"A tough play," stated Spezza."He's a genuine leader for us," Leafs captain John Tavares said of his goalie. Nathan MacKinnon (1-1-- 2) has tape-recorded numerous points in 4 straight games for the 3rd time in his profession."One of the most complete games we've played,"said Grubauer, who was pulled after allowing four objectives on 15 shots against the Leafs in Colorado on Nov. 23.' It just makes the loss even harder'After Andersen made a couple big saves early in the second, Colorado opened the scoring at 10:52 on the very first power play of the night when Mikko Rantanen snapped a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon, who had all day to select the leading corner for his 18th. <aAvalanche make the most of Spezza's late mistake to beat Leafs:

Colorado wins 2-1. Former Leaf Nazem Kadri plays in Toronto for the 1st time considering that being traded. 1:37

Valeri Nichushkin benefited from a ruthless Toronto miscue to score short-handed in the 3rd duration as the Avalanche downed the Leafs 3-1.

After eliminating off Jake Muzzin's four-minute charge for high-sticking, thanks in big part to Andersen's big stop on Joonas Donskoi, the Leafs' only male benefit of the evening turned into a catastrophe.

Jason Spezza's stick exploded on a shot, and as the veteran centre went to the bench, he tried to keep the puck in with his feet at the blue line.

Rather, Spezza got caught up with Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly, permitting Nichushkin to relocate all alone and bury his third goal of the season at 6:40.

"A difficult play," stated Spezza. "I'm going to the bench and then I hear somebody scream the puck is coming, so I make a split-second choice to play it and [Rielly] yells that he's there.

"I type of just froze to attempt to not get in his way and, in turn, got in his way more. That video game falls on me."

Grubauer shuts the door

Nathan MacKinnon, with an objective and a help, and Donskoi, into an empty internet, likewise scored for Colorado (17-8-2). Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots for the rested Avalanche.

Zach Hyman responded for Toronto (13-13-4). Andersen, who asked novice head coach Sheldon Keefe to offer him the net for a 2nd straight night, completed with 27 saves.

"The method the guys got called out after last game, I wished to be out there," Andersen stated.

"He's a genuine leader for us," Leafs captain John Tavares stated of his goalie. "He sets a real tone for us and the backbone of our group. He played great, he offered us a great possibility to win. It's regrettable we didn't reward him."

The Leafs also had Mitch Marner back in the lineup after the winger missed out on 11 video games with a high ankle sprain suffered Nov. 9.

"It's a lousy outcome," Marner said. "We've just got to make certain we keep building."

find out brand-new systems." It was a genuine obstacle for us defensively,"he said." The urgency was great and some of the modifications we've been operating at and focusing on defensively have actually been there."While our attention has actually gone there, we've avoided some of the things offensively we concentrated on in the early going and that has actually triggered us

to revert back to some things we don't always like. We'll have to attempt to repair that."After the Avalanche increased 2-1, Toronto pushed as the 3rd used on and pushed late, however could not get anything past Grubauer before Donskoi iced it into an

empty web."One of the most total games we've played,"said Grubauer, who was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots against the Leafs in Colorado on Nov. 23. "We protected the middle

."Wednesday marked the return to Scotiabank Arena of Nazem Kadri. The Avalanche centre was traded by Toronto to Colorado on July 1 in the offer that saw defenceman Tyson Barrie and forward Alexander Kerfoot

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