It was so improbable that a fake social media post beat the real news by hours.
No NHL team had signed a restricted free agent to an offer sheet in more than six years. Then the Montreal...
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Back in his Colorado Avalanche playing days, Joe Sakic's approach was pretty much title or bust.
As the team's general manager, a similar feeling is beginning to...
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon described his batted-in goal as merely cleaning up garbage.
This was far from trash talk: The Colorado Avalanche are right back in the series.
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon kept up his scoring spree with a second-period goal, Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots for his first career playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San...
Avalanche beat Sharks 4-3 to even series at game apiece
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Trailing in the second period and in danger of going down 2-0 in the series, Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar put his three top scorers back on a line together and got...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As the San Jose Sharks survived back-to-back overtime games that left captain Joe Pavelski bloodied and dazed, and most of his teammates drained emotionally and physically,...
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After getting shut out in the series opener, the Colorado Avalanche clamped down defensively to shut down the Western Conference-leading Calgary Flames.
Colorado Avalanche (38-30-14, fifth in the Central Division during the regular season) vs. Calgary Flames (50-25-7, first in the Pacific Division during the regular season)
Rantanen scores OT winner, Avs beat Flames 3-2 in Game 4
DENVER (AP) — In the clear, Mikko Rantanen angled his stick back as he waited for the cross-ice pass to arrive. Once it did, he dropped to his left knee to give a little extra.
Colorado brings 2-1 lead into game 4 against Calgary
Calgary Flames (50-25-7, first in the Pacific Division during the regular season) vs. Colorado Avalanche (38-30-14, fifth in the Central Division during the regular season)
DENVER (AP) — A wide-open Cale Makar screamed toward Nathan MacKinnon to deliver him the puck.
That made an instant impression with MacKinnon on a night when Makar made an immediate impact....
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon came through in the clutch for the Colorado Avalanche — and again showed why he's one of the NHL's best players.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Avalanche All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen has recovered from an upper-body injury and will play in their first-round series against Calgary.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche may have All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen back for the start of their first-round playoff series against Calgary.
Avalanche beat Blackhawks 4-2 for 4th straight win
DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson scored his first goal in more than a month, Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 shots and the playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche earned their fourth straight win by holding off...
DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson stepped up with his team banged up.
It was an opportune time for the Colorado Avalanche forward get back on track.
Perry scores late, Ducks beat the Avalanche 5-3
DENVER (AP) — Corey Perry scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 56.9 seconds remaining, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Friday night.
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MacKinnon Grubauer lead Avs to 3-0 win over Sabres
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon bounced up from a big check to score a nifty goal. That helped the Colorado Avalanche bounce back from the blow of losing their captain.
MacKinnon, Calvert score 11 seconds apart; Avs beat Jets 7-1
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche broke up their top line and broke out of their funk.
Just the sort of breakthrough they needed to salvage their season.
Avs tie franchise record with 6 goals in 2nd, rout Kings 7-1
DENVER (AP) — The success on the ice quickly returned and so will Mikko Rantanen.
Another score — along with a big exhale — for the struggling Colorado Avalanche.
Rantanen scored two of Colorado's franchise record-tying six second-period goals, Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots and the Avalanche routed the Los Angeles Kings 7-1 on Saturday.
Rantanen was sidelined in the third period with a lower-body injury. He's among the NHL's scoring leaders with 73 points.
Flyers top Wild 7-4 for 2nd victory in last 11 games
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James van Riemsdyk recorded a hat trick, and Nolan Patrick had two goals and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Wayne Simmonds also had two goals for the Flyers. Carter Hart had 34 saves.
It was just the second win in the last 11 games for Philadelphia, which began Monday with the fewest points in the league.
Jason Zucker, Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter scored for Minnesota.
Soderberg’s 1st hat trick leads Avalanche past Leafs 6-3
TORONTO (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche caught the Toronto Maple Leafs in a lull and took full advantage.
Carl Soderberg had his first career hat trick and the Avalanche defeated the Maple Leafs 6-3 on Monday night.
Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Matt Calvert also scored for Colorado, which had lost nine of its last 10 games overall (1-7-2), and seven straight in regulation on the road.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 17 shots for the Avalanche.
Price stops 28 shots, Canadiens beat Avalanche 3-0
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens needed a full-team effort to shut down the NHL's best offensive line.
Carey Price stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Canadiens beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Saturday night.
Brett Kulak, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jordie Benn all scored in the third period for the Canadiens, who had lost three of their last four games. Price got his 43rd career shutout.
Avalanche break 6-game skid with 6-1 win over Rangers
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche had New York boxed in from the start.
All game, really, with Colorado going on 10 power plays to keep the Rangers on the defensive throughout.
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen set the early tone with power-play goals in the first period, helping the Avalanche end a six-game slide with a 6-1 win over the Rangers on Friday night.
Colorado finished with its most power-play opportunities since Oct. 16, 2008, when the team had 11 against Philadelphia.
Landeskog, Grubauer lead Avalanche to 2-1 win over Canadiens
DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog got the chance to celebrate his goal a second time — after a big sigh of relief.
He thought his score would count despite a challenge for goaltender interference. But really he wasn't sure. It's hard to be completely sure.
Landeskog, Rantanen lift Avs to 6-4 win over Stars
DENVER (AP) — Given the company on his line, Gabriel Landeskog has a tendency to be overlooked.
That's perfectly fine with the Colorado captain.
Landeskog scored twice, including the winner with 3:20 remaining, Mikko Rantanen added two more on the power play and the Avalanche recovered after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Dallas Stars 6-4 on Saturday night.
"I'm fortunate to be part of such a good line that finds different ways to score goals," Landeskog said.
Soderberg, Compher lead Avalanche past Panthers 5-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are making strides on the road.
Carl Soderberg scored twice, J.T. Compher broke a third-period tie and Colorado beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Thursday night.
The Avalanche won their 11th road game after winning only 15 all of last season.
Compher, Rantanen score late in 3rd, Avs defeat Stars 3-2
DENVER (AP) — A late rally by Colorado spoiled Jim Montgomery's return to Denver.
J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scored 45 seconds apart late in the third period, and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.
Rantanen also had an assist, and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. Colorado has won four in a row and is 6-0-1 in its last seven games.
Compher’s 2 short-handed goals lead Avs past Coyotes 5-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — J.T. Compher was just trying to play his game and contribute after 16 games out of the Colorado Avalanche lineup due to injury. He ended up with a memorable night.
Compher scored a pair of short-handed goals on the same penalty kill in his return to game action, and the Avalanche defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 Friday night.
Avs forward Mikko Rantanen fined by NHL for embellishment
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has fined Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen for embellishment .
Rantanen lifts Avalanche over Ducks 4-3 with 1.3 left in OT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few ticks left on the clock were all Mikko Rantanen needed to make a winner of the Colorado Avalanche.
Rantanen's power-play slap shot with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Avalanche a 4-3 victory Sunday over the slumping Anaheim Ducks.
Colorado overcame a 3-1 deficit to hand the Ducks their 12th loss in 15 games. Rantanen added two assists to his eighth goal of the season, increasing his NHL-leading total to 32 points.
MacKinnon, Rantanen help Avs rally for 6-3 win over Bruins
DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen got an assist for setting up the go-ahead goal. Nathan MacKinnon wanted to give him something more — full credit.
"All Mikko there," he said.
MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:58 remaining on a nifty pass from Rantanen, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied past the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Wednesday night in a showdown between two of the top scoring lines in the league.
Varlamov stops 26 shots, Avalanche beat Oilers 4-1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche broke out of their slump by beating a team struggling just as much as them.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots to help the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist, and Alexander Kerfoot also scored for the Avalanche.
Points of honor: Avalanche boast top line in hockey
DENVER (AP) — Bottom line: Gabriel Landeskog , Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen form the top line in the league.
Numbers-wise, anyway. Perception-wise, their reputation is rapidly rising, too.
Landeskog powers Avs to big 3rd period, 6-3 win over Ottawa
DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog didn't feel out of line with this proclamation: His line is the best in hockey.
Rantanen scored twice, leads Avalanche past Flyers 4-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikko Rantanen had two goals, Matt Nieto and Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Monday night.
The Avalanche continued their early-season hot streak and finished 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip. Landeskog had a hat trick on the trip against New Jersey and clinched this one with his eighth goal of the season early in the third period.
Semyon Varlamov was solid in net and stopped 37 shots.
Rantanen scores twice, leads Avalanche past Flyers 4-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog are the top line in Colorado — and right now, the NHL.
Rantanen had two goals, Matt Nieto and Landeskog also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Monday night.
The Avalanche continued their early-season hot streak and finished 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip.
Landeskog’s hat trick leads Avalanche past Devils 5-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Colorado squandered a chance at victory on the start of its East Coast swing, and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog wasn't about to let it happen a second time.
Landeskog scored three goals, the last of which put Colorado ahead with 3:22 remaining, and the Avalanche beat the previously unbeaten New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Thursday night.
MacKinnon ups goal streak to 4, Avalanche beat Sabres 6-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon shrugged off his hot start with the Colorado Avalanche this season by suggesting he can be better.
"It's nice for sure. I think I can play better than I am," MacKinnon said after scoring twice in a 6-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. "I'm just putting it in right now but I think, overall, it hasn't been the easiest year so far."
MacKinnon, Rantanen help Avs to 4-1 win over Wild in opener
DENVER (AP) — For a brief moment, the Minnesota Wild lost track of the super speedy Nathan MacKinnon.
That's all it took.
MacKinnon had a tap-in goal off a nifty pass from Mikko Rantanen to give Colorado the lead, Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots and the Avalanche beat the Wild 4-1 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.