Rantanen extends point streak to 10 in Avalanche win against Panthers

Rantanen extends point streak to 10 in Avalanche win against Panthers | NHL.com

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Alain Poupart

/ NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. — J.T. Compher scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Mikko Rantanen extended his point streak to 10 games for the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-2 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday.

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Carl Soderberg scored two goals, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist and Rantanen scored for the Avalanche (17-7-5), who have points in 12 of their past 13 games (10-1-2). Philipp Grubauer made 33 saves.

Colton Sceviour and Aaron Ekblad scored for the Panthers (11-10-5). Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in his second start after missing five games because of a knee injury.

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau did not have a point, ending his multipoint streak at six games, one shy of the NHL season high by Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs from Oct. 3-15.

Compher broke a 2-2 tie when he tipped Landeskog’s shot from the point at 6:21 of the third period. Soderberg scored 44 seconds later on a slap shot from the slot to make it 4-2.

Landeskog scored an empty-net goal at 18:26 for the 5-2 final.

Rantanen, who leads the NHL with 47 points, gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 10:40 of the first period when he tipped Patrik Nemeth’s wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle.

Sceviour tied the score 1-1 at 17:53 when he tipped Bogdan Kiselevich’s shot from the point.

Soderberg gave Colorado a 2-1 lead at 5:44 of the second period when his wrist shot bounced off Luongo’s facemask, floated over him and ricocheted off his back for a shorthanded goal. 

Ekblad tied it 2-2 on the power play at 6:19 when he took Jared McCann’s pass at the bottom of the left circle and shot into an open net.

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