The Colorado Avalanche came out with the win as they came back from a 3-2 deficit late to defeat the Ottawa Senators at home in overtime by the final score of 4-3. Colorado improves to 27-12-4 on the season with 58 points.
The Avalanche came out of the gates red-hot as forward Jamie McGinn capitalized on a Cory Conacher penalty to put the Avs on the power-play just minutes into the game. McGinn would score his 10th goal of the season on a beautiful pass from Erik Johnson. Nick Holden would also pick up an assist on the power-play goal. Just under three minutes later, Jan Hejda would deliver an absolute bomb to put the Colorado Avalanche up 2-0 early in the first five minutes. Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny would pick up the points on Hejda’s goal.
With just under five-minutes to go in the first period, Ottawa would get on the board as Clarke MacArthur would net his 15th goal of the season on the assist of Bobby Ryan. The Senators would keep their scoring going late in the second period when Jason Spezza would score his 12th goal of the season on a power-play attempt, assisted by Clarke MacArthur and Erik Karlsson. Just a little under two-minutes later, Kyle Turris shot one past Semyon Varlamov for his 11th goal of the season as the assists went to Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson.
The Avalanche would put the pressure on late in the third period as they got multiple shots on net and a lot of ice time in Ottawa’s zone. They finally cracked the code as a Gabriel Landeskog fast-break led to a Paul Stastny rebound goal for his 13th of the season. Landeskog and Barrie would pick up the points. The game would head into overtime as the score was all knotted up at 3 apiece.
Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson lost his stick as Colorado was attacking in the first 20 seconds of the overtime period and they would pay for that. Defenseman Tyson Barrie was wide-open in front of the net and buried the overtime winner to seal the Colorado Avalanche comeback, 4-3.
3: Erik Karlsson (OTT): Two assists, four shots on goal, +1 rating.
2: Paul Stastny (COL): One goal, two assists.
1: Tyson Barrie (COL): Game-winning goal in overtime, assist.
The Colorado Avalanche (27-12-4) finish up their seven-game home stand Friday night as they host the New York Islanders. Puck-Drop is scheduled for 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT.