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Avs’ Winning Streak Snapped By Leafs

The Colorado Avalanche entered Monday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs as winners of five straight games, but the team was unable to avenge their road loss to the Leafs on November 17. The Avalanche were blasted by the Leafs, 7-4, ending the team’s streak.

AvsJackSkilleThe Avalanche, for the ninth straight game, scored first, when Jack Skille put one past Jonathan Bernier early in the first frame to make it 1-0. However, Leo Komarov and Joffrey Lupul each scored a power play goal to put the Leafs up 2-1 after 20 minutes. John Mitchell tied the game early in the second period, but Komarov gave the Leafs the lead back with his second power play goal of the game. Erik Johnson tied the game on the power play late in the frame.

It was 3-3 after 40 minutes, but the third period was all Leafs. Tyler Bozak picked up a hat trick in the period, with his first goal coming early in the third with assists from James Van Riemsdyk and former Avalanche player P.A. Parenteau. Bozak scored an unassisted goal and an empty netter later in the period, while Van Riemsdyk scored in-between Bozak’s second and third goals. Skille picked up his second goal of the game, but by then, it was meaningless, and the Avalanche’s winning streak came to an end.

The Avalanche are finished with the Leafs this season, and were swept by Toronto, being outscored 12-5 in the two games. The Avs enter the holiday break at .500 (17-17-1), but remain in sixth place in the monstrous Central Division. With the home loss to the Leafs, the Avs drop to 6-8-1 at home this season.

The Avalanche’s next game isn’t until Sunday, which is the team’s second meeting against the Arizona Coyotes.

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