Avalanche hang on to beat Bruins in home opener at Pepsi Center

Avalanche hang on to beat Bruins in home opener at Pepsi Center

As far as home openers go, the Avalanche produced straight-As for all but eight minutes Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

Against the Bs — the Boston Bruins — Colorado excelled in every area for the first two periods in its first opportunity to re-ignite Mile High enthusiasm for the game after the last-place disaster that was 2016-17.

Boxscore: Colorado 6, Boston 3

In holding on after Boston’s late two-goal rally, the Avs (3-1) received multiple-point nights from forwards Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Nail Yakupov, Gabe Landeskog and Sven Andrighetto and never trailed in a 6-3 victory — their second in three days over Boston (1-2).

A sellout crowd of 18,011 witnessed rookie Alex Kerfoot, Yakupov, Andrighetto and Duchene get the goals for in taking a 4-1 lead and goalie Semyon Varlamov, who only faced nine shots through two periods, improve to 3-0 despite allowing third-period goals at 11:30 and 12:57.

Andrighetto and Tyson Jost scored empty-net goals to put it away for the Avs, who are 3-1 for the second consecutive season.

“Early last year — against Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay — we won (to improve to 3-1),” Duchene said. “Last year we lost that fifth game, so this year we want to win it. Hopefully we’ll learn from that.”

Wednesday’s event featured pregame opening-night player introductions after a moment of silence for Las Vegas shooting victims. And then Colorado went to work.

“This is a new group and we want to show our best in front of the home town,” Avs coach Bednar said after the morning skate.

Mission accomplished. The Avs took a 1-0 lead before dominating the second period and taking a 4-1 advantage into the third. Yakupov, Andrighetto (power play) and Duchene scored at 1:00, 12:37 and 15:43 of the second to turn the crowd into a frenzy.

Colorado outshot Boston 15-5 in the second period and 26-9 at that point. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was replaced after 40 minutes.

Jost, 19, escaped serious injury from a sideways crash into the boards in the second period. He was cross-checked by Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who was penalized. Jost returned late in the period.

“Scary moment in game. Probably one of scariest moments of my hockey career, just cause it was such a weird angle I went in,” Jost said. “Lucky it was nothing serious. I came back and was fine, and got that empty-netter. It’s all positive.”

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