Rantanen’s Hat Trick Leads Avs Past Blue Jackets In Finland

Mikko Rantanen scored three goals in his native country and the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 in the NHL’s second visit to Europe this year.

Cale Makar had a goal and an assist, Logan O’Connor and J.T. Compher also scored and Nathan MacKinnon contributed four assists for the Avalanche, who stopped a two-game skid.

Colorado allowed Columbus to tie it after taking a 3-0 advantage. But Rantanen put the Avs ahead for good in the third period with his second goal.

Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in front of a sellout crowd of 12,882 in his hometown. Columbus lost its fourth straight.

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