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NEW YORK — The Avalanche still never has won in Brooklyn.
Opening a four-game highway outing in a new home of a New York Islanders on Monday night, Colorado fell 5-3 during a Barclays Center.
Jarome Iginla’s second-period idea was a 597th of his career as a Colorado winger crept closer to apropos a 19th actor in NHL story to measure 600.
“That doesn’t matter right now,” Iginla said. “Honestly, it’s only personification and perplexing to minister and perplexing to assistance win games. That’s something that hopefully will take caring of itself. … It was a diversion we suspicion we could have had and it didn’t happen.”
Iginla called his shot from over a left round a “seeing-eye shot” that got by with Andreas Martinsen and Mikhail Grigorenko formulating trade in front of Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss.
That pulled Colorado into a 2-2 tie, though Cal Clutterbuck’s tip of a Thomas Hickey shot got past Colorado goalie Semyon Varla- mov during 1:52 of a third duration to put a Islanders behind in front. New York done it 4-2 on Casey Cizikas’ shot from a tip of a container during 8:16, violence Varlamov to a hang side.
With Varlamov off for a sixth attacker, a Avalanche got within 4-3 on Nick Holden’s idea with 3:34 left though couldn’t tie it up. Ryan Strome’s empty-netter with 47.9 seconds gave a Islanders respirating room.
The detriment forsaken a Avs to 9-14-1 this deteriorate and left them 7 points out of what would be a playoff berth in a Western Conference.
It was an generally tough night for a Avalanche’s third defensive pairing, Zach Redmond and Brandon Gormley. Both were minus-3.
“They’ve been personification some good hockey for us,” pronounced Avalanche manager Patrick Roy. “Tonight was maybe a mismatch for them in some ways. But it’s back-to-back games and we only indispensable to use everybody tonight. Obviously when they are out there, we need that additional save from a goaltender.”
Roy combined that those “mismatches” for Gormley and Redmond were “because they (the Isles) have 4 good lines. It’s a group with a lot of depth.”
Colorado’s tip line of Matt Duchene (minus-2), Gabe Landeskog (minus-3) and Nathan MacKinnon (minus-3) also struggled, during slightest on paper. Duchene played notwithstanding being ill Sunday night and Monday morning and blank a morning skate. Blake Comeau had a other Colorado goal, during 10:20 of a first.
Duchene pronounced he had “really bad chills and physique aches” Sunday night and added, “I felt flattering good tonight, most improved than we expected. No excuses, that’s for sure. I’m going to get some rest tonight and hopefully be behind to 100 percent tomorrow.”
The Avs’ tip line generated 6 shots on goal.
“You know what, we suspicion in a initial dual periods, we could have had dual or 3 goals ourselves,” Duchene said. “(Greiss) done a unequivocally good save on me, initial shift, and if that goes in, it competence be a opposite game. We had a integrate of others that were genuine tighten too, and unfortunately, we weren’t means to find one. we don’t consider we played a minus-2, minus-3 game.”
Varlamov done 23 saves.
“It’s not easy for him,” Roy said. “Obviously, we need that additional save and we didn’t get it on a road. It’s tough to win if you’re giving 4 goals on a road. We only need some-more from him. Like we said, he’s a series one man and we’re behind him, though we need and design some-more from him.”
Terry Frei: email@example.com or @TFrei
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