Avalanche beats Maple Leafs in Toronto, extends winning streak to 10 games

TORONTO — After trailing for the first time in 10 games — briefly — the Avalanche used comeback hockey to win its 10th consecutive game Monday. With 7:43 left in regulation at the Air Canada Centre, Blake Comeau and Carl Soderberg worked a give-and-go to perfection, with Comeau tapping in Soderberg’s centering pass on the doorstep of Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Anderson. The goal broke a 2-2 tie and Colorado

Matt Duchene trade improved the Avalanche’s culture “a lot,” Nathan MacKinnon says

TORONTO — Following the Avalanche’s morning skate at the Air Canada Centre, Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon sat at his stall and addressed a throng of media for more than 20 minutes Monday. In what was supposed to be the last question, the Avs’ star center was asked if the culture of the team improved after Matt Duchene was traded to Ottawa Nov. 5 in a three-team deal that netted

Everything you need to know about Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs

COLORADO AT TORONTO, 5 p.m. Monday, ALT2; 950 AM Spotlight on Mitch Marner: The second-year Maple Leafs forward, 20, has played in all 48 games and is tied will fellow youngster William Nylander, 21, for second in team scoring with 32 points. Marner was selected by Toronto with the fourth pick of the 2015 draft, after a prolific three-year career with major junior’s London Knights. Toronto’s top three scorers are

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s victory over the N.Y. Rangers

Nine straight victories. The Avalanche extended its winning ways to nine games Saturday with a 3-1 triumph against the New York Rangers at sold-out Pepsi Center. The game story is here. The notebook, leading with Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon, includes all kinds of interesting stats. And my Sunday column on Carl Soderberg‘s line looks at the overlooked trio when the season began. THREE STARS Erik Johnson. Avs defenseman had a

MVP candidate Nathan MacKinnon has the NHL’s longest active points streak

Not surprisingly, the Avalanche’s nine-game winning streak coincides with Nathan MacKinnon‘s nine-game points streak, the NHL’s longest active streak. MacKinnon assisted on Colorado’s first goal Saturday and scored the second, the game-winner. It was his 18th multipoint game of the season — the most by an Avs player since Matt Duchene in 2013-14 — and seventh game-winning goal, tied for the league’s most. MacKinnon also is on a five-game goal

Chambers: Avalanche second line plays to a unique tune

They are an odd trio, the Avalanche’s second line. Respected and feared, they are not. Effective and underrated, they are. Colorado’s game day line chart says they’re the third line, but make no mistake, center Carl Soderberg and wingers Matt Nieto and Blake Comeau have entrenched themselves as a surprising rock-solid second line. They have regular shifts at even-strength — meaning they aren’t passed over — and they are primary

Avalanche win ninth straight game with victory over New York Rangers

The NHL’s worst team last season has put together the longest winning streak this season, and the second-longest in club history. Behind center Nathan MacKinnon and goalie Jonathan Bernier — again — on Saturday, the Avalanche won its ninth consecutive game, defeating the New York Rangers 3-1 at the Pepsi Center. Colorado’s winning streak ties what the Stanley Cup-winning team of 2000-01 put together in October that season. Hart Trophy

New York Rangers at Colorado Avalanche: How to watch, preview and more

When: Saturday 1 p.m. Where: Pepsi Center TV/Radio: ALT, 950 AM Buy Tickets | Parking Spotlight on Michael Grabner The Rangers’ forward has a team-high 20 goals and is one of three NHL players who have registered at least 40 goals and a plus-35 rating since the start of last season, along with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Boston’s Brad Marchand. Grabner, 30, is one of five NHL players who have

Ouch! Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen scores goal by deflecting a puck off his crotch

The Colorado Avalanche can seemingly do no wrong on this eight-game winning streak. Even when what the Avs do looks oh so wrong. Take right winger Mikko Rantanen, for instance. In Thursday night’s 4-1 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks, the 21-year-old forward attempted to set a screen in front of the net but obstructed Mark Barberio short more than intended. When Barberio fired a shot from just inside the

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s victory over San Jose

The Avalanche defeated San Jose 5-3 on Thursday for its eighth-consecutive win, third-longest in club history. The online game story — featuring more quotes than the print version —  is here. THREE STARS Nathan MacKinnon. Two goals and the eighth three-point game of the season for the Avalanche star center. Jonathan Bernier. Made 44 saves to collect his seventh consecutive victory in net. Matt Nieto. Avs left winger had a big-time

Eight it is: Avalanche hangs on to defeat San Jose to extend winning streak

Extending its winning streak to eight games seemed like a sure thing 22 minutes into the game Thursday night, but the Avalanche had to scratch and claw for it after surviving an impressive comeback by the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center. Behind Nathan MacKinnon’s two goals and eighth three-point performance of his remarkable season, the Avs prevailed 5-3 to for their eighth consecutive win, the third-longest streak in

Musical chairs with Colorado Avalanche rookie forwards

The Avalanche, now tied with Columbus as the NHL’s youngest team, has a plethora of rookie forwards. Previously injured rookie J.T. Compher returned to the lineup Thursday, replacing rookie Tyson Jost — who sustained an injury last game — as Colorado’s fourth-line center. And rookie Dominic Toninato, who was recalled from the minors Tuesday, replaced rookie A.J. Greer as the left-winger on rookie center Alex Kerfoot’s line. That’s five rookie

Lunch Special: Colorado Avalanche live chat with Mike Chambers

Want to chat about the red-hot Colorado Avalanche? The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers is taking your questions at noon in a live chat. Mobile users, can’t see the chat window? Tap here. (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));Hey gang, welcome to another edition of the Lunch Special. Today, Mike Chambers is serving up some Colorado Avalanche chat. The Avs have won seven in a row, so let's get

Some NHL teams hide injury information, but it might be hurting players

By Curtis Rush and Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post TORONTO — Ken Hitchcock was tired of the dance. In his 22nd year behind an NHL bench, the Dallas Stars head coach decided he would break from the prevalent, league-wide trend of referring publicly to player injuries only as “upper body” or “lower body” ailments. “It’s an injury and within two hours after we tell you (the media) it’s upper body,

Everything you need to know about San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche

SAN JOSE AT COLORADO, 7 p.m. Thursday, ALT, 950 AM Spotlight on Joe Thornton The Sharks’ future first-ballot Hockey Hall of Famer has 16 points (seven goals) in his past 17 games and needs two points to tie Bryan Trottier (1,425) for 16th place on the NHL all-time scoring list. Thornton, 38, is also coming up on major milestones in 400 goals and 1,500 games-played. He has 395 career goals

Red-hot Colorado Avalanche building on excitement at the Pepsi Center

The buzz is back. Avalanche average attendance isn’t where the NHL or the team wants it, but the energy at the Pepsi Center during Colorado’s six-game home winning streak has been reminiscent of that in the glory years. “Hey, it’s exciting for us,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said after Wednesday’s practice. Colorado (24-16-3) has had two 18,000-plus sellouts in its last six home games and drew 16,090 in Monday’s 3-1 win

Rookie J.T. Compher on the verge of returning to the Avs’ lineup

The red-hot Avalanche will likely get one of its top young forwards back in the lineup Thursday against the San Jose Sharks. Rookie J.T. Compher, who has missed six games with an undisclosed upper-body injury, went through a full practice Tuesday and is excited to rejoin a team on a seven-game winning streak. “We’re getting over it here,” Compher said of his injury. “It was nice to get a full

Chambers vs. Kiz: Will the Avalanche make the NHL playoffs?

Do the Avs have better than a 50/50 chance of making the NHL playoffs? Kiz: The buzz is back. In a hockey building, the momentum of something big about to happen builds with a noise that’s as real and organic as waves crashing on the beach. So how do I know how the Avs are for real as playoff contender? The happy sound of Colorado fans that truly believe this

Scoring first and killing penalties has the Avalanche in playoff position

The Avalanche hasn’t trailed during its seven-game winning streak and its remarkable month-long success in penalty killing has last season’s worst NHL team on the playoff bubble with games in hand over most teams in front of it. With 51 points, Colorado has multiple games in hand over Minnesota and Dallas, which are tied for the two Western Conference wildcard playoff spots with 53 points. On the PK, the Avs