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VANCOUVER Ottawa Senators T-Shirts Authentic , British Columbia (AP) The Colorado Avalanche’s power play was nearly nonexistent for weeks. It came up big in Vancouver.Nathan MacKinnon scored Colorado’s fifth power-play goal of the game 3:36 into overtime, lifting the Avalanche to a 5-4 victory over the Canucks on Tuesday night.Colorado trailed 4-1 with 4:18 left in a wild second period before storming back.Article continues below ...”We got some momentum,” said MacKinnon, who also had three assists. ”You don’t see a lot of 4-1 comebacks, especially nowadays. Teams usually shut it down.”To come back you need a good power play.”Coming in, the Avalanche were 1 for 28 with the man advantage over their previous eight games. Colorado’s power play was ranked 31st in the league on the road.”I think everyone was on their game,” said Tyson Barrie, who had a goal and four assists to set a franchise record for points by a defenseman in a regular-season game. ”We got ourselves down 4-1 and that’s not good enough. It showed a lot of character from the guys tonight. There was no quit. We didn’t change our game and our power play came up huge.”Barrie tied it with 3:01 left in the third on a one-timer with Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen off for hooking.Then, with Daniel Sedin off for hooking in overtime, Barrie passed to MacKinnon, who fired a shot from the faceoff circle past Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson.Colorado pulled three points out of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.”We were talking about desperation and playing with urgency and we’ve lacked that a little bit in the last handful of games,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. ”We felt other teams were turning it up and the competitiveness and urgency in everyone’s game at this point in the year was going up and ours wasn’t.”Tonight, we were kind of quiet (before the game), looked like a focused room. We were determined to stick with it and get rewarded.”Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists Ottawa Senators Hoodies Authentic , Gabriel Landeskog added a goal and an assist, and Tyson Jost also scored for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov finished with 24 saves.Brandon Suter and Nikolay Goldobin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a wild second period. Darren Archibald and Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver. Nilsson stopped 29 shots.Colorado finished 5 for 6 on the power play, and Vancouver was 1 for 3.”I’ve never been part of a game where you score four goals, and don’t give up an even-strength goal, and lose,” Canucks coach Travis Green said.The rookie coach stated the obvious when he said the Vancouver penalty kills need improving.”We have to find a way to block shots and get some clears,” he said. ”There’s lots that goes into penalty kills. … When you give up five power-play goals, your penalty kill isn’t sharp enough.”The Canucks scored three goals 2:41 apart to build a 4-1 lead in the second period. Goldobin put Vancouver ahead on the power play when his shot from a sharp angle was tipped over Varlamov’s shoulder with 6:59 remaining. Goldobin then created a turnover a center-ice that allowed Sutter to break in and score on a shot that hit Varlamov’s glove and went in 51 seconds later.Horvat appeared to put the Canucks in control when he scored off Brock Boeser’s pass from behind the net with 4:18 left.Rantanen then beat Nilsson with a shot from the faceoff circle with 2:03 to go in the middle period, and Landeskog tipped a shot from side of the net with 37 seconds left to pull the Avalanche to 4-3 and cap the seven-goal period.”We need to learn how to close games, how to play with the lead,” Nilsson said. ”Maybe it’s a few penalties we can eliminate, and our penalty kill can play better. … Myself, I need to find some extra saves on the penalty kill. It’s team work and everyone needs to be a little better.”After a scoreless first period, Sutter made a nice play to set up the first goal of the game just 34 seconds into the second. Sutter stripped the puck from Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov behind the net then one-handed a pass out front to Archibald Ottawa Senators Hats Authentic , who beat Varlamov with a quick shot to the stick side.Jost tied the game at 10:46 when he deflected Barrie’s shot from the point under Nilsson’s arm.NOTES: The Canucks signed D Erik Gudbranson to a three-year, $12 million contract. … With G Jacob Markstrom sidelined with a minor injury, Richard Bachman was recalled from Utica of the AHL and dressed as Nilsson’s backup. … The Avalanche recalled D Andrei Mironov and D David Warsofsky from San Antonio of the AHL to replace Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm, who suffered upper-body injuries Sunday.UP NEXTAvalanche: At Edmonton on Thursday night.Canucks: At Vegas on Friday night. ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Alex Ovechkin covered his eyes with his gloved hands in disbelief. Barry Trotz hid his disbelief inside.Chandler Stephenson had the perfect view and didn’t like the odds. The net was wide open and Braden Holtby reached his stick across and stopped Alex Tuch’s shot in the final minutes to save the game.”I thought, `Oh, no, no, no,”’ Stephenson said. ”And then his paddle was there and he made the save and I just couldn’t believe it.”Holtby’s unbelievable move might go down as one of the most important moments in Stanley Cup history. It allowed the Washington Capitals to even the final against the Vegas Golden Knights and served as further evidence of Holtby’s dominant playoff run.Most of the buzz going into the Cup Final surrounded Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a deserved Conn Smythe favorite who already has two championship rings. But Holtby stole the show in making 37 saves in Game 2 and returned to his career-long playoff dominance after allowing five goals on 33 shots in a Game 1 that was far from goalie-friendly. It’s the kind of play his Capitals teammates have come to expect this time of year.”The guy’s just a machine,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. ”Boy, has he been good. Making the saves that he’s supposed to make look really routine and he’s made some game changers – none better than the one with a couple minutes left in Game 2.”Holtby is not impressed.Trotz has watched ”the save” a handful of times, and Holtby has analyzed it but believes ”there’s a lot more saves that I’ve made even these two games that I like a lot more than that one.” The laser-focused 2016 Vezina Trophy winner is far more worried about how to not need to make that desperate of a stop in Game 3 Saturday night and beyond.”You hope that next time you get more of your body behind it and give it less chance of going in Custom Ottawa Senators Jerseys ,” Holtby said Friday. ”You try and find little areas where you can limit the chance of the puck going in instead of just hoping it doesn’t.”The 28-year-old doesn’t make saves on hope. Since he made his NHL playoff debut as a rookie in 2012, Holtby has a 2.04 goals-against average and .929 save percentage – fourth- and second-best all-time among goalies with at least 50 games of experience.In other words, Holtby is no one-save pony. In these playoffs, he’s 13-7 with a 2.19 GAA and .921 save percentage since replacing Philipp Grubauer in Game 2 of the first round.”Thank God he’s our goalie,” Ovechkin said. ”He’s over there when we need him.”Holtby wasn’t where he needed to be in February, when he had a stretch of 11 games in which he allowed 41 goals and took some time off to ”reset.” He worked with goaltending coach Scott Murray on some technical adjustments, got his mind right and has felt a noticeable change since.”It was more a mental thing,” Holtby said. ”Every year’s different, every situation, and I was just getting to a point where I was seeing the play one step ahead of it instead of waiting for it to come, and just being a little bit more patient and expecting the unexpected.”It doesn’t get more unexpected than the weird bounce late in Game 2 that preceded his save on Tuch. Maybe that puck goes in 99 times out of 100, but Holtby has shown the ability to make the unpredictable save that stuns friends and foes alike.”Saves like the one in the third period definitely make him a tough goaltender to beat,” former Capitals and current Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said. ”He’s never out of a save. He’s a guy that can recover well, he’s got quick feet and he’s just very athletic.”From the other end of the rink www.officialflyersproshop.com , Fleury – who has allowed seven goals in the series and not been nearly as unbeatable as he was in the first three rounds – can admire Holtby’s play even if he doesn’t like it.”I think it’s an awesome save,” Fleury said. ”I don’t appreciate it, though. I’d rather it be a goal.”Holtby has done a spectacular job of not only limiting goals but making almost every save on shots he has been able to see. Even if teammates are watching through their fingers on the bench, they appreciate that and are uplifted by it.”He steps up in the big moments,” defenseman Christian Djoos said. ”The saves he makes, in playoffs you need it.”NOTES: Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov took part in an optional practice after leaving Game 2 Wednesday clutching his left arm and not returning. Trotz said Kuznetsov had not been cleared, considers him day to day, and expects Washington’s leading scorer to be a game-time decision. … Capitals D Brooks Orpik, who took a slash from Erik Haula late in Game 2, had his left pinkie wrapped but expects to be able to continue playing. Orpik did not skate Friday. … Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said F William Carrier is getting close and should ”be available in the near future.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals

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