Makar, MacKinnon lead Avalanche to comeback win
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You need your best players to be your best players. Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon were just that for the Avalanche.
It only took a minute for the shot on goal to start.
Trailing 2-0 after two periods, MacKinnon and Makar took over the game in the third period (with the help of an unsung hero) en route to a massive 3-2 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers.
The win would end the Avalanche’s five-game losing streak.
MacKinnon, Makar and Brad Hunt scored the goals for the Avalanche. Zach Hyman was the only goalscorer for the Oilers, scoring both goals.
The Avalanche came out really strong. In the first phase, they controlled 74% of shot attempts with consistent strength, but as so often a year, they failed to complete.
They also played with fire, taking two penalties against the league’s best power play.
And they were burned.
On the power play, Draisaitl and McDavid worked cross-ice magic, and while everyone watched as McDavid carried the puck, Zach Hyman stood up front and deflected a McDavid pass into the net to put the Oilers ahead and go on the break .
The second period was more of the same.
Despite controlling more than 70% of shot attempts with consistent power, the Avalanche failed to score and hit a few posts en route.
On a power play following an interference call from the Sam Girard goaltender, Zach Hyman found himself hitting a bouncing puck that came out from behind the net. He would get enough on the puck to get it through Alexandar Georgiev’s legs to give the Oilers a two-goal lead.
The Avalanche challenged for goalkeeper interference when Hyman seemed to get his stick on Georgiev’s leg pad and pushed a little, but after a lengthy check the goal call stood. That two-goal lead for the Oilers would carry over into the third period.
MacKinnon, bitten by two periods of snakes, had seen enough.
After making a quick pass in the defending zone early in the third, he rushed through Cody Ceci and Darnell Nurse to create a breakaway for himself before towering over Stuart Skinner with a gauntlet.
It was the kind of goal only a superstar could deliver.
Moments later, an unlikely source tied it up.
Evan Rodrigues, returning to the lineup after missing a few games, outclassed two Oilers in the corner and threw them into the high slot. Brad Hunt, who had just come on off the bench, caught the puck with speed and threw it off the post to end the game, his first as a member of the team.
Towards the end of the season there was a rush on both sides, but the game found its way into overtime. A massive point for the Avalanche to at least salvage something.
But they wanted more.
The Oilers had the most scoring chances in overtime, hitting two goal posts, but Makar had the last laugh.
He locked a puck in the defending zone, spotted an opening, and carried the puck past two Oilers defensemen (including McDavid) before shooting the puck over Skinner’s glove hand. Avalanche fans have also become accustomed to the young defender’s style of goal.
It was a massive win for the Avalanche, one they hope will turn their tide and puts them within two points of last place in the playoffs.
The Avalanche will now return home for a game when they face off Florida Panther at Tuesday evening. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.