The Colorado Avalanche emerged on Tuesday night with a two-game winning streak, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-4, in a shootout. Milan Hejduk, the first skater, scored the only goal of the shootout, 1-0.
The Blue Jackets started the scoring in the first period with a Rich Nash goal a little over two minutes into the game. But Ryan O'Reilly answered back a few minutes later with a goal of his own. Columbus broke the tie in the second period with a shorthanded Derek MacKenzie goal, but the third period was ready for some action.
Columbus extended the lead to 3-1 on a third-period R.J. Umberger goal, but Matt Duchene responded with two goals in a seven-minute span to tie the game at three. But R.J. Umberger didn't want any of that and scored a goal with roughly three minutes left in the game. Yet with four seconds left on the clock Daniel Winnik added a power play goal to tie the game and send it to overtime. With overtime scoreless, Hejduk took the first shot of the shootout and scored the only goal to give Colorado the victory.
Colorado's Brian Elliott stopped 29 of 33 shots, while Columbus' Steve Mason prevented 28 of 32.
The Avalanche host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. MT.