DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have relied on their stars to hold the offense, nevertheless it was the supporting forged that acquired issues rolling on New 12 months’s Eve. Gabriel Landeskog scored twice in lower than two minutes within the second interval, and Colorado routed the New York Islanders 6-1 on Sunday night time.
Carl Soderberg and Erik Johnson had a aim and an help every, and Matt Nieto and Patrik Nemeth additionally scored for Colorado, which blew open the sport with 4 targets within the second. The primary two targets of the body got here from Soderberg and Nieto, who make up the third line together with Blake Comeau. The trio mixed for 43 factors coming into Sunday, which matched top-line middle Nathan MacKinnon’s whole. The third line had 4 factors in opposition to the Islanders.
“Second interval, I assumed the Soderberg line sort of turned the tide for us,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar stated. “They have been improbable. They have been in on some large targets for us, attending to the web, developing with secondary probabilities, banging in rebounds, actual good on their puck choices. They’d quite a bit to do with the win tonight.”
Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 photographs, MacKinnon had three assists and Samuel Girard had two assists for Colorado. The Avalanche have 41 factors in 38 video games this season, seven factors wanting tying final 12 months’s 82-game whole.
“I believe coaching camp was actual good and we set the bar fairly excessive, and that’s sort of translated into this season,” Landeskog stated. “We all know there’s loads of work to do nonetheless, however the first three months have been enjoyable. I nonetheless suppose we now have one other couple of gears.”
The Islanders misplaced the sport and head coach Doug Weight, who was given a sport misconduct after Landeskog’s first aim.
Josh Bailey scored for New York, which has misplaced six straight on the street. Jaroslav Halak had 30 saves, together with 19 within the second interval when Colorado put a season-high 23 photographs on aim. He was changed by Thomas Greiss after two intervals. Greiss stopped 12 photographs.
“We had poor execution right this moment and we didn’t appear as hungry on the puck as they have been. We aren’t profitable sufficient battles and that’s not creating an entire lot,” New York middle John Tavares stated. “Clearly they got here out onerous and skated nicely. We simply didn’t have our greatest right this moment for no matter cause and it’s disappointing. Beginning with myself, we now have to look ourselves within the mirror and know we now have an enormous week forward the place we now have to problem ourselves to be higher.”
The Avalanche took a Three-Zero lead on targets by Nemeth, Nieto and Soderberg, after which blew it open on the finish of the second interval. Landeskog scored on the ability play with Three:25 left, and after the aim Weight was venting to the officers when he was ejected.
“He simply wished to point out some ardour,” assistant coach Luke Richardson stated of Weight. “A few of the frustration, our workforce as an entire, we acquired out-battled from one finish of the ice to the opposite, and your chief’s acquired to point out some ardour. It wasn’t there and Doug did that. Generally it’s excessive, however when a sport like this goes in opposition to us, you’ve acquired to be excessive.”
That put Colorado again on the ability play. After Scott Mayfield drew a crosschecking minor, Landeskog scored his second of the sport and 16th of the season on a 5-on-Three.
Bailey scored late within the third interval to increase his factors streak to 11 video games