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Rantanen scores twice as Avalanche blank Sharks 4-0



Associated Press


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Mikko Rantanen scored twice and had two assists as the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves for his 14th career shutout and the Avalanche got payback for a 6-2 loss Monday night in San Jose.

Gabriel Landeskog added a goal and three assists for Colorado, which went 3-1 on its road trip and pulled into a three-way tie for third place in the West Division with Arizona and Minnesota.

Martin Jones stopped 34 shots for San Jose and was particularly sharp in the first two periods, giving up just one goal. But the Avalanche turned up the pressure with three goals in the third to break it open.

Rantanen snapped a scoreless tie with 5:36 left in the second, when he took a pass from Nathan MacKinnon and whipped a one-timer past Jones just inside the right post.

Samuel Girard gave Colorado breathing room roughly six minutes into the third, firing a slap shot that beat Jones to the glove side and made it 2-0.

Joachim Blichfeld was given a match penalty after a vicious hit on MacKinnon eight minutes into the third, and Landeskog took advantage with a power-play goal shortly afterward.

Rantanen added his team-leading 10th goal to make it 4-0.

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