There are a few teams in the NHL that have good runs going currently, and one of them, sitting at five consecutive wins, happens to be the Colorado Avalanche following their 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. They started this particular match up well, scoring twice in the opening period through Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar before the Rangers responded via Ryan Strome’s goal. Valeri Nichushkin then came to the fore, scoring to reopen the two-goal advantage in the second period.
In the third, the Rangers again battled back to get it within one as Julien Gauthier found the back of the net. However, a second goal for Nichushkin came late in the third, handing the Avs their fifth straight win. Elsewhere, the Toronto Maple Leafs were handing the leaking Edmonton Oilers their sixth defeat in a row as they hammered them 5-1. Edmonton is over .500 by five games, but if this sort of play persists for much longer that might not be the case for too long as Auston Matthews found the net twice for the Leafs in this foray onto the ice. Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist as well, aiding Toronto to a second win on the bounce.