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Makar and Avalanche bounce back, beat Canadiens 4-1


Cale Makar scored to put Colorado ahead to stay late in the second period, Valeri Nichushkin added a goal and an assist, and the Avalanche beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 Thursday night.

Andre Borkovsky and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche, who rebounded from a horrific 8-3 loss to Toronto the night before.

Goalkeeper Jonas Johansson made 19 saves for Colorado.

Ben Charot scored for Montreal and Jake Allen stopped 30 of 33 shots.

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Colorado opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the second period. Loan O’Connor passed to a wide-open Nichushkin in net.

Chiarot tied the game for Montreal with his fifth goal of the season. His slap shot deflected an Avalanche player and hit the post before beating Johansson.

The Avs regained the lead late in the second when Makar deflected Samuel Girard’s shot from the blue line for his 10th goal of the season.

Burakovsky gave Colorado a 3-1 advantage in the third period by hitting a loose puck in front of the net.

A fan, apparently frustrated with the Canadiens’ recent poor play, threw a Habs jersey on the ice in the third period.

Landeskog added an empty net with 2:49 to go.

FOLLOWING

Avalanche: In Ottawa on Saturday.

Canadiens: In Nashville on Saturday.

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