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Mikko Rantanen four-point night pushes Avalanche to NHL record


ELMONT, NY – If the Avs are more concerned with the process than the results, there will be plenty for them to dislike from their effort Tuesday night.

But in typical fashion to this point in the season, Colorado’s talent and ability to score in spurts was enough to overcome a deficit and set an NHL record with its 15th consecutive regular-season road win. The Avalanche also improved to 6-0 to start this season with a 7-4 victory against the New York Islanders at UBS Arena.

This was Alexandar Georgiev’s worst game of the young season, but he made a couple of big saves in the third period to preserve the lead and won for the sixth time. Colorado’s penalty kill yielded a goal early in the second period, but then negated New York’s next four extra-man chances.

Anders Lee beat Georgiev with a long wrist shot at 4:40 of the third period to even the score at 4-4, but the Avalanche reclaimed the lead for the third time in this contest at 7:47. Tomas Tatar blocked a shot near the point in the defensive end, collected the puck and found Mikko Rantanen with a cross-ice pass off the rush.

Rantanen beat Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin for his fifth goal of the season.

There will be some things from this game that Avalanche players and coaches want cleaned up, but they also racked up 41 shots on goal against one of the better defensive teams in the league. Sorokin made several stellar stops in the game, and Colorado still beat him five times.

Much of the second period would fall into the not great category for the Avs. There haven’t been many stretches of play through the first six games of the season where Colorado looked second-best on the ice, but the first 18 minutes of the middle stanza signified the most prolonged period to date.

Kyle Palmieri scored from in tight on the power play and Simon Holmstrom beat Georgiev from the high slot to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead. But it didn’t take long for the Avs to grab it right back.

Bo Bryam scored his first goal of the season with 42 seconds left in the period after the Islanders decided not to cover him at the top of the offensive zone. Nathan MacKinnon followed with a goal 13.2 seconds later and Colorado was back in front.

Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96) watches as a puck shot by Ryan Johansen gets past New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Colorado Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen (96) watches as a puck shot by Ryan Johansen gets past New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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