Recap: Colorado Avalanche come-from-behind to defeat the New Jersey Devils, 3-2.


Nov 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Colorado Avalanche celebrate the win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Colorado Avalanche won 4-3 in shootout. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The return of the Cardiac Kids. The Colorado Avalanche finished off their four-game Eastern Conference road trip Saturday night, coming from behind to defeat the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Colorado scored two third period goals to capture their sixth win of the season. Also, make that two-straight victory for the Avalanche.

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The game didn’t start off so hot for the Avalanche as the Devils capitalized roughly two minutes into the game. After a shot ricocheted of Avs’ goaltender Semyon Varalmov, a rebound attempt surfaced to Martin Havlat who buried it for his second goal of the season.

The Avs’ would respond later in the first period on a beautiful play set up by Jarome Iginla and Gabriel Landeskog. Land y took the puck behind the net as he found John Mitchell in front of the net – burying it to tie the game at one apiece.

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Colorado had a solid opportunity in the second period to take advantage of a four-minute double minor, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Eric Gelinas was penalized for high-sticking Avs’ centerman Marc-Andre Cliche midway through the period.

New Jersey was the first to respond in the third period with Eric Gelinas beating Varlamov to give the Devils an early 2-1 lead. Veteran Patrik Elias set the table for the play, picking up the assist.

Here’s where the Cardiac Kids surfaced. Erik Johnson had a fantastic game tonight, swarming the puck and was virtually everywhere on the ice. Johnson would bring the puck down the right slot and his shot trickled in behind Devils goaltender Cory Schneider for the equalizer – tying the game up 2-2.

Matt Duchene earned first-star honors tonight and rightfully so. After a Tyson Barrie shot attempt that deflected off Devils’ keeper Cory Schneider, Matt Duchene put back the rebound attempt to give the Avs’ a 3-2 lead.

That was all she wrote as Colorado held off New Jersey’s extra-attacker late, holding on to the 3-2 come-from-behind victory on the road.

The Colorado Avalanche (6-8-5, 17 points) resume action Thursday night as they take on the Washington Capitals at home. Puck-drop is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST.