Colorado squandered a three-goal lead in Tuesday night’s loss.
NEWARK, NJ — Nathan Bastian scored a power play goal with 6:56 remaining to put the New Jersey Devils ahead as they rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the 5 Colorado Avalanche -3 Tuesday evening.
Tomas Tatar, Ty Smith, Damon Severson also scored for the Devils. Nico Daws made 23 saves for New Jersey, which earned its biggest comeback win of the season against the NHL-leading Avs.
Yegor Sharangovich froze the game with a shorthanded goal into an empty net. Jesper Bratt added three assists and Jack Hughes had two, both assisting the match winner.
Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar scored for the Avalanche, who were 23-0 this season as they led after the first period. Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves.
MacKinnon and Rantanen had scored power-play goals in the first period.
But playing their second game in as many nights, the Avalanche seemed to run out of gas after taking a 3-0 lead on Makar’s 21st goal of the season early in the second period. He extended his point streak to 13 games.
By the end of the second period, the game was tied at 3, with Tatar starting the comeback at 9:20 by putting the rebound from a Jonas Siegenthaler shot off the post into an empty net.
Smith closed the gap to one goal with a shot that could have been deflected by Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard. Severson tied the game with a power play goal at 17:21.
Bastian won the game after a power-play shot from Hughes hit him in the slot. The puck came to rest about a foot from the goal line and he drove it home for his 10th of the season.
The loss was Colorado’s fourth since Jan. 14 (19-4-2).
REMARKS: Devils captain Nico Hischier sat out with a lower-body injury. … The game was the first between the team since Jan. 4, 2020. … Daws started his fifth straight game for New Jersey.
Avalanche: Complete the three-game road trip against Carolina on Thursday night.
Devils: Host Winnipeg Thursday night in the third of a four-game homestand.
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