The celebration was somewhat subdued. The Avalanche continues to win but isn’t thrilled with its play of late.
A disallowed third-period goal threatened to end Colorado’s 14-game home winning streak on Saturday, but the club extended its overtime winning streak to three games to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at Ball Arena.
Gabe Landeskog’s goal 1:16 into the 3-on-3 OT made Colorado the first NHL team to win 15 straight games at home since the Washington Capitals in 2017. The Avs, who were coming off two underwhelming victories in Southern California where their goalies were their best players, also extended their overall winning streak to six games and points streak to 12 (11-0-1).
Still, the Avalanche (28-8-3) was generally not pleased with its overall play against the Eastern Conference cellar-dwelling Canadiens (8-25-7).
“Definitely wasn’t pretty, wasn’t anywhere near our best, but it is a strength, for sure, to be able to find a way to win those hockey games, no matter where you are in the standings and where the other team is in the standings,” Landeskog said. “There’s no easy games, so absolutely, big to win another one at home for sure.”
Defensemen Devon Toews and Sam Girard combined for five assists. Toews was on the game-winning play with forward Valeri Nichushkin, who made the pass to Landeskog for the game-winner, and Girard had the two primary assists on power-play goals from Alex Newhook and Nichushkin that gave Colorado…