Burakovsky gets 1st career hat trick, Avs beat Panthers 3-2

Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky, right, navigates through hats tossed on the ice to mark his first career hat trick as Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling looks on in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Denver. Colorado won 3-2. (David Zalubowski, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DENVER – Andre Burakovsky notched his first career hat trick and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Florida Panthers 3-2.

Burakovsky got his three goals in a span of 12:05 from late in the second into the third for the Colorado’s fourth straight win.

Mikko Rantanen had three assists and Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 shots for the Avalanche.

Joe Thornton and Brandon Montour scored in the third period for Florida, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 23 saves.

Colorado was without captain Gabriel Landeskog, who will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury suffered Friday against Detroit.

The Avalanche then lost defenseman Jacob MacDonald after he took a hard check from Ryan Lomberg early in the second period.

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