Makar scores twice to lift Avalanche past Blue Jackets
- Cale Makar scored two goals for the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Pepsi Center on Saturday.
- Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist, Tyson Jost had two assists, and Pavel Francouz made 39 saves for the Avalanche (10-5-2), who have won two straight games after going 0-4-1 in their previous five.
“I don’t think I really played too well,” Makar said. “Both goals, give credit to the guys. It’s always awesome when you get involved offensively. I think it’s just another dynamic that our team can provide. When everybody’s chipping in — we have such good depth on the back end — anybody can do it night in and night out.”
- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno was assessed a charging major and game misconduct at 17:15 of the second period for a high hit in the neutral zone on Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who left with an undisclosed injury.
- Colorado coach Jared Bednar didn’t have an update on Bellemare after the game.
“I actually didn’t know I hit him in the head at all,” Foligno said. “There was no intent to hit him like that at all. I’m trying to line him up at the time and then he kind of turns back and makes that play. It just happened so fast and I felt sick to my stomach when I saw that I hit him in the head. It’s an unfortunate collision, and my main concern is that he’s just all right. I got word from their locker room that he’s feeling all right, so yeah, it just [stinks].”
- Emil Bemstrom and Zach Werenski scored, and Joonas Korpisalo made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets (6-8-3), who are 1-5-1 in their past seven games.
“We had scoring chances,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “I thought both teams, it was a bit of a street hockey game with a lot of turnovers by both teams, so both teams generated a lot of offense.”
NHL Highlights | Blue Jackets vs. Avalanche – Nov. 9, 2019
- Makar has six points (three goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak. …
- Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi played his 300th NHL game. …
- Werenski’s goal was his 42nd in the NHL, moving him past Rostislav Klesla for the most by a defenseman in Blue Jackets history.
Sources & Credits: Rick Sadowski / NHL.com, COL Avalanche, CLB Blue Jackets
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