Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and added two assists, leading the Avalanche to a 7-1 rout over the Sabres at the Pepsi Center on Saturday. Jamie McGinn and Gabriel Landeskog contributed with two goals each.
The Avalanche pounced on Buffalo early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first period. Tyson Barrie struck first, backhanding a MacKinnon rebound into the net for the 1-0 lead. Moments later, Mike Weber was slapped with a four-minute double minor for high sticking Matt Duchene. McGinn took advantage near the end of the long power play, sliding between Christian Ehrhoff and Jamie McBain to beat Miller. Only 58 seconds after McGinn's goal, Landeskog tapped home a beautiful feed from MacKinnon, making it 3-0.
Marc-Andre Cliche's first NHL goal gave the Avs a 4-1 lead 6:05 into the second period, but Matt D'Agostini responded on the power play with his third of the season. Parked in front of the net, D'Agostini snapped a loose puck past Semyon Varlamov to get Buffalo within three. MacKinnon made it 5-1 later in the period, ripping a shot between Miller's pads for another power play goal and his third point of the game.
Landeskog and McGinn added to the rout, each scoring their second goals of the game in the final period to put Colorado ahead 7-1. The Sabres are back home on Monday to face Edmonton. The Oilers will enter the game with 42 points, the second-fewest in the league and only four better than Buffalo's 38. The Sabres and Oilers will face off at 7 p.m. Hear the call on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.
7:37 - COL - Tyson Barrie (7) (Nathan MacKinnon)
11:49 - COL - Jamie McGinn (13) (PPG) (Erik Johnson, Ryan O'Reilly)
12:47 - COL - Gabriel Landeskog (15) (Nathan MacKinnon, P.A. Parenteau)
4:48 - COL - Nick Holden (2 min., hooking)
8:02 - BUF - Mike Weber (4 min. double minor, high sticking)
16:27 - BUF - Phil Varone (2 min., high sticking)
18:28 - COL - John Mitchell (2 min., hooking)
6:05 - COL - Marc-Andre Cliche (1) (Patrick Bordeleau, Jamie McGinn)
11:45 - BUF - Matt D'Agostini (3) (PPG) (Tyler Ennis, Christian Ehrhoff)
16:29 - COL - Nathan MacKinnon (20) (PPG) (Erik Johnson, Semyon Varlamov)
2:21 - COL - Gabriel Landeskog (2 min., slashing)
6:45 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., holding)
10:30 - COL - Jan Hejda (2 min., hooking)
15:29 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., tripping)
7:36 - COL - Gabriel Landeskog (16) (Erik Johnson)
10:07 - COL - Jamie McGinn (14) (Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene)
2:18 - BUF - Zenon Konopka (5 min., fighting)
2:18 - COL - Cody McLeod (5 min., fighting)
2:54 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., roughing)
13:14 - COL - Patrick Bordeleau (2 min., holding)
BUF - Ryan Miller (22 saves, 27 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (10 saves, 12 shots)
COL - Semyon Varlamov (27 saves, 28 shots)
BUF - 1 of 5
COL - 2 of 6
1.) COL - Nathan MacKinnon (1 G, 2 A)
2.) COL - Gabriel Landeskog (2 G, 0 A)
3.) COL - Marc-Andre Cliche (1 G, 0 A)