Avalanche Make NHL History with 7-4 Victory Against Islanders

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Avalanche Make NHL History with 7-4 Victory Against Islanders

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The Colorado Avalanche have achieved an extraordinary feat, setting a new NHL record with a 15-game road winning streak, a run that began on March 4, 2023. On Tuesday night, Ryan Johansen’s two goals and Mikko Rantanen’s four-point performance propelled the Avalanche to a 7-4 victory over the New York Islanders. This triumph also saw them match their impeccable six-game season-opening record from the 2013-14 season.

Notably, Colorado’s last road defeat came against the Dallas Stars on March 4.

Johansen’s power-play goal at 15:41 in the first period marked his third consecutive game with a goal. Reflecting on the team’s performance, Johansen expressed, “We have high expectations not only for the team but also for the power play. We aim to dominate every time.”

Cale Makar’s stunning backhand goal at 12:52 in the first period further showcased the Avalanche’s early dominance.

Makar acknowledged the team’s energetic start, stating, “It felt like we had our legs early. I still feel like we made a couple of mental lapses in the D-zone, and unfortunately, one led to a goal. Bad play by me. Overall, I think we have the legs, we just gotta use them right.”

Despite some defensive challenges, Makar’s performance elevated him to third place on the franchise’s all-time points list for defensemen, with 254 points, surpassing Sandis Ozolinsh (253).

Bowen Byram’s first goal of the season in the second period leveled the score at three apiece, but Nathan MacKinnon swiftly responded to secure a lead by the period’s end.

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar praised Byram for his standout performance, noting it as his best of the season.

Anders Lee’s first goal of the season for the Islanders tied the game once more in the third period. However, Mikko Rantanen’s precise shot, assisted by Tomas Tatar, secured the game-winning goal, placing the Avalanche ahead 4-3.

Johansen’s empty-netter, his fourth of the season, and Ross Colton’s credited empty-net goal concluded the game with a 7-4 victory.

Coach Bednar attributed the outcome not to player mistakes, but rather to the Islanders capitalizing on opportunities presented.

Looking ahead, the Avalanche are set to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.

Reference

https://thehockeynews.com/nhl/colorado-avalanche/news/avalanche-set-new-nhl-record-with-15-straight-road-wins-in-7-4-win-over-islanders

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/national/story/2023-10-24/maple-leafs-deal-the-capitals-4th-loss-in-5-games-ovechkin-scores-823rd-career-goal

https://www.nhl.com/news/colorado-avalanche-new-york-islanders-game-recap-october-24

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