Valeri Nichushkin scored and added an assist as the Colorado Avalanche took a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Cale Makar picked up the eventual winner late in the second period as Colorado (12-7-1) rebounded from an unbalanced 8-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Andre Burkovsky also scored and Gabriel Landeskog put the puck into an empty net. Nazem Kadri had an assist for his 11th point in as many games.
Ben Chiarot scored Montreal’s only goal (6-17-2). With this defeat, the Habs begin their sixth consecutive losing streak of the 2021-22 season.
Goalkeeper Jake Allen blocked 30 of 33 shots sent to him.
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Colorado opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the second period. Loan O’Connor passed to a wide-open Nichushkin in net
Chiarot tied the game for Montreal with his fifth goal of the season. His slap shot deflected an Avalanche player and hit the post before beating Johansson.
The Avs regained the advantage late in the second period when Makar deflected Samuel Girard’s shot from the blue line. Makar scored his 10th goal of the season.
A fan, apparently frustrated with the Habs’ recent bad play, threw his Canadiens jersey on the ice in the third period.
Landeskog added the empty net with 2:49 left in the third period, adding some confidence to the Avalanche’s victory.
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