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Avalanche rally in third for win over Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Avalanche rallied for two third-period goals to defeat the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena.

Superstar Nathan MacKinnon gave Colorado its first lead with 4:34 remaining, crushing a one-time slap shot past goalie Elvis Merzlikins for his 31st goal of the season.

Denver-area raised defenseman Seth Jones scored a power-play goal midway through the second period for Columbus, and Avs center Nazem Kadri tied it near the halfway point of the third with a wrist shot from the left circle.

The Avs, now 3-1 on their five-game road trip, had three shots clang off iron beside Merzlikins before beating the rookie twice.