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Avalanche score 4 in first period, handle Flyers 6-3

Mar 25, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) celebrates his goal in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Cale Makar had two goals, Nazem Kadri had a goal and two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 in Denver on Friday night.

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, J.T. Compher and Kurtis MacDermid also scored, Erik Johnson had two assists and Pavel Francouz stopped 28 shots for Colorado.

James van Riemsdyk, Zack MacEwen and Max Willman scored goals and Carter Hart had 45 saves for the Flyers.

Kadri got the Avalanche going early in the first period when he got the puck in the defensive zone, skated into Philadelphia’s end and beat Hart with a screened shot at 7:20. It was his 25th of the season.

The Flyers got even later in the first period when van Riemsdyk put a shot on Francouz, got his own rebound and buried it at 13:02. It was his 16th of the season.

Colorado struck right back just five seconds into a power play. Kadri won the faceoff back to Makar, who stickhandled to the center of the zone and beat Hart with a wrister at 13:46.

The Avalanche went ahead 3-1 just 2:21 later. Kadri’s shot went behind the net, and Compher corralled it, maneuvered to the side and put a shot off Hart’s helmet and in at 16:17. It was Compher’s 13th of the season.

Rantanen finished the first-period barrage with his 32nd goal when his pass attempt to Valeri Nichushkin hit off the stick of Philadelphia defenseman Keith Yandle and through Hart’s pad at 18:06.

MacDermid made it 5-1 when he scored on a one-timer off of a faceoff at 12:19 of the second period. It was his second goal of the season.

MacEwen got one back for the Flyers before the end of the second when he broke in alone on Francouz, fought off Makar and slid the puck inside the right post at 19:28 for his second goal of the season.

Philadelphia cut it to 5-3 on Willman’s third goal of the season at 7:44 of the third, but Makar answered with his 24th at 8:25.

–Field Level Media