Rantanen scores late in 3rd, OT, Avalanche beat Blues 3-2

December 12, 2022 GMT
Colorado Avalanches' Mikko Rantanen takes the face-off against St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Le)
Colorado Avalanches' Mikko Rantanen takes the face-off against St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Le)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikko Rantanen scored in the final seconds of regulation and the first minute of overtime to complete his fifth career hat trick and give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Rantanen’s second goal of the game came with nine seconds left in regulation, forcing the extra period. He sealed the comeback win 29 seconds into overtime. Pavel Francouz made 30 saves and the Avalanche snapped a five-game winless streak.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Brandon Saad scored for the Blues, losers of eight of their last 10 games. Jordan Binnington stopped 28 of 31 shots for the Blues.

Rantanen scored 19th of the season early in OT when he pushed the rebound of a shot by Cale Makar past Binnington, completing his second hat trick of the season.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak in Florida.


Matty Beniers, Jordan Eberle, Daniel Sprong and Yanni Gourde also scored for Seattle. Jared McCann had an assist and Martin Jones finished with 23 saves as the Kraken improved to 3-1 all-time against the Panthers — including 2-0 in Florida.

Eric Staal and Chris Tierney scored for the Panthers, who have lost two straight and three of four. Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves while starting for the second straight night with Spencer Knight out due to illness.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau scored 40 seconds into overtime and Columbus won its second straight game.

Jack Roslovic had two goals and two assists, Patrik Laine had a goal and two assists, and Boone Jenner and rookie Kirill Marchenko also scored for the Blue Jackets. Gaudreau and Vladislav Gavrikov each had two assists, and Elvis Merzilikins stopped 33 shots.

Anze Kopitar scored twice, and Blake Lizotte, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Adrian Kemp also had goals for the Kings, who earned a point after rallying from two two-goal deficits. Jonathan Quick finished with 20 saves.

In the extra period, Gaudreau rushed in and tipped the rebound of Laine’s shot. The goal stood after a lengthy video review.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Keller capped his first career hat trick with a goal with 22.4 seconds remaining in overtime to give Arizona a win over Philadelphia.


Keller skated in from the left side and beat Carter Hart to the glove side as the Coyotes’ won their second straight home game after returning from a 14-game, 33-day road trip. Keller has a seven-game point streak.

Nick Ritchie and Jack McBain also scored and Karel Vejmelka made 35 saves for the Coyotes.

Morgan Frost had a goal and three assists, James van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists, and Travis Konecny and Owen Tippet also scored for the Flyers, who have lost five of six. Hart made 23 saves.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Lars Eller scored one of Washington’s four second-period goals in his 900th career game in a win over Winnipeg.

Trevor van Riemsdyk, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson had goals, and Alex Ovechkin scored into an empty net for the Capitals, who extended their season-high win streak to four games. Dmitry Orlov added two assists. Charlie Lindgren had 29 saves.


Adam Lowry and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Jets, who had a season-best four-game victory run halted. Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jake DeBrusk scored 2:11 into the third period to put Boston ahead for good in a win over Vegas in a matchup of division leaders.

Charlie Coyle and Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston and Linus Ullmark stopped 30 shots to improve to 16-1.

The Bruins, who lead the Atlantic Division, split the season series with the Pacific-leading Knights.

Boston improved to 11-1-1 against Western Conference teams.

Mark Stone scored for Vegas and Logan Thompson had 24 saves.


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