Avalanche losing streak ends in blowout over Rangers

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Losing streaks aren't fun for anybody. Players, coaches, staff, media, fans. Life just sucks for everyone involved.

And then you go strolling into the locker room after a blowout win where a six-game losing streak has come to a thunderous halt.

Erik Johnson and Gabe Landeskog weren't shy about suggesting the media change up their routine and talk to their designated "man of the night", Ryan Graves, who scored his first NHL goal in Colorado's 6-1 beatdown of the New York Rangers.

The media contingent had lots to talk about tonight as five players scored goals and Tyson Barrie broke the franchise record for defenseman scoring. You know you've had a good night when nobody immediately springs to talk to a struggling goaltender who was pulled from his last start and responded by stopping 24 of 25 shots tonight.

The lone goal scored against Philipp Grubauer was a breakaway goal when Johnson missed a pass back to the point in a situation where Colorado had all five players in the offensive zone and the Rangers only had three defenders. For once, the egregious error just didn't really matter.

Ten power plays for the Avalanche was the dominant theme in this one as the Rangers couldn't stay out of the box, beginning with old friend Cody McLeod taking a five-minute major just 2:29 into the game. The parade of penalties was a steady stream and even when the Rangers tried to up the ante with some physical play, Colorado just kept playing their game.

It was the kind of win the Avalanche badly needed after a frustrating December that saw them lose a firm grip on third place in the Central Division and fall behind the Dallas Stars. It all came together tonight for the struggling Avalanche at the very end of what was a cozy schedule the last few weeks.

They have three days off before their next game on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, the first of a five-game road Canadian road trip that will see them start out West and finish in Ottawa where they will attempt to keep the Senators near the bottom of the league's standings.

All of that can wait, however, as tonight Colorado can enjoy a well-earned victory. Finally.

Takeaways from the game

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