MacKinnon, Avalanche recover to top Canucks in OT
- Nathan MacKinnon scored 27 seconds into overtime, and Antoine Bibeau made 28 saves in his first NHL start in almost three years for the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-4 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday.
- MacKinnon won it with his second goal of the game when he skated around J.T. Miller and scored short side from the left circle after Vancouver scored twice late in the third period to tie it with goalie Thatcher Demko pulled for the extra skater.
- Alexander Edler cut it to 4-3 at 17:23, receiving a cross-ice pass from Quinn Hughes and scoring into an open net after Matt Calvert went down after blocking a shot by Elias Pettersson.
- Brock Boeser tied it 4-4 with one minute remaining on a rebound at the left post.
“It just didn’t feel like it should have been an overtime game,” MacKinnon said. “I just wanted to end it as quick as possible. I wanted to end it first shift and I’m glad I did.”
- Cale Makar had four assists, and Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist for Colorado (12-6-2), which is 4-1-0 in its past five games after going 0-4-1 in its previous five.
- Bibeau, who made nine saves in relief of Adam Werner in a 6-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, got the start because of injuries to Philipp Grubauer (lower body) and Pavel Francouz (head).
- It was his first start and win since Dec. 29, 2016, when he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“I’ll take a few days to really soak it in,” Bibeau said. “It’s been a while since my last start, but I worked hard and I think I grew as a person and as a player going through that adversity the last few years. Just getting hurt early this season, not playing, it was probably the darkest time for me in the last few years. It wasn’t easy, but I stayed positive and kept working hard.”
NHL Highlights | Avalanche vs Canucks – Nov. 16, 2019
- Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov returned after missing three games with a broken jaw that required surgery.
- He had one assist and was plus-1 in 16:07 of ice time. …
- Avalanche forward Tyson Jost didn’t play and is day to day with an upper-body injury. …
- Grubauer was a full participant in morning skate.
- Francouz skated after practice Saturday but is still in concussion protocol. …
- Canucks center Jay Beagle missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury but is expected to return for the start of a six-game road trip on Tuesday.
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; COL Avalanche, VAN Canucks