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Avalanche collapse, drop fifth straight

Avalanche collapse, drop fifth straight

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In the second third, everything looked good for the Avalanche.

That changed in no time.

Two goals in the second half, the Avalanche melted together, playing undisciplined hockey and giving up three goals in 2:33 en route to a fifth straight loss.

It’s the first time the Avalanche have lost three games in a row since October 2019.

Mikko Rantanen (big surprise) and Samuel Girard would score the goals for the Avalanche.

On the Canucks, Andrei Kuzmenko would score two goals. Brock Boeser was credited with the decisive goal and JT Miller added one for himself in the empty net.

Things started well for the Avalanche.

After Alexandar Georgiev made some nice saves at one end of the ice to keep the game tied, the Avalanche finally found a way to end their power play drought.

Mikko Rantanen, who had been ruled out of the All-Star Game just hours earlier, sent a sighted look through traffic to give the Avalanche an early one-goal lead over his team, who were leading for the 26th goal of the year.

The second period also started well for the Avalanche.

A strong forecheck found the Avalanche coming out of a pile with the puck. The puck would eventually find its way to Samuel Girard at the left point. Girard sent a sighted wrist shot past Colin Delia, who was shielded by his own defender, to give the Avalanche a two-goal lead.

Worst lead in hockey.

A Devon Toews penalty and some bad luck would give the Canucks the opening they needed.

After a faceoff win in the defending zone, Andrew Cogliano sent a puck around the bane to clear. Instead of ringing, it hit the referee in the back.

The Canucks cornered the puck and not less than ten seconds later Kuzmenko netted for his first goal of the night.

After the goal, Cogliano must have said something to the referee. He received a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

The collapse had only just begun.

Kuzmenko found himself ahead of Georgiev and the muscular Avalanche defenders 1:59 later to defeat an expanding Georgiev and level the game.

Just 34 seconds later, a turnover from Devon Toews landed squarely on the Canucks’ stick, and after the puck jingled a bit in front of the net, Boeser would snap a shot past Georgiev to put the Canucks ahead.

An angry Georgiev (with good reason) would lose it trying to smash his stick into his own net.

The Avalanche made a few pushes in the third period to level the game, including a break from Darren Helm, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Miller added the empty net goal to send the Avalanche to their fifth straight loss, this time in an embarrassing way.

The Avalanche are now traveling to Edmonton to finally break that streak, but it will take them a full 60 minutes to do so. Saturday’s game begins at 8:00 p.m. MST.

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