Landeskog scores 200th goal, Avalanche rout Blues 8-0

DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog scored 2 objectives to reach 200 for his profession, assisting the Colorado Avalanche rebound from an opening-night loss with an 8-0 thrashing of the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

Nathan MacKinnon had an objective and 2 helps, Mikko Rantanen scored the 100th objective of his profession and included a help, and Nazem Kadri likewise had an objective and a help.

Philipp Grubauer dealt with simply 21 shots in his 12th profession nothing and Cale Makar had 3 helps for Colorado, which went 5 for 7 on the power play.

The Avalanche got in the season with title expectations however had an uninspired effort in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday night. After a scoreless very first duration, their offense broke out in the 2nd and 3rd.

”There wasn’t much to like about the season opener. We had an excellent conference recently and we got to see how bad we were on Wednesday and we were inspired to come back and make a declaration,” Landeskog stated. ”Power play was a huge aspect. Prior to we began scoring the objectives we were playing well and playing hard.”

Landeskog got the very first objective at 4:03 and his turning point tally 10 minutes later on when he capitalized a pass from Rantanen at 14:34 of the 2nd. Simply 2:10 prior to that, Andre Burakovsky, who likewise had a help, scored for the 2nd straight video game.

Rantanen made it 4-0 late in the 2nd with a shot from one knee that beat goalie Jordan Binnington for his 100th objective.

”A hundred objectives, it feels excellent to get that,” Rantanen stated. ”I wasn’t considering it excessive however clearly feels excellent. Can’t reject that. Greatest thing to get the win, however it’s an excellent reward.”

Binnington stopped 20 shots prior to being changed by Ville Husso to begin the 3rd duration. Husso made 6 conserves in his NHL launching.

”He was our finest gamer tonight without a doubt. It’s humiliating what we performed in front of him,” St. Louis captain Ryan O’Reilly stated of Binnington. ”It’s a wakeup require us. After the very first video game we got some excellent bounces, we win, and we believe it’s going to be much easier. We require to discover a method to react.”

Husso stopped his very first shot of the night, however Kadri knocked in the rebound 1:13 into the 3rd. MacKinnon and Joonas Donskoi scored 33 seconds apart later on in the 3rd, and Devon Toews scored on the power play to finish the blowout.

”It was a quite uneven rating however it was a hard very first duration,” MacKinnon stated. ”I seemed like we needed to break them down, and we endured them. It was terrific to see a great deal of various men begin feeling it.”

AROUND THE RINK

Colorado defenseman Sam Girard had 2 helps. … F Mike Hoffman made his launching for the Blues … Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram, the 4th total choice in the 2019 draft, will skate Saturday. Byram needed to wait 7 days to sign up with the group after getting here from Canada, where he played on the planet junior champion competition.

BORTUZZO INJURED

St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo left the video game in the very first duration after taking a hit from Colorado’s Valeri Nichuskin. Blues coach Craig Berube stated the hit must require an evaluation by the NHL workplace.

”There need to be,” he stated. ”It’s a hit from behind to the head.”

JOHNSON CLOSER

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is anticipated to skate Saturday. Johnson missed out on the brief training school and the very first 2 video games while recuperating from COVID-19.

UP NEXT

Blues: Return house to host San Jose for 2 video games beginning Monday.

Avalanche: At the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday to start a four-game swing through Southern California.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.