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Conor Timmins celebrates, Avs win 5/1/2021

Gabe Landeskog (A-) – Almost scored in the first after a seeing-eye, back-door pass from Nathan MacKinnon and then took a very  debatable penalty in the second for goaltender interference, which San Jose would score on seconds in. And that’s kind of a microcosm of how the game went for everyone. C’est la vie. He got another later in the game, but I think overall it was a pretty decent game tonight for the Avs captain.

Nathan MacKinnon (A) – MacKinnon was held shotless for the first time in 263 games on Friday night. So what does he do tonight? Chucks a team-high nine shots on goal. Oh, and he scored. Good night.

Mikko Rantanen (A) – Here’s something obvious: Mikko Rantanen is incredibly important to this team. He tallied an assist tonight but probably could’ve had at least two more. That pass between the legs of a Sharks defender to Devon Toews on a two-on-one in the first was a thing of beauty. Then, those two connected again in the third when Rantanen tipped a Toews point shot. That’s Rantanen’s 28th of the year, good for 3rd in the league.

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as NHL.com, TheAHL.com and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he works as a Marketing Executive when he's not writing.

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