NHL-leading Rangers outlast Avalanche 3-2 as Artemni Panarin, Vincent Trocheck score shootout goals

DENVER (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck scored shootout goals, Igor Shesterkin made 38 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout to lead the NHL-leading New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Chris Kreider and Kaapo Kakko scored in regulation for New York, which won its fourth in a row to reach 102 points, tops in the league.

Casey Mittelstadt and Devon Toews had goals for Colorado, which has dropped two straight following a nine-game winning streak.

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had his 19-game point streak ended when he went without a point at home for the first time this season. MacKinnon had at least one in the first 35 games, which is second in NHL history to Wayne Gretzky’s 40-game streak in 1988-89.

Colorado’s Alexandar Georgiev stopped 22 shots against his former team.

The Avalanche played without forward Valeri Nichushkin, who was scratched with an illness. Brandon Duhaime, acquired from Minnesota in a deadline deal, moved up from the fourth line to take Nichushkin’s place on the second line.

Duhaime made the most of his opportunity when he skated into the New York zone, sent a drop pass to Mittelstadt coming down the right side and Mittelstadt beat Shesterkin to the far post at 19:27 of the second period. He has a career-high 17 goals.

Kakko’s unassisted goal 2:59 into the third period, his 11th of the season, tied it.

New York went ahead midway through the third on Kreider’s power-play goal at 9:35. Colorado challenged that Kreider’s goal was off a hand pass, but his 34th of the season held up after a review.

The Avalanche answered when Toews’ shot from the point was saved by Shesterkin, but Rangers defensemen Ryan Lindgren knocked it through his goaltender’s legs at 12:47.


Rangers: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

Avalanche: Host the Nashville Predators on Saturday.