Valeri Nichushkin scores in OT as Avs rally past Canucks

With a power-play goal scored by Valeri Nichushkin thirty seconds into overtime, the Colorado Avalanche were able to overcome a three-goal deficit in the second period and eventually win 4-3 against the Vancouver Canucks, who were playing at home.

This victory allowed the Avalanche to move into a tie for first place in the Central Division division.
With this victory, Colorado achieved its 21st comeback victory of the season. As a result of the Avalanche’s fifth consecutive victory, they are now tied with the Dallas Stars for first place in the Central Division.

After Vancouver defenseman Carson Soucy received a delay of game penalty with nine seconds remaining in regulation for sending the puck over the glass and into the crowd, Colorado started the extra period with a power play. This was in response to the fact that Soucy had fired the ball into the crowd.

Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winning goal by shooting a one-timer from the top of the left circle. The shot was deflected off of Noah Juulsen, a defenseman for the Canucks, and then hit the visor of Nichushkin, which resulted in the puck being deposited into the net.

For Colorado, MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen both scored a goal and assisted on another, and Ross Colton also scored a goal for the team. In the end, Alexandar Georgiev achieved a total of 18 saves.

Ilya Mikheyev also scored for Vancouver, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. J.T. Miller and Nikita Zadorov each had a goal and an assist, and Ia Mikheyev also scored for Vancouver. During the game, Casey DeSmith made 30 of 34 saves for the Canadians.

In just twenty-four seconds, Vancouver took a 1-0 lead when Miller, who was positioned in the slot, deflected Ian Cole’s drive from the left point off the left post and into the net. This was Miller’s 33rd goal of the season, which is a career-best.

When Mikheyev scored at the 2:44 minute of the first, the score was 2-0. Miller set up the goal by going around the net and then sending the ball into the slot, where Mikheyev, who was rushing in with the puck, poked it into the upper left corner for his 11th goal and his first goal in 35 games as a professional.

Within the first few minutes of the second period, the Canucks increased their lead to 3-0. At 4 minutes and 23 seconds, Zadorov scored his fourth goal with a one-timer from the top of the left circle that went past Georgiev’s glove side.

After thirty-seven seconds, Zadorov, who had previously provided an assist on Mikheyev’s goal, fought Josh Manson to earn a fighting major and complete a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, which consists of a goal, an assist, and a fight.

This was the first Gordie Howe Hat Trick performed by a Canucks player since Travis Hamonic achieved the feat on May 6, 2021, as reported by Sportsnet Stats during the game.

When there were only three seconds left in the period, Rantanen scored his 34th goal for Colorado by redirecting a crossing feed from Devon Toews into the slot. This was the first time Colorado had scored in the period.

With a five-on-three power-play goal scored by MacKinnon at the 3:19 mark of the third period, the Avalanche were able to trim the deficit to 3-2. MacKinnon scored his 42nd goal by one-timed a pass from Cale Makar from the center of the left circle. Additionally, it brought MacKinnon’s point streak to a total of 14 games.

After that, Colorado tied the game in the middle of the period when Colton scored his 14th goal by sliding a backhand rebound under a sprawling DeSmith and just past the goal line.

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