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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the latest week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche.

After their home OT loss to Calgary, the Avalanche returned to the road this past Tuesday with a trip to Madison Square Garden to face a Rangers team on a shaky start to the season. The Avs went to OT for the second straight game, as regulation ended in a 2-2 tie, but this time, nothing was scored in the extra frame, leading to a shootout. The Avalanche lost the shootout and the game, with Mikko Rantanen scoring the only Avs shootout goal of the evening (and, as of this article, the season). The Avalanche went to “the Rock” to face the Devils, and after trailing twice, with the latter deficit coming in the middle of the third period, Colorado netted three goals in the remaining regulation time, resulting in a 5-3 victory. The game marked the first time that Nathan MacKinnon did not score, but Gabriel Landeskog picked up his third hat trick of his career–scoring once in the second and twice in the third.

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On Saturday, the Avalanche went down south to Raleigh for a meeting with the Hurricanes. Landeskog’s hot streak continued, as he scored in the first and second periods to give the Avalanche a 2-0 lead. MacKinnon scored in the third, and while Phillipp Grubauer’s shutout bid ended with over two minutes left, the Avalanche still held on and won by a score of 3-1. The Avalanche hot start to this season continues, as the regulation loss in Columbus still stands as the only one of the season. Landeskog scored five goals in two games, MacKinnon is still putting pucks in the net at rapid pace, and Mikko Rantanen is racking up helpers; he had three and a goal in the game in New Jersey.

The Avalanche will remain on the road on Monday, as they will face off with the Flyers in Philadelphia. After that, the Avalanche will host the Tampa Bay Lightning this Wednesday on NBCSN, and Friday will see the team host the Senators, marking the first game in Denver for former Avalanche player Matt Duchene since he was traded last November. On Saturday, the Avalanche will head to Minnesota for the second meeting of the season against the Wild.

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown! Until next week!

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