By Julie Glass
Mikko Rantanen had two goals and Pavel Francouz made 32 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 win over the Flyers.
Francouz stopped 27 shots in the final 40 minutes to help the Avalanche bounce back from a loss Monday night. He came within 5:12 of his first career shutout, but Claude Giroux scored on a rebound to spoil it.
It was Giroux’s 10th of the season.
Carter Hart had 25 saves for the Flyers.
The Flyers have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last six weeks, going 11-3-4. They came on strong in the middle period, putting the first 11 shots on goal in the second and outshooting Colorado 17-5 in the period.
“I thought we gave it to them in the second and their goalie made some good saves, and hopefully some of those go in to a different game,” Flyers forward Kevin Hayes said.
The Flyers had several good chances, but Francouz kept them off the board, and the Avalanche grabbed a two-goal advantage on a counterattack. MacKinnon fed Rantanen on the right side and he deflected it past the diving Hart at 16:05.
Rantanen got his second of the game and eighth of the season 2:31 into the third when he scored on a pass from Nazem Kadri from behind the net to put Colorado ahead 3-0.
“Naz made a quick play, gave it to me and the goalie had no chance,” Rantanen said.
Philly had a couple of good chances on a power play soon after, but Francouz stopped Jakub Voracek on a shot from close range, and Nikita Zadorov cleared the loose puck out of the crease.
Calvert gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead with his sixth goal at 5:21 of the first period. The puck hit the left post and went through the crease to Calvert, who flipped it in with a backhand.
“I heard it hit the post and I tried to turn around to find it and it ended up squirting out to their guy on the back,” Hart said. “Just kind of a weird, broken play.”