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Avalanche snaps six-game losing streak with win over Rangers

Ryan Boulding
Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, left, is congratulated after scoring a goal by defenseman Tyson Barrie in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Denver.
David Zalubowski, The Associated Press

The Avalanche halted a semi-free fall down the standings with some flair on Friday night, dominating the visiting New York Rangers 6-1 at Pepsi Center.

After weeks of struggling to open the game with the same intensity in which they ended it, the Avs got off to an exceptional start and maintained the effort throughout the night for a much-needed victory.

“We talked about it after last game. We need everybody for 60 minutes. We need to stick to the system,” Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer said. “I think that was the perfect way to get out of this slump a little bit.”

When the final buzzer mercifully saved New York from the Avalanche onslaught, forwards Mikko Rantanen (two goals and one assist), Nathan MacKinnon (one goal and two assists) and Gabe Landeskog (one goal and one assist), and defenseman Tyson Barrie (three assists), each had multi-point affairs. And Ryan Graves, who was acquired from the Rangers in a trade on Feb. 26, netted his first career marker.

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