Avalanche score seven in victory against Canucks

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DENVER — Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists for the Colorado Avalanche in a 7-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Ball Arena on Thursday.

Logan O’Connor and Devon Toews each had a goal and an assist, Cale Makar and Samuel Girard each had two assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves for Colorado (5-5-1), which had lost two straight.

Nils Hoglander scored for Vancouver (5-7-2), which has gone 2-5-1 in the past eight games. Thatcher Demko allowed six goals on 26 shots in two periods. Jaroslav Halak made eight saves in relief.

Valeri Nichushkin converted the rebound of Nazem Kadri‘s shot on the power play to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 3:18 of the first period.

Gabriel Landeskog made it 2-0 at 7:34 with a tap-in from outside the right post off a pass from Cale Makar.

Rantanen increased the lead to 3-0 at 11:10. Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram poked the puck away from Elias Pettersson and Rantanen shot glove side. 

O’Connor made it 4-0 at 11:05 of the second period with a shot inside the right post off a Girard pass.

O’Connor fed Darren Helm for a shorthanded goal on a 2-on-1 at 16:32 for a 5-0 lead and Toews made it 6-0 at 19:54 with a shot from the right point.

Hoglander put in a backhand at 1:08 of the third period to cut it to 6-1 but J.T. Compher converted the rebound of Rantanen’s shot on a power play at 11:49 for the 7-1 final.

Compher’s goal came during a match penalty against Vancouver defenseman Tucker Poolman for a hit against Kiefer Sherwood.

Byram sustained an undisclosed injury in the first period and didn’t return.

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