Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Tanguay scored the deciding marker in
the third round of the shootout, as Colorado nipped Toronto, 4-3, on Thursday
at Pepsi Center.
Each of the first three shooters — Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene for the
hosts and Tyler Bozak for the visitors — converted their chances. James van
Riemsdyk of the Leafs followed by missing the net on his shot to end the
second round, then Tanguay beat Jonathan Bernier with a wrister to end the
Duchene, Tanguay and Nick Holden lit the lamp in regulation for the Avalanche,
who put a three-game skid to rest. Reto Berra came up with 33 saves over the
game’s first 65 minutes.
Bozak, Phil Kessel and Richard Panik tallied for the Maple Leafs, who have
lost two in a row following three straight wins. Bernier suffered the setback
despite 31 stops.
Toronto lost forward Daniel Winnik early in the contest. He was carted off the
ice on a stretcher after absorbing a hard hit from Avs defenseman Jan Hejda.