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MacKinnon leads Avalanche over Leafs in a shootout


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Georgiev then rejected Mitch Marner to seal both points for the visitors.

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Colorado enhanced to 4-4 in shootouts, while Toronto dropped to 0-2.

Coming off Monday’s 4-3 home loss to Buffalo where Toronto held a 2-0 lead late in the 2nd duration, the Leafs opened the scoring 3 minutes into the very first when Rielly scored his 3rd after striking the post previously.

The Avalanche reacted on a power play later on in the duration when Rantanen’s pass entered off Toronto defenceman Jake McCabe for his 44th.

Samsonov stopped Valeri Nichushkin on a short-handed breakaway in the 2nd prior to Cale Makar almost went end-to-end on a spectacular rush, however saw the puck drip simply large of Toronto’s objective.

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Georgiev matched his Russian equivalent at the other end by rejecting Rielly on a power play and Calle Jarnkrok from in near keep things even through 40 minutes.

After the Leafs killed 2 charges early in the 3rd, William Nylander and Auston Matthews had a great chance on Georgiev. 

Samsonov then rejected Evan Rodrigues from the slot with his blocker to keep things even through policy.


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The huge winger’s 44objectives are the most by a Finnish-born gamer because Teemu Selanne scored 48 times back in 2006-07.


Marner factored in on the game-opening objective for the 19th time this season, which tracks just MacKinnon (20) for the most amongst all gamers. 


Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who has yet to play this season, continues to work his method back from knee surgical treatment.

Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said following Tuesday’s practice there’s still no timeline for the winger’s return.

“Making progress,” Bednar said. “Gonna keep grinding to get back as soon as he can. I don’t know when that will be. I don’t know if it’ll be regular season, beginning of post-season. It’s all going to be up to him.”


Luke Schenn went back to Scotiabank Arena as a member of the Leafs for the very first time in more than a years.

Acquired from Vancouver prior to the trade due date, the veteran defenceman rejoined the club after his partner just recently brought to life the couple’s 3rd kid.

The Leafs chosen Schenn, who didn’t gown versus Colorado, with the 5th total choice in 2008 prior to trading him to Philadelphia in 2012.

“Coming into this dressing room, it’s surreal,” the 33-year-old said Wednesday early morning. “You appreciate what it means to play in Toronto, but not to the extent I do now.”


Artturi Lehkonen will be out a minimum of 4 weeks with a damaged finger suffered in Colorado’s 8-4 success over Montreal on Monday, contributing to the club’s season-long injury suffering.

The gritty winger was scheduled to have surgical treatment Wednesday in Colorado.

“One of our identity guys,” Bednar said. “One of the hardest-working guys on the ice in every single game.”


Avalanche: Visit Ottawa on Thursday.

Leafs: Host Carolina on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was very first released March 15, 2023.

Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter.

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

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