NHL Recaps: Cale Makar leads Avs over Kraken; and Canucks ground Jets

Recapping the NHL action from November 19, 2021

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Nov 19, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) skates against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

This NHL season hasn’t been kind to the expansion Kraken.

Last night, Cale Makar led the charge for the Avalanche in another crushing defeat. In a light night of action, the Canucks surprised the Jets.

Let’s recap the action.

Avalanche 7, Kraken 3

Makar had two goals and an assist and Andre Burakovsky also scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to four games with a 7-3 victory against the host Seattle Kraken on Friday night.”

Just trying to get the legs back and making sure that I can contribute every night for the team,” Makar said. “That’s what I want to be, obviously. I know this isn’t going to happen every night where you get two goals, but at the same time, we’re creating those chances and that’s what’s giving us opportunities to get those goals.”

Valeri Nichushkin, Erik Johnson and Nicolas Aube-Kubel also tallied for Colorado, which has scored 24 goals over its four-game streak, all without injured star Nathan MacKinnon (lower body).

Nazem Kadri and Tyson Jost added two assists apiece for the Avalanche, who led 7-0 early in the third period. Kadri extended his point streak to eight games (four goals, 11 assists).

Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper, acquired in an offseason trade with Arizona after Philipp Grubauer signed as a free agent with the expansion Kraken, made 25 saves.

Kuemper had his shutout bid end when Jordan Eberle scored a power-play goal at 5:57 of the third period. That extended Eberle’s point streak to seven games (seven goals, three assists).

Seattle’s Brandon Tanev added a man-advantage goal at 8:30 of the third, and Colin Blackwell stuffed a loose puck past Kuemper at the left post at 15:12.

The Kraken have lost six straight games, giving up 31 goals in the process.

Chris Driedger got the start in net for Seattle but was pulled 5:33 into the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Grubauer went the rest of the way, stopping 14 of 17 shots.

Canucks 3, Jets 2

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Nov 19, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kyle Burroughs (44) celebrates his first NHL goal against the Winnipeg Jets in the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Hometown product Kyle Burroughs scored his first NHL goal and the host Vancouver Canucks snapped a five-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland both scored power-play goals for the Canucks, who received a 37-save performance from goaltender Thatcher Demko.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois replied for the Jets, who lost in regulation for the first time in six games. Goalie Eric Comrie stopped 26 shots.

Vancouver’s special-team play has been deservedly maligned this season, but Ekman-Larsson’s first-period, power-play goal gave the hosts a jolt of life. Upon being passed the puck at the point, Ekman-Larsson fired a long wrist shot that found the mark on the short side at the 13:51 mark for his second goal of the season.

It was only the third time this season the Canucks held a lead after the first period, and they had lost the previous two such contests.

Burroughs potted his memorable goal to double the Vancouver lead early in the second period. The defenseman sent a long point shot that made it through the screen set up by his teammates. The puck ricocheted off the skate of Jets defenseman Nate Schmidt before finding the twine at the 3:12 mark.

“As soon as it left my stick, God knows what happened. I think I was the last one to celebrate,” Burroughs said via NHL.com. “It was a big accomplishment, especially for me. I don’t score a lot of goals in any league. To get it here is nice and a little bit of weight off the back. It’s even better to get the win tonight.”

Burroughs, 26, was playing his 14th game for the Canucks this season after starting his NHL career with five games for the Colorado Avalanche last season.

–Field Level Media