Avalanche pile on Sens in Duchene’s return to Colorado

Gabriel Landeskog broke a tie with 13:46 remaining as part of Colorado’s four-goal third period to help the Avalanche beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Friday night and spoil a two-goal performance from Matt Duchene in his return to Denver.

Landeskog gave Colorado the lead for good by knocking in his ninth goal of the season off a feed from Mikko Rantanen. Colorado outscored the Senators 6-1 after falling behind 2-0 midway through the first period.

Samuel Girard, Carl Soderberg, Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Nieto also scored for Colorado. Girard’s goal was the first by an Avalanche defenceman this season.

Colorado’s top line of Landeskog, MacKinnon and Rantanen finished with a combined 10 points. Rantanen had three assists.

Ryan Dzingel scored the game’s first goal for Ottawa.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer started his first home game for the Avalanche and stopped 21 shots. Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the Senators.