DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar scored twice in a 3:22 span during the first period, Mikko Rantanen recorded a four-point night and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 for their fourth straight win.
Nathan MacKinnon also scored, while Rantanen added an empty-net goal to go with three assists.
Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots for his first victory of the season.
Makar’s goal spurt staked Colorado to an early 2-0 lead. Jordan Staal scored for the Hurricanes, while Raanta finished with 24 saves.
The Avalanche and Hurricanes meet again Thursday in Carolina.