National Hockey League
Colorado 5, Calgary 3
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 3, 2019
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Referees: Francis Charron, Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Bevan Mills
Attendance: 18016

Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Donskoi had two goals each, J.T. Compher also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 in Denver on Thursday night.

Philipp Grubauer had 27 saves for the Avalanche, who again got the best of Calgary. Colorado beat the top-seeded Flames in five games in the first round of the playoffs last spring and continued its mastery over their Western Conference rival in the season opener for both teams.

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist each and Mark Giordano added a shorthanded tally for the Flames. Goaltender David Rittich stopped 27 shots for Calgary.

Rantanen, a restricted free agent this summer, missed training camp and the preseason while his agent and Colorado hammered out a new deal. The final numbers, six years, $55.5 million, were agreed upon Saturday and he flew in from Finland on Sunday to rejoin the team.

Calgary forward Milan Lucic drew a game misconduct late in the second period when he instigated a fight with Nikita Zadorov after the Avalanche defenseman checked Flames center Austin Czarnik into the boards.

Zadorov was hit with a fighting major and a boarding minor.

Compher gave Colorado a 3-2 lead at 12:22 of the second period and Rantanen scored his second of the night just nine seconds into a power play late in the frame.

Giordano made it a one-goal game just 16 seconds later with his first of the season. The Flames pulled Rittich for an extra skater with less than two minutes left in the third and Donskoi sealed it with an empty-net goal at 18:51.

The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead after one period. Donskoi scored the first goal on the power play with a deflection at 5:59, and Monahan tied it at 8:33 moments after Colorado survived a 5-on-3. Rantanen's goal on a backhand at 16:08 gave the Avalanche the lead.

The Flames tied it on the power play early in the second period when Gaudreau beat Grubauer at 1:50.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Calgary   Colorado
Johnny Gaudreau 2 Points Joonas Donskoi 2
Johnny Gaudreau 1 Goals Joonas Donskoi 2
Johnny Gaudreau 1 Assists Andre Burakovsky 1
Johnny Gaudreau 1 Power Play Goals Joonas Donskoi 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
David Rittich .871 Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer .900
David Rittich 27 Saves Philipp Grubauer 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Calgary 30 3 2-4 4-6 29 38
Colorado 32 5 2-6 2-4 15 32
Upcoming Games
  • Colorado will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Calgary will play their next game at home against Vancouver. The Flames have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.