PITTSBURGH — The Avalanche scored three goals Monday night. Two counted and that was enough to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 at PPG Paints Arena.
Mark Barberio scored early in the third period and Blake Comeau added an empty-netter in the final minutes as Colorado took a 2-0 lead and went on to upset the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. The Avs improved to 2-1 on their four-game road trip.
Phil Kessel ruined goalie Jonathan Bernier‘s shutout by scoring for the Penguins with 11.8 seconds remaining on a 6-on-5 attack.
Barberio’s slap shot from the point caromed off the leg of Pittsburgh center Riley Sheahan and behind goalie Tristan Jarry at 6:17 of the third period. Avs forward Tyson Jost had the screen in front, but Jarry lost sight of the puck because it changed direction off Sheahan. The goal came after the Penguins dominated the first five minutes of the period.
The Avs’ disallowed goal came late in the second period. Nathan MacKinnon carried the puck over the offensive blue line, deked a defender to the net and beat Jarry through the goalie’s legs. But Pittsburgh used a coach’s challenge for offside, and it became obvious that defenseman Erik Johnson cleared past the blue line before the puck.
The Avalanche had a 5-on-3 power play for 48 seconds early in the second period, but MacKinnon was whistled for slashing to immediately take away the two-man advantage. Both teams stood 0-of-3 on the power play heading into the third.
The Avs were scheduled to depart for Washington after the game. They play the Capitals on Tuesday night to conclude the road trip.