DENVER — Gabriel Landeskog scored two of Colorado’s four second-period goals on power plays and added an assist as the Avalanche rolled past the New York Islanders 6-1 on Sunday at the Pepsi Center.
Landeskog’s two-goal night increased his season total to 16, tying him with Nathan MacKinnon for the team lead. MacKinnon collected three assists, including both of Landeskog’s goals.
Carl Soderberg supplied a goal and an assist for the Avalanche (19-16-3) while winning goalie Jonathan Bernier turned aside 27 of 28 shots to improve his season record to 6-7-1. Patrik Nemeth, Matt Nieto and Erik Johnson also scored for Colorado. Samuel Girard also recorded assists on both of Landeskog’s goals.
Johnson, Alexander Kerfoot and Colin Wilson each chipped in an assist during the victory.
Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders (20-15-4). Jaroslav Halak allowed five goals before he was pulled. He was peppered with 35 shots. Replacement Thomas Greiss stopped 12 of 13 shots.
Nemeth’s second goal of the season midway through the first period put the Avalanche on top.
Colorado made it 2-0 at the 5:25 mark of the second period after Blake Comeau stole the puck from behind the Islanders’ goal. He fed the puck to Soderberg, who dished it to Nieto for his sixth goal of the season.
Soderberg’s seventh goal of the season preceded Landeskog’s power-play tallies. Landeskog’s goals came less than two minutes apart, leading to Halak’s benching.
Bailey averted the Islanders’ first shutout since Nov. 10 with a third-period goal, his 12th of the season. Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield were credited with assists.
The Avalanche answered 40 seconds later with Johnson’s fifth goal. He was set up by Landeskog and MacKinnon.
The Islanders won the previous meeting, 6-4, on Nov. 5.
Colorado plays its next game at Winnipeg on Tuesday, while the Islanders play host to Boston the same night.
—Field Level Media