Avalanche send Bruins to 1st home regulation loss

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2019

Ian Cole scored his first goal of season in his 500th career National Hockey League game, backup goalie Pavel Francouz stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night for their season-high sixth straight win.

Boston led 1-0 when Chris Wagner scored with 6:46 left in the first period.

Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer was shaken up shortly after and had to leave the game. Boston, which was coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, was 9-0-4 in its past 13 games. It was the Bruins' first regulation home loss of the season.

The Bruins were up 1-0 when Grubauer appeared to sustain a lower-body injury lunging to defend a Brett Ritchie breakaway.

Valeri Nichushkin tied it 1-1 at 17:25.

Colorado Avalanche rookie sensation Cale Makar has left the game against the Boston Bruins after being hit by Brad Marchand.

Andre Burakovsky scored at 18:21 of the second to make it 3-1.

The play occurred just under four minutes into the third period as the rookie phenom went to retrieve the puck behind his net.

Cole then made it 2-1 at 9:17 of the second period when he beat Halak with a blistering slap shot inside the far post from the left circle.

The Bruins got on the board first on Wagner's redirect of a John Moore blast from the blue line at 13:14 of the first period.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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