Toews, Avalanche rally for OT win against Maple Leafs


DENVER — Devon Toews scored at 1:12 of overtime when the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 5-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ball Arena on Saturday.

Toews scored the fourth straight goal for Colorado, which trailed 4-1 in the second period.

Mikko Rantanen had four assists, and Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar each had a goal and an assist for Colorado (21-8-2), which set an Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques record with its 11th straight home win. Pavel Francouz allowed one goal on 20 shots after relieving Darcy Kuemper (three goals, eight shots) at 14:50 of the first period.

Auston Matthews scored two goals, and Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists for Toronto (22-8-3), which had won four straight. Jack Campbell made 45 saves.

Kerfoot gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 7:54 of the first period with a one-timer from between the faceoff circles.

Matthews made it 2-0 at 14:17 with a shot from the slot.

Matthews scored 33 seconds later at 14:50 to make it 3-0 with a shot in the slot off a pass from Kerfoot, who was behind the net.

The Avalanche cut it to 3-1 at 17:11. Rantanen passed to Nathan MacKinnon, who shot five-hole from the right hash marks.   

Ritchie increased the lead to 4-1 with a power-play goal at 5:39 of the second period. Ilya Mikheyev shot from the left point and Wayne Simmonds slid the puck to Ritchie for a backhand.

Makar made it 4-2 at 16:46, circling into the high slot for a shot glove side.

Landeskog made it 4-3 at 10:06 of the third period with a backhand off the top of Campbell’s left pad.

The Avalanche tied 4-4 at 11:42. Rantanen made a no-look pass from behind the net to J.T. Compher near the left post for a shot off Campbell’s back.

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