MacKinnon scores OT winner to lift Avs over Canucks

Nathan MacKinnon scored his second goal of the game 27 seconds into overtime as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 Saturday night.

Colorado centre scores 27 seconds into extra frame

Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon is mobbed by his teammates as they celebrate his overtime goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Frustrated that a game that looked like a sure win was pushed into overtime, Nathan MacKinnon took matters into his own hands.

MacKinnon scored his second goal of the game just 27 seconds into the extra period as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 Saturday night.

Colorado led 4-2 with 2:37 left in the third before Alex Edler and Brock Boeser scored 1:37 apart with Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko on the bench for an extra attacker, sending the game to the 3-on-3 overtime.

It didn't take MacKinnon long to settle the matter as he took a pass in his own zone, used his speed to skate the length of the ice through the Canucks defenders, then beat Demko on the blocker side.

"It just felt kind of cheesy," said MacKinnon, who also had an assist in the game. "It didn't really feel like they earned the tie. I just didn't feel like it should have been an overtime. I'm sure everyone felt the same as I did. I just wanted to end it as quick as possible. I wanted to end it the first shift and I'm glad I did."

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Nathan MacKinnnon had a pair of goals and Cale Makar added 4 assists as the Colorado Avalanche topped the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in overtime. 1:38

The Avalanche were angry Edler's goal came while Colorado's Matt Calvert was lying on the ice bleeding from his ear after being hit on the side of the head by Elias Pettersson's wrist shot. Vancouver had possession and the officials let the play continue.

"For me, we're talking about head injuries and what not, and that's the second time now in two weeks for us that a guy takes a puck in the face and is bleeding all over the ice and (officials are) letting it go," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "He's not moving so I just think we should blow it dead. Sometimes it's a tough call to make because you're trying to let the play go and seeing if he's going to get up. But I think eventually you should just blow it dead."

Vancouver coach Travis Green said the Canucks had a similar incident recently in Winnipeg when defenseman Chris Tanev was left hobbling on the ice after blocking a shot.

"My understanding is, if you have the puck with possession, you don't blow the whistle," Green said. "Right or wrong, that's the way the rule has been for a while. We got fortunate tonight. You don't like to see someone laying down hurt like that."

Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist, and Nazem Ka dri and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored to help the Avalanche improve to 4-1-0 in their last five games. Rookie defenseman Cale Makar added four assists.

Makar, wo leads all NHL rookies with 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) wasn't too happy with his game.

"I don't think I really played too well tonight," he said. "At the end, we have to do a better job containing their 6-on-5. There's still a lot of things to work on but those are key strengths that we need to just keep executing."

Colorado goalie Antoine Bibeau, who was making his first NHL start since the 2016-17 season when he started two games for Toronto, stopped 28 shots.

Adam Gaudette had two power-play goals for Vancouver, which fell to 1-4-2 in its last seven games. Josh Leivo had two assists and Demko finished with 18 saves.

Boeser believes the Canucks showed character by erasing the two-goal deficit.

"I thought overall we played a petty good game," he said. "That was a huge point for us. We just have to build off it."

Burakovsky put the Avs ahead 4-2 early in the third period. MacKinnon controlled play behind the Canucks' goal, then passed to an open Burakovsky who had an empty net to shoot at.

With the Avalanche on the power play, Makar sent a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon, who fired a shot past Demko for his 12th at 7:51 of the second.

The Avs made it 3-1 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the period when Makar hit Kadri with a long pass after he got behind the Canucks' defense. Kadri scored on a wrist shot to extend his points streak (two goals, four assists) to five games.

The Canucks cut the lead to one on Gaudette's second goal with just 2 seconds left in the period.

The Avalanche scored at 6:56 of the first when Bellemare deflected defenseman Erik Johnson's shot from the blue line past Demko.

Gaudette tied it with 1:33 left in the opening period, just 20 seconds into a power play.


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