What a snipe of a goal — he went top shelf from behind the hash marks. The goal was Johnson’s first of the season, but then he’s been dealing with a merry-go-round of d-partners.
With the return of center Matt Duchene, the A is gone from EJ’s chest, which is highly unfortunate. But then, as Patrick Roy once observed, you don’t have to wear a letter to be a leader, and that’s certainly true in Johnson’s case. Anyway, he has 10 points on the season. Nathan MacKinnon got the primary assist.
Unfortunately the Columbus Blue Jackets scored in the third period to force overtime. You can’t lay too much blame at Semyon Varlamov‘s feet — he faced a total of 42 shots, a good deal more than Curtis McElhinney‘s 27.
Anyway, the Colorado Avalanche’s best player, Matt Duchene scored in overtime for the win:
It was a beautiful tip-in from Johnson’s feed. EJ, of course, got the primary assist.
The goal was Duchene’s seventh of the season. Despite having missed four games with concussion symptoms — after a terrible, unpenalized hit from Winnipeg Jets winger Jacob Trouba — Duchene leads the team in goals. He’s second only to Nathan MacKinnon in points.
There you have it. All the big players for the Colorado Avalanche contributed with goals and/or assists to help the team win. Plus Varlamov had a solid game. The only core player who didn’t contribute was captain Garbriel Landeskog, who missed his third consecutive game with a lower body injury.