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Avalanche extend home winning streak to 17 with overtime win over Bruins

DENVER– Cale Makar scored a power-play goal 3:01 into overtime, and the Colorado Avalanche extended their home winning streak to 17 games with a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins at Ball Arena on Wednesday.

The Avalanche played on the power play at 1:14 when the Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly was penalized for tripping Valery Nichushkin.

Makar shot from the left point, using Gabriel Landeskog as a screen.

“[He] made a big screen in front and saw an opening and decided to film it,” Makar said.

Colorado tied the game 3-3 with 37 seconds left in the third period when Nazem Kadri passed to Landeskog for a one-timer shot from the right circle with keeper Darcy Kuemper on the bench for a sixth skater.

Video: Landeskog and Makar power Avalanche to overtime win

Samuel Girard and Kurtis MacDermid scored, Kadri had three assists and Kuemper made 29 saves for Colorado (30-8-3), which hasn’t lost at home since Nov. 3, 5-4 in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They have won eight straight since a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 11.

“You’re trying to extend the streak you started,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “Guys don’t want to lose. We were engaged in our team match tonight against a very good team. Being able to persevere is our belief. It’s our biggest win of the year.”

Brad Merchant, Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk marked, and Linus Ullmark made 37 saves for Boston (24-13-3), going 7-2-1 in the last 10 games and 9-1-2 in the last 12 on the road.

“You have to keep playing hockey,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “You have to keep playing. We are usually pretty good at it. We failed and we paid the price.”

avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon did not return after sustaining a head injury in the first period on a hit by the Bruins forward Taylor Room. MacKinnon was on the ice bleeding from the face before being helped into the locker room at 2:22.

Hall was initially called for a major penalty, but following a video review, it was downgraded to a minor for interference after it was determined that MacKinnon had been hit with his own stick.

“Not good enough to get back into the game, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Bednar said. “I had a chance to see him again and the way he caught it, Nate’s stick was up, so I think they probably made the right call, but that’s the type of hit that the league is trying to get rid of.”

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at 11:25 of the first period on MacDermid’s first goal of the season. Andre Burakovsky passed from the corner to MacDermid, who fired over face-off circles with Nichushkin screening Ullmark.

Video: [email protected]: MacDermid scores his first goal of the season

DeBrusk tied it 1-1 at 7:10 of the second period on a 2-on-1 and shot under Kuemper’s left arm.

Coyle made it 2-1 at 12:16 on a 5-on-3 power play with Burakovsky and Erik Johnson in the penalty area. Coyle reversed the rebound from Charlie McAvoyis slaughtered.

Marchand increased the lead to 3-1 at 1:31 p.m. He beat Kuemper to the other side of the left circle on a pass from David Pastrnak two seconds after Johnson’s cross-check against Hall expired.

“They’re a good team for a reason,” Coyle said. “They’re not just going to sit down and let us have that in the third. I think we expected a push. We wanted to keep playing the same way. They came in hard and that’s unfortunate. Linus has played such a good game and he deserved better from us in this third.”

Girard made it 3-2 at 11:46 of the third period when his shot missed the Bruins forward Curtis Lazar and entered through the left post.

“It’s momentum for us,” Landeskog said. “At the start of the third period, we knew we had a chance to win the game. We never got out.

REMARKS: The Avalanche’s 17-game home win streak is the fifth-longest in NHL history. The 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings hold the NHL record of 23. … Colorado is 23-0-2 when it scores the first goal this season. … Pastrnak has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in a seven-game point streak. … Boston has scored one power-play goal in seven straight games, going 9-for-21 (42.9%). … MacDermid was acquired in a trade to the Seattle Kraken on July 27 after being selected by the Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. … The Avalanche won their 13th game in January, the most in franchise history , and tied the NHL record for January (Carolina Hurricanes, 2006; Washington Capitals, 2010). … Makar has 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 37 games. Among Avalanche defensemen, only Steve Duchesne scored 40 points faster (32 games, 1992-93). … The Avalanche are the first team since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96 (six) to have five or more players scoring at least 40 points midway through their season (Kadri, 55; Mikko Rantanen, 49; MacKinnon, 43; Makar, 41; Landeskog, 41). …Colorado forward J.T. Compher was playing his 300th game in the NHL.