Makar scores 2 to help Avalanche beat Blue Jackets 4-2

DENVER (AP) Cale Makar's anticipation was off but his shot was dead on. It was exactly what the depleted Colorado offense needed.

Makar scored twice, including a go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Pavel Francouz stopped 39 shots to lead the Avalanche to a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist, Samuel Girard also scored and Tyson Jost had two assists for Colorado, which has won two in a row despite losing another player to injury.

Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare left the game late in the second period when he was elbowed in the head by Columbus' Nick Foligno. The Avalanche were already without forwards Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson as well as defenseman Nikita Zadorov and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

With so many players sidelined the Avalanche have needed offense from their blueliners and they've come through, scoring five goals in the past two games.

''We need that. It takes five guys to create offense in this league now,'' Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. ''You can't just send your forwards into five guys and expect them to create goals and points.''

Emil Bemstrom and Zach Werenski scored and Joonas Korpisalo had 32 saves for Columbus.

The Avalanche trailed by a goal when Makar tied it with his third at 10:52 of the second when he beat Korpisalo over the goaltender's left shoulder.

He gave Colorado the lead later in the period, relying on instinct and a little luck when he and Jost came charging into the offensive zone on an odd-man rush. Jost hesitated and then slid a pass to Makar, who beat Korpisalo with a low shot with 3:49 left in the period.

''I wasn't expecting it,'' Makar said. ''It was an unreal pass, and when I picked my head up I had the whole net, so I panicked a little bit, kind of froze and threw it a little late. I saw the five-hole was wide open and I just put it there.''

A minute later Foligno left his skates to hit Bellemare near center ice, and Bellemare fell and hit his head on the ice. He was helped off and went to the locker room.

Foligno was given a charging major and a game misconduct.

''I actually didn't know I hit him in the head at all. That's why I was reacting the way I did when I saw the replay,'' Foligno said. ''There was no intent to hit him like that at all. I'm trying to line him up at the time and then he kind of turns back and makes that play. It just happened so fast and I felt sick to my stomach when I saw that I hit him in the head. My main concern is that he is OK. I got word from their locker room that he's feeling all right. .., I never want to hurt anyone. I think my track record speaks for itself. I would never maliciously try to (hurt) somebody.''

Bednar did not have an update on Bellemare's condition after the game.

Columbus pushed for the equalizer but Kadri's goal with 2:06 left in the third sealed Colorado's win soon after Makar missed on a chance that would have given the rookie his first career hat trick.

''Any time you get some adrenaline going down to the end of it, it's awesome,'' Makar said. ''I think it was bigger just seeing Kadri bury that one.''

The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Bemstrom and Werenski, the latter coming with less than a minute left before intermission. Girard had tied it four minutes earlier with his first goal of the season.

NOTES: Zadorov had surgery Friday to repair his broken jaw suffered in Thursday's win over Nashville. He is considered week-to-week. ... Columbus D Markus Nutivaara sat out his second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Colorado recalled C Jayson Megna from the Eagles of the AHL. He was a healthy scratch Saturday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: At Montreal on Tuesday night to wrap up a three-game road trip.

Avalanche: At Winnipeg on Tuesday night to start a five-game road trip.

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123T
CLB6-8-3
2002
COL10-5-2
1214
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW00-100/1013:573
C. Atkinson RW01120/0020:041
E. Bemstrom RW10021/0013:240
O. Bjorkstrand RW00-240/1018:200
P. Dubois C00-226/7018:021
N. Foligno LW01124/61510:423
V. Gavrikov D00-100/0017:011
S. Harrington D00000/0012:041
B. Jenner C00-135/6018:040
S. Jones D01-120/0026:391
D. Kukan D00-220/0214:111
S. Milano LW00-120/0008:550
G. Nyquist LW01-231/0019:410
D. Savard D00060/0019:022
K. Sherwood RW00020/1007:254
A. Texier LW00130/1017:081
A. Wennberg C00026/5016:070
Z. Werenski D10040/0024:211
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Barberio D00130/0213:470
P. Bellemare C00113/4008:161
A. Burakovsky LW00010/0012:510
M. Calvert RW00010/0219:331
I. Cole D00110/0020:530
J. Compher RW00247/2018:021
J. Donskoi RW00-110/0021:351
S. Girard D10130/0021:391
R. Graves D01010/0217:082
E. Johnson D00000/0023:082
T. Jost C02101/2214:461
N. Kadri C11126/4015:560
V. Kamenev C01004/1008:052
N. MacKinnon C00-147/10022:031
C. Makar D20170/0016:560
V. Nichushkin LW00230/0014:421
M. Nieto LW01130/0015:441
T. Tynan C00010/0008:040
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Korpisalo (L)3643258:26
GOALIESSA
J. Korpisalo (L)36
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Francouz (W)4123960:00
GOALIESSA
P. Francouz (W)41
19:27Oliver Bjorkstrand shot on goal (Wrist shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • COL
      17:54GOAL Nazem Kadri (Slap shot)
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • COL
      16:11GOAL Cale Makar (Wrist shot), Assists: Tyson Jost and Nazem Kadri
    • COL
      10:52GOAL Cale Makar (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan Graves and Matt Nieto
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CLB
      19:06GOAL Zach Werenski (Snap shot), Assists: Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno
    • COL
      15:06(PP) GOAL Samuel Girard (Slap shot), Assists: Vladislav Kamenev and Tyson Jost
    • CLB
      04:55(PP) GOAL Emil Bemstrom (Wrist shot), Assists: Seth Jones and Gustav Nyquist
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • COL
      07:02Tyson Jost penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • COL
      04:14Mark Barberio penalty Interference - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CLB
      17:15Nick Foligno penalty Game Misconduct - 10 min.
    • CLB
      17:15Nick Foligno penalty Charging - 5 min., served by Kole Sherwood
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • COL
      19:16Matt Calvert penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
    • CLB
      13:39Dean Kukan penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • COL
      04:03Ryan Graves penalty Holding - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
CLB
COL
Shots on Goal4136
Goals in Power Play11
Faceoff Wins2328
Penalties34
Major Penalties10
Minor Penalties14
Misconducts10
TEAM STATS
CLB
Shots on Goal41
Goals in Power Play1
Faceoff Wins23
Penalties3
Major Penalties1
Minor Penalties1
Misconducts1
123T
CLB6-8-3
2002
COL10-5-2
1214
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW00-100/1013:573
C. Atkinson RW01120/0020:041
E. Bemstrom RW10021/0013:240
O. Bjorkstrand RW00-240/1018:200
P. Dubois C00-226/7018:021
N. Foligno LW01124/61510:423
V. Gavrikov D00-100/0017:011
S. Harrington D00000/0012:041
B. Jenner C00-135/6018:040
S. Jones D01-120/0026:391
D. Kukan D00-220/0214:111
S. Milano LW00-120/0008:550
G. Nyquist LW01-231/0019:410
D. Savard D00060/0019:022
K. Sherwood RW00020/1007:254
A. Texier LW00130/1017:081
A. Wennberg C00026/5016:070
Z. Werenski D10040/0024:211
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Barberio D00130/0213:470
P. Bellemare C00113/4008:161
A. Burakovsky LW00010/0012:510
M. Calvert RW00010/0219:331
I. Cole D00110/0020:530
J. Compher RW00247/2018:021
J. Donskoi RW00-110/0021:351
S. Girard D10130/0021:391
R. Graves D01010/0217:082
E. Johnson D00000/0023:082
T. Jost C02101/2214:461
N. Kadri C11126/4015:560
V. Kamenev C01004/1008:052
N. MacKinnon C00-147/10022:031
C. Makar D20170/0016:560
V. Nichushkin LW00230/0014:421
M. Nieto LW01130/0015:441
T. Tynan C00010/0008:040
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Korpisalo (L)3643258:26
GOALIESSA
J. Korpisalo (L)36
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Francouz (W)4123960:00
GOALIESSA
P. Francouz (W)41
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
CLB6-8-3
2002
COL10-5-2
1214
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW00-100/1013:573
C. Atkinson RW01120/0020:041
E. Bemstrom RW10021/0013:240
O. Bjorkstrand RW00-240/1018:200
P. Dubois C00-226/7018:021
N. Foligno LW01124/61510:423
V. Gavrikov D00-100/0017:011
S. Harrington D00000/0012:041
B. Jenner C00-135/6018:040
S. Jones D01-120/0026:391
D. Kukan D00-220/0214:111
S. Milano LW00-120/0008:550
G. Nyquist LW01-231/0019:410
D. Savard D00060/0019:022
K. Sherwood RW00020/1007:254
A. Texier LW00130/1017:081
A. Wennberg C00026/5016:070
Z. Werenski D10040/0024:211
Total2404123/2817-20
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Barberio D00130/0213:470
P. Bellemare C00113/4008:161
A. Burakovsky LW00010/0012:510
M. Calvert RW00010/0219:331
I. Cole D00110/0020:530
J. Compher RW00247/2018:021
J. Donskoi RW00-110/0021:351
S. Girard D10130/0021:391
R. Graves D01010/0217:082
E. Johnson D00000/0023:082
T. Jost C02101/2214:461
N. Kadri C11126/4015:560
V. Kamenev C01004/1008:052
N. MacKinnon C00-147/10022:031
C. Makar D20170/0016:560
V. Nichushkin LW00230/0014:421
M. Nieto LW01130/0015:441
T. Tynan C00010/0008:040
Total4603628/238-15
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Korpisalo (L)3643258:26
GOALIESSA
J. Korpisalo (L)36
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Francouz (W)4123960:00
GOALIESSA
P. Francouz (W)41
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
CLB6-8-3
2002
COL10-5-2
1214
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