MacKinnon gets 500th NHL point in Avalanche win against Kings


LOS ANGELES — Nathan MacKinnon got his 500th NHL point with two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Los Angeles Kings for a 3-2 win at Staples Center on Tuesday.

Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen each scored a power-play goal, and Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves in the road opener for the Avalanche (2-1-0). 

Andreas Athanasiou scored for the third straight game, and Calvin Petersen made 21 saves in his first start of the season for the Kings (0-1-2).

Toews gave Colorado a 2-0 lead at 14:11 of the second period on a one-timer from the high slot off a pass from Samuel Girard. 

Rantanen extended the lead to 3-0 on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass through the slot from MacKinnon, who became the first player from the 2013 NHL Draft to reach 500 points (191 goals, 309 assists in 528 games).

Athanasiou got the Kings within 3-1 at 7:50 of the third period, and Adrian Kempe scored on the power play at 14:22 to cut it to 3-2. 

Brandon Saad scored his first goal with the Avalanche to make it 1-0 at 3:07 of the first period, tapping in the rebound of Matt Calvert‘s shot in the crease.

MacKinnon appeared to score 27 seconds into the second period, but Kings coach Todd McLellan challenged for goaltender interference on Rantanen, and the call was reversed after a video review.

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson made his season debut after clearing COVID-19 protocol on Saturday. Johnson, who missed all of training camp, played 12:42 with Colorado dressing 11 forwards and seven defensemen with forward Andre Burakovsky (upper body) out.  

Prior to the game, Colorado acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn in a trade with the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Ian Cole.

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