TORONTO (AP) – P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Colorado Avalanche edge the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Tied 1-1 going into the third, Colorado went ahead at 2:30 on a two-on-one with Jamie McGinn setting up Parenteau.
The goal stood up to video review.
“According to Rule 78.4 ‘if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.’ Good goal Colorado,” the NHL said in explaining the call.
Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the 18-year-old first overall pick in the draft, got an assist – his fourth of the season – on Parenteau’s third goal of the season. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which got another terrific start from Semyon Varlamov in net. He made 27 saves.
Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto (3-1-0).
Jay McClement missed the game because his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child Tuesday, according to Toronto coach Randy Carlyle.
“Jay McClement is now a proud father of a baby boy, him and his wife,” Carlyle said after the game. “Everything’s supposedly went well.”
The Leafs were also missing Mark Fraser, Nikolai Kulemin and Frazer McLaren because of injury and David Clarkson because of a suspension.
Colorado, playing an up-tempo exciting brand of hockey under coach Patrick Roy, outshot Toronto 33-28.
MacKinnon has collected a point in each of his games, including two assists in his NHL debut Oct. 2 – at the age of 18 years 31 days. That made him the youngest NHL player to collect two points in a game since Jan. 8, 1944, when Ted Kennedy had four points for the Leafs at the age of 18 years 27 days.
Jonathan Bernier started in the net after stopping 46 of 47 shots in one start and a relief appearance. Varlamov continued in the Colorado goal, having stopped 61 of 63 shots in his two previous starts.
Bernier stopped a driving John Mitchell midway through the second period.
Play began to open up and Toronto went ahead at 13:12 of the second when Lupul stuffed the pack past Varlamov on a scramble that ensued after a Colorado giveaway.
The Avs goalie was down and seemingly had the puck underneath him, but did not get a whistle and the Leafs jammed it during the ensuing melee.
Lupul, scoring his second of the season, helped his own cause by bodying MacKinnon in the corner as he tried to clear the puck. Carter Ashton got an assist for his first NHL point.
The Avs solved Bernier at 16:39 when Sarich beat him from an acute angle high to the short side.
It was the 35-year-old defenseman’s 21st career goal – and his first since Jan. 10, 2012.
NOTES: Dave Bolland wore the ‘A’ in McClement’s absence. McClement played 104 games for Colorado over the 2010-11 and 2011-2012 seasons. … Toronto’s next game is Thursday in Nashville … The ACC crowd serenaded Walter Gretzky, who was at the game for his 75th birthday, with “Happy Birthday.”
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