Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - P.A. Parenteau notched a goal early in the
third period to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Toronto
Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
An Avalanche counter-attack early in the final period broke the tie and led to
the 2-1 edge. Jamie McGinn came up with a loose puck near mid-ice, sprinted
towards goal and laid off a pass to Parenteau, who led the team in goals last
season with 18. The 30-year old tapped it in at the 2:30 mark for his third of
Cory Sarich also lit the lamp for Colorado, which improved to 3-0 to begin a
season for the first time since they were the Quebec Nordiques and started 5-0
in the 1994-95 campaign.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 of 28 shots in the triumph and has given up just
one goal in all three games this season.
Joffrey Lupul scored his second goal of the year for Toronto, which lost for
the first time.
Jonathan Bernier, who replaced James Reimer and stopped all 15 shots he saw in
Toronto's shootout win over the Senators on Saturday, made 31 saves in the
The Leafs broke a 0-0 tie midway through the second period. Lupul hit Nathan
MacKinnon against the boards in the Colorado zone at the 13:10 mark, forcing
an Avs turnover. Carter Ashton came up with the puck and fired a shot, which
was turned away by Varlamov, but an opportunistic Lupul was there to slap it
Sarich tied the score minutes later when he gathered the disc and skated down
the right side uncontested before sneaking a wrist-shot past Bernier.
Former Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog returned to the lineup for the
Avs after suffering a leg injury on opening night ... Parenteau has scored
three goals in his last two games ... Colorado has defeated the Leafs four
straight times in Toronto and were winners in five of the last seven matchups
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