Panthers maintain off late comeback effort from Avalanche in wild affair

DENVER (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk scored his second objective of the sport with 3:30 remaining and the Florida Panthers beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 after blowing a three-goal lead within the third interval Tuesday evening.

Tkachuk stored swiping on the puck down low on an influence play till defenseman Cale Makar lastly pushed it towards the aspect. However the puck went in off the skate of Avalanche ahead Evan Rodrigues.

“He’s constructed for it, proper?” Panthers coach Paul Maurice stated of Tkachuk in late-game moments. “He doesn’t thoughts going to the online. Ultimately that’s what occurs. It’s not the gorgeous ones at the moment.”

Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Montour and Sam Bennett all scored within the first interval to present the Panthers a fast 3-0 begin. Tkachuk added one other objective within the second.

“He’s scored large targets for us all 12 months and there’s simply one other one,” Bennett stated about Tkachuk.

Trailing 4-1 halfway by way of the third, Colorado bought targets from Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon simply 20 seconds aside. J.T. Compher tied it with 7:53 left, moments after the Avalanche had a objective disallowed on a profitable Panthers problem for offside.

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“We quit three targets immediately. That’s robust,” Rantanen stated. “It’s robust to return again and we did.”

The Avalanche have been pissed off with Rantanen’s penalty for interference that put the Panthers on the ability play, resulting in Tkachuk’s winner. Florida may need caught a break with a excessive stick that wasn’t known as.

“I didn’t just like the sequence in any respect,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar stated. “I imply, Compher takes one within the face within the impartial zone. They let it go. Thirty seconds later, we’re getting known as for one — on one I believe a man ornaments somewhat bit. I’m simply pondering, let the gamers determine it.”

Added Rantanen: “I’m not saying something in regards to the refs, I’m simply saying it’s a excessive stick. That’s all I’m saying.”

The Avalanche pulled goalie Alexandar Georgiev with round a minute to go however couldn’t get the equalizer.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 photographs for Florida.

Andrew Cogliano additionally scored for the Avalanche, who’ve dropped six of their final seven video games (1-5-1). Georgiev made 32 saves in his twelfth straight begin _ most by a Colorado goaltender since Semyon Varlamov made 22 in a row in 2015.

Each groups may doubtlessly mix for a bit of historical past they actually don’t need. Florida and Colorado have been two of the highest squads within the NHL final 12 months, with the Panthers incomes the Presidents’ Trophy for many factors throughout the common season and the Avalanche hoisting the Stanley Cup.

With every crew presently exterior the playoff image, this might mark the primary time within the NHL’s fashionable period (since 1943-44) when the reigning No. 1 seed from the common season and the defending Stanley Cup champion didn’t have a playoff spot on the midway level of the season, based on NHL Stats. The Panthers are previous the midway mark, however Colorado has two extra video games earlier than the halfway level.

Tkachuk has 22 targets and 29 assists in 39 video games. He’s the third Panthers participant to achieve 50 factors in 39 or fewer video games, becoming a member of Pavel Bure (34 video games in 1999-00) and Jonathan Huberdeau (twice: 37 video games in 2021-22, and 38 video games in 2019-20).

AROUND THE RINK

Colorado defensemen Josh Manson and Bowen Byram have resumed skating. Each are out with lower-body accidents. … Bennett, Barkov and Montour every had a objective and an help. … MacKinnon scored his 253rd profession objective to maneuver previous Anton Stastny for fifth place on the franchise checklist.

UP NEXT

Panthers: At Vegas on Thursday to complete their four-game journey.

Avalanche: At Chicago on Thursday. Colorado’s subsequent street win could be No. 500 within the common season because the franchise relocated from Quebec to Denver earlier than the 1995-96 season.

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