When players are hurt, other guys have to pick up the slack.
With Nathan MacKinnon out, Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting. And he did more in the Avs 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night at Ball Arena.
The Avalanche has now won six straight games, scoring at least four goals in all six.
Kadri scored a goal and added an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to ten consecutive games. He assisted on Cale Makar's goal at 19:06 of the first period. That tied the game at one.
Kadri added a goal of his own nearly a minute into the third period. That gave the Avalanche a 4-1 lead.
Makar has been just as hot. He now has six goals and two assists in the last four games. That's elite production for a defenseman.
The win was number 194 for Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar. Bednar passed Bob Hartley for most wins as a head coach in Avs history.
Avs goalie Darcy Kuemper lost a skate blade in the first period. Jonas Johansson replaced him and finished out the game by saving 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
Colorado will play at Dallas on Friday, November 26. Face-off will be at 5:30 p.m. MST.
Postgame comments from Avs forward Gabriel Landeskog.
Postgame comments from Avs goalie Jonas Johansson.
Postgame comments from Avs head coach Jared Bednar.