O’Connor’s late goal lifts Avs over Ducks 4-2

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche right wing Logan O’Connor, center, is congratulated after scoring the go-ahead goal by defenseman Cale Makar, left, and center Nathan MacKinnon in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Denver. The Avalanche won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Logan O’Connor scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period and the Colorado Avalanche rallied from two goals down past the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists and Darcy Kuemper had 29 saves for the Avalanche, who were playing their first game in nearly three weeks.

Colorado had not played since a 5-2 loss at Nashville on Dec. 16 due to COVID-19 cases on the team. Eleven players tested positive for the virus since beating the New York Rangers on Dec. 14, with players returning from health and safety protocols in the past week.

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