Bear scores winner, Canucks rally, surprise Avalanche 4-3

Makar also scored for the Avs, who lost second-line center Evan Rodrigues to a lower-body injury late in the first period. Francouz stopped 22 shots.

Colorado had won three in a row. After going 32-5-4 at home in the regular season en route to winning the Stanley Cup in June, the Avalanche fell to 4-3-1 at Ball Arena.

There was a brief delay with 1:03 left when fans, already upset by the Makar interference, threw debris onto the ice after Colorado took its fifth penalty kick.

With a tie at 2, Tyler Myers stuck his stick in Rantanen’s face in the second, earning a double minor. The Avs finished 5-to-3, with Makar getting a feed from Nathan MacKinnon (NHL-best 22nd assist) and fired a shot from the left circle with 4:01 left.

But Dries batted in a loose puck early in the third period to tie the score.

Rantans pinned into a feed from Devon Toews to make it 1-1 midway through the first period. He conceded his 13th goal hitting a rebound at home with Dakota Joshua in the box for high-sticking at 17:44.

It was the seventh consecutive game that has scored the league’s top power play unit.

Rodrigues then went straight to the locker room with a lower body injury tumble hard to the ice when he got stuck with Kyle Burroughs late in the first inning.

Coming off a 3-0 trip, Colorado got off to a sloppy start.

A turnover behind the net led to Elias Pettersson a open Mikhiev in the slot, and his wrist shot on 21 seconds made it 1-0. It was Vancouver’s fastest goal since Henrik Sedin scored 10 seconds in Colorado on October 24, 2014.

NHL debut

2021 Colorado first-round pick Oskar Olausson was drafted from the minors and made his NHL debut while skating second line with Alex Newhook and Rodrigues. Martin Kaut moved up to the fourth line.

“A good skater, good offensive weapons, a good shot,” said the 20-year-old Swede when asked to describe his style.


Artturi Lehkonen assisted on both Rantanen goals to extend his career-long point streak to eight games. … The Avs also recalled F Jayson Megna. … Avs D Samuel Girard (lower body) returned after a six game absence. … Colorado D Bowen Byram (lower body) still doesn’t skate. … Canucks F Tanner Pearson (hand) skated in the morning but missed his sixth game in a row. … The injured Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog (knee surgery) turned 30.


Canucks: Visit Vegas on Saturday night.

Avalanche: Friday in Nashville.


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Mike Cranston, The Associated Press

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