Leafs Fall to Avalanche

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Valeri Nichushkin scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1.

Nathan MacKinnon, with a goal and an assist, and Joonas Donskoi, into an empty net, also scored for Colorado (17-8-2).

Former Windsor Spitfire goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots for the Avalanche and was named the game's top star .

Zach Hyman replied Toronto (13-13-4). Frederik Andersen, who started both ends of a back-to-back for the first time since January 2017, made 27 saves.

The Leafs also had Mitch Marner back in the lineup after the winger missed 11 games with a high ankle sprain suffered Nov. 9.