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26-02-2019 à 03h20
DENVER (AP) — For a brief moment Eric Staal Jersey , the Minnesota Wild lost track of the super speedy Nathan MacKinnon.That’s all it took. MacKinnon had a tap-in goal off a nifty pass from Mikko Rantanen to give Colorado the lead, Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots and the Avalanche beat the Wild 4-1 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.“His vision is awesome,” MacKinnon said of his linemate. “I just drove the net and Mikko made a great play.”Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk didn’t have much of a chance on MacKinnon’s second-period goal that gave Colorado a 2-1 advantage. Rantanen skated down the left side and sent a pass through a sea of sticks to MacKinnon, who tapped it in before Dubnyk had a chance to fully turn his head.“He was in a good place and he made a good play,” Dubnky said.Wild coach Bruce Boudreau offered another explanation.“It’s MacKinnon. He’s going to get a lot of goals like that,” Boudreau said.MacKinnon picked up right where he left off from last season, when he tallied 39 goals and 58 assists on his way to finishing second in the Hart Trophy vote. He led the team in shots Thursday with eight. Carl Soderberg scored Womens Jared Spurgeon Jersey , while Rantanen and J.T. Compher added empty-net goals for the Avalanche, who moved to 15-5-3 in home openers since moving to town from Quebec.Varlamov returned to net after missing the playoffs last season with a knee injury he suffered late in the regular season. He made his eighth opening-night start in a burgundy-and-blue sweater, surpassing Patrick Roy for the most by an Avalanche goaltender. This also was Varlamov’s 400th career NHL game.“He’s grown so much as a goalie,” MacKinnon said. “His mindset is he can play a low-shot game and stay sharp, and he was great.”Colorado thought it had a two-goal lead when Colin Wilson scored 1:36 into the third after knocking in a puck out of the air. The goal was reviewed and disallowed after it was determined Wilson’s left glove batted the puck in.No matter, Varlamov protected things with save after save. None bigger than stopping an Eric Staal wrist shot with his right shoulder on a 2-on-1 with just under 5 minutes remaining.Rantanen added an empty-net goal with 1:53 remaining and Compher another in the waning seconds to seal the victory.Colorado outshot the Wild 40-21. Zach Parise gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead on a backhand pass from Mikko Koivu early in the first period. Parise missed the opening 39 games a season ago due to a back ailment that required surgery. After steadily working his way back into form, Parise suffered a broken sternum in the playoffs.Minnesota is coming off a season in which it posted 101 points before losing to Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs.“There was some sloppiness that’s not going to be seen in game 20 Jason Zucker Jersey ,” Boudreau said. “Pucks bouncing over the sticks and over-skating the puck and things of that nature. … I think they did know how quick the pace was going to be, faster than the preseason, but took us a while to get up to it.”As for the Avalanche, general manager Joe Sakic has modest goals this season after his team returned to the postseason for the first time since 2013-14. Their average age this season is 26.3. They ended last season at 25.8.“Our goal is to make the playoffs, but the most important thing for us is to see the growth of this group,” Sakic said. “We’re excited to see who makes that next jump.”NOTES: Wild F Marcus Foligno was tripped by D Tyson Barrie late in the second period. Foligno went to the bench favoring his left leg but returned a few minutes later. … F Vladislav Kamenev (lower body) and D Anton Lindholm (upper body) were taken off injured reserve and reassigned to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL. … Avs F Sheldon Dries made his NHL debut. He had two shots. … Soderberg also had an assist.UP NEXT:Minnesota: Starts a three-game homestand Saturday against Las Vegas.Colorado: Hosts Philadelphia on Saturday. DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are playing inspired hockey after a sluggish start to the season.Defenseman Mike Green had a goal and two assists and the Red Wings extended their winning streak to four games with a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.Detroit has won seven of its last eight to get back to .500 (8-8-2) after a 1-7-2 start.A big part of the turnaround has been getting Green back. He missed the first nine games of the season recovering from a virus that attacked his liver. The Red Wings are 7-2 in the nine games since his return.“He’s a huge impact offensively and defensively, he skates so well runs the power play so well Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey ,” said rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski, Green’s partner, who scored a goal Tuesday.Andreas Athanasiou added a goal and an assist for the third straight game, and Anthony Mantha, Michael Rasmussen and Luke Glendening also scored.Jimmy Howard made 24 saves. The six goals are a season best for the Red Wings.“I thought that early on we did a lot of good things and it kind of got away from us a little bit,” Green said. “But sometimes when you get the bounces they just go in. That was the case tonight, so we’ll take it.”Lawson Crouse scored for Arizona. Darcy Kuemper stopped 12 shots and rookie Hunter Miska made eight saves in his NHL debut.“Just a half -second slow Authentic Marcus Johansson Jersey , everywhere,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. “Detroit was fast.”Detroit charged to a 3-0 lead in the first period.Mantha opened the scoring with 9:47 left in the opening period. It was Mantha’s sixth goal and third in two games.Cholowski made it 2-0 2:11 later. Arizona challenged that Kuemper was interfered with by the Red Wings Justin Abdelkader at the edge of the crease, but the goal was upheld. It was Cholowski’s third goal.Rasmussen made it 3-0 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 2:38 remaining in the first. It was Rasmussen’s third goal.Glendening made it 4-0 with 8:28 left in the second period on a breakaway. It was Glendening’s second goal.Arizona had an apparent goal 1:38 into the second period by Christian Fischer reversed. Detroit challenged that the play was offside going into the Red Wings zone, and replays showed that it was.Athanasiou scored on a breakaway 1:44 into the third period. It was Athanasiou’s seventh goal.That goal also sent Kuemper to the bench in favor of Miska.Green got his first goal of the season 7:10 into the third.Crouse spoiled Howard’s shutout bid with 8:39 left.NOTES: Arizona D Jakob Chychrun made his season debut. He had not played since having knee surgery after being injuring against the Calgary Flames on April 3.The Coyotes also announced that they signed Chychrun to a six-year contract extension worth $4.6 million annually, beginning next season. … Detroit was without D Jonathan Ericsson (lower body), F Thomas Vanek (lower body) and C Jacob de la Rose (upper body). … It was the Red Wings annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night to help support cancer awareness.UP NEXT:Arizona: Hosts Nashville on Thursday.Detroit: Visits Ottawa on Thursday.

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