Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny each recorded a goal and an assist
while blue-liner Tyson Barrie also scored as the Avalanche won for
the third time in four games. Matt Duchene and rookie Nathan
MacKinnon added two assists apiece while Semyon Varlamov turned
aside 31 shots to notch his 30th victory.
Nate Thompson scored a pair of goals, Tom Pyatt also tallied and
defenseman Mike Kostka added two assists for the Lightning. Ben
Bishop made 29 saves for Tampa Bay, which fell to 1-2-0 on its
four-game road trip.
Pyatt opened the scoring 16:49 into the game, taking a pass from
Teddy Purcell and roofing a shot from the left faceoff circle.
Barrie weaved his way in front to stuff the puck under Bishop 30
seconds later to tie it and O’Reilly scored from the right circle
after a Tampa Bay turnover to give the Avalanche the lead at 19:01
of the first session.
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Thompson beat Varlamov from the bottom of the left circle 6:40 into
the second and chipped home his own rebound with 2:23 left in the
period for a 3-2 lead. Holden tied the game during a power play 5:12
into the third, sweeping in a cross-crease pass from O’Reilly, and
Johnson scored on a screen shot from the right-wing boards for the
GAME NOTEBOOK: MacKinnon extended his point streak to 11 games and
has 16 total in that span. … Tampa Bay C Valtteri Filppula missed
his fourth straight game with an ankle injury and D Radko Gudas
suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not
return. … Johnson returned from a two-game suspension for the
Avalanche and logged 24:09 of ice time while scoring his eighth goal
of the season.
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