Nathan MacKinnon hurt in Avalanche’s overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks



The Avalanche lost its game Tuesday night 4-3 in overtime against the Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

But that might not be its biggest loss of the night.

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado’s all-star center and the team’s leader in goals, assists and total points, left the ice with 6:04 remaining in the second period after a collision in the corner with Vancouver defensemen Alexander Edler.

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He was seen on the bench appearing to be holding his shoulder in pain. He then went to the locker room. In between periods, it was announced he would not return with an upper-body injury.

“Hopefully Nate’s OK,” Avs captain Gabe Landeskog told Altitude TV during the second intermission.

The Avs lost at 1:07 of the overtime when Sven Baertschi scored past Jonathan Bernier on the first shot by either team in the 3-on-3 extra period.

Still, the Avs (27-18-4), who now trail Minnesota by two points in the race for the final wild-card spot, salvaged a point after falling behind by two goals early in the game.

Vancouver (20-24-6) led 2-0 after the first period.

The Avs fell behind early when Bo Horvat broke past the Avs defense for his 11th goal of the season at 6:36 of the first and Michael Del Zotto scored at 11:45 on a goal from the left point that got past Avs goalie Jonathan Bernier.

But Colorado answered with three goals in the second. Two of the goals were scored by captain Gabe Landeskog, giving him 19 on the season.

The Avs cut the lead to 2-1 at 4:20 of the second. A power play for Colorado didn’t result in a goal, but the Avs kept possession after it was killed off.

A pass from MacKinnon to Erik Johnson led to a shot that was deflected off a defenseman, causing goalie Jacob Markstrom to get off-balance a bit and the puck hit off his mask right to J.T. Compher, who punched it in for his ninth goal of the season.

Just 2:02 later, Landeskog punched in a rebound behind Markstrom after a shot by Tyson Barrie.



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