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Recap: Avs beat Minnesota and secure another road win

It was close in the end, but the Avalanche did enough to beat Minny!

NHL: NOV 24 Avalanche at Wild Photo by Bailey Hillesheim/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche met for a divisional showdown at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesotta, for their first meeting of the regular season. It was closely contested on the scoreline, but it felt like the Avalanche had control of this one from start to finish. Another penalty-riddled second period once again wasn't enough to stop the Avalanche.

The Game

It was all systems go for Colorado in this one, from puck drop and Ross Colton got the scoring started for the Avalanche. Riley Tufte and Bowen Byram combined for a beautiful passing play, and Colton ripped home the wrister. Byram even made a drop pass and screened the defender. Great play from Bo.

Roughly nine minutes later, Valeri Nichuskin extended his goal streak to six games. His deflection goal came from Nathan MacKinnon's one-timer and was logged as a power play goal. Big Val seems to be unstoppable since the birth of his child. I'm unsure how that relates to performance, but it feels like it has.

The Wild quickly responded to Colorado's powerplay tally with their own goal. Riley Tufte couldn't gather the puck in his own end, and it ended up on the net. Kirill Karpizov was Johnny on the spot and put home a rebound goal. That made it 2-1 Avalanche.

There were a total of six penalties called in the second period. Each side got three, but the Avalanche were called for a double minor. The Wild took advantage of one of those power plays and tied things at two goals a piece with six minutes left in the second period.

The third-period starter once again, with the Avalanche tied at two goals, but this time, Kurtis MacDermid scored via backhand. His first of the season put that Avalanche back on top. In the end, we saw some crucial saves from Alexandar Georgiev. He did well to maintain a lead. The Wild gave a solid effort in the end to find an equalizer, but it wasn’t enough, and Colorado will head home with two more road points.

Takeaways

I'm not sure how to feel about these overly officiated second periods. It's beginning to make me wonder if the Avalanche is the problem. We will have to keep tabs on things in the future, but I can't imagine making a habit of being highly penalized bodes well for the Avs.

If you haven't heard, Valeri Nichushkin is on fire right now. He scored his ninth goal of the season tonight and, as previously mentioned, has now scored in six consecutive contests. He and Ross Colton seem to have found a groove. Even Jonathan Drouin seems to be finding his footing here in Denver.

Avs netminder Alexandar Georgiev has had an up-and-down year so far, but he did well to secure the win for Colorado. In particular, he was excellent late in the third period while on the kill. That's when you need your netminder to be at his best. He came through tonight!

Upcoming

The Avalanche will be back at home against a Calgary Flames team that continues to fill the news wire with concerning quotes and talking points. Can the Avalanche send another struggling team further down their respective spiral in the second of a back-to-back?