The Avalanche lost 4-3 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators on Friday in the opener of the two-game NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. Five observations from the game:
Duchene pointless. Former Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, playing in his first game with the Senators since Sunday’s three-team blockbuster trade, centered the top line and logged 16 minutes, 44 seconds but was pointless and minus-1. Duchene had two shots and delivered one hit. Playing in his 587th NHL game, Duchene wasn’t a factor for Ottawa against his former team.
Girard shines. Defenseman Samuel Girard, who was obtained from Nashville in the Duchene deal, made an impressive Avalanche debut. The 19-year-old logged 21:55 on Colorado’s top pairing with Erik Johnson and assisted on Alex Kerfoot’s second-period goal that tied it 2-2. Girard played in his sixth NHL game and will play three more before the Avalanche decides if he remains with the team or returns to juniors in Quebec. Judging from Friday’s debut with the Avs, he has an excellent chance of remaining in the NHL.
MacKinnon stays hot. Avs center Nathan MacKinnon tied it 3-3 late in the third period with his fourth goal in the last five games — a span in which he has amassed 10 points. MacKinnon began the season on a six-game goal drought but has since produce five in his last nine games. He takes a five-game points streak into Saturday’s second game in Stockholm against Ottawa.
Avs held to just 19 shots. Colorado was outshot 32-19 and produced just a combined eight in the second and third periods, and none in OT. The Avs are now averaging 30.1 shots per game, which is 24th among 31 teams.
Footnotes. Colorado has now produced points in four of its last five games, going 3-1-1. … Forward Matt Nieto failed to convert on a penalty shot after getting slashed by Senators defenseman Chris Wideman on a short-handed breakaway at 18:33 of the second period. … Avs forward J.T. Compher was minus-3 in his first game back after missing six games with a broken thumb. … Defenseman Erik Johnson logged a season-high 30:02 in ice time for the Avs and fellow blue-liner Chris Bigras only played 10:44.