goals and 48 assists during his 34 games at Ball Arena, now ranks second in NHL history according to this statistic.

We expected more from the Avalanche in this matchup after 35 minutes of play, as the visitors stormed the ice to take an unexpected 4-0 lead.

Jesse Puljujarvi, Bryan Rust, captain Sidney Crosby (overshadowed by MacKinnon and Drouin despite a 4-point performance) and Pierre-Olivier Joseph had previously caused concern by all scoring at the expense of Alexandar Georgiev.

But instead of sawing off the Avalanche’s legs, Joseph’s net struck Jared Bednar’s troop, who methodically began their comeback effort.

It was first the support employees who raised the alarm, at 4:05 p.m. on the second., while Ross Colton and Miles Wood set the table for their first goal, that of Sean Walker, scored with a point shot.

Before the second intermission, the fourth trio stood out in turn, and Yakov Trenin, driven by Brandon Duhaime – two other newcomers to Denver – allowed the locals to reduce the difference to two goals.

The trend continued in the final third and MacKinnon took the opportunity to sign for the brand after two fairly quiet games.

The Avalanche’s star center served a fabulous cross-ice pass to Drouin, who made a reception for his 13th goal of the campaign, making the score 4-3.

In a rather unusual move, head coach Mike Sullivan decided at the time to remove Nedeljokovic in favor of Tristan Jarry, perhaps seeking to reverse the trend in some way.

The two longtime accomplices, however, did it again twelve minutes later, at 15:22, and this time it was Drouin who played the role of playmaker against MacKinnon, whose 44th goal of the season created the legality.

Sullivan returned Jarry to the bench after the tying goal, and that’s how Nedeljkovic conceded the winning goal to Drouin at the start of overtime.

The NHL record No. 29 Colorado is aiming for is Wayne Gretzky, who scored a point in each of the Edmonton Oilers’ 40 home games during the 1988-89 season.

MacKinnon will have a chance to break Gretzky’s mark as the schedule now totals 82 games, up from 80 at the time.

“La Merveille” was also in possession of the second level in this chapter, thanks to 33 consecutive home games with a minimum of one point, in 1985-1986.

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