DENVER (AP) – Valeri Nichushkin scored his second goal of the game at 2:45 in extra time, Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves and Colorado Avalanche recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-2 difficulty on Friday night.
Nichushkin circled a defender and then slipped a shot past John Gibson for the winner. The 6 foot tall striker was mobbed by teammates on the corner.
“It was a nice goal,” said teammate Brandon Saad, who had one goal and two assists. “Tonight it was sharp. Whenever he uses his big body and his speed, it’s hard to manage. ”
Nichushkin and Saad helped catch up with Colorado missing player Nathan MacKinnon, who was a late scratch. MacKinnon started in the third period Wednesday in San Jose after taking a shot in the head.
“This afternoon (MacKinnon) is down and he wasn’t feeling well, so the protocol says he can’t play and we won’t put him out there and risk him getting hurt or something, or making it worse,” Avalanche explained. ‘coach Jared Bednar. “I don’t know what it means for tomorrow or the next day, but I assume he will miss a couple of games here.”
After 2-0 in the second period, Nichushkin and Saad scored 2:37 apart to make things even. Both of their goals were ahead of Gibson, who stopped 31 shots.
“We started a little slow. It was a nice win for the character, “Saad said.” That definitely makes you feel good in the right direction. ”