TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tyler Johnson stole the spotlight in a matchup of two top rookies.
Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon, who entered leading all rookies with 17 goals, had an assist.
“It’s one of those things that you have to get lucky to get,” Johnson said.
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman had three assists for the second consecutive game.
John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie scored in the second period for Colorado.
Sami Aittokallio made his first start this season and second of his career filling in for injured Colorado backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere (back). Playing three times in four days, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy had planned to give Semyon Varlamov, who made 34 saves in Friday’s 3-2 win at Florida, the night off.
Varlamov replaced Aittokallio, who gave up three goals on 18 shots, to start the third period.
“It’s not easy for him, and I certainly understand that,” Roy said. “But at the same time, I thought we had some momentum and it was the call to make at that moment. If I had a crystal ball, yes, I would have kept him there.”
Aittokallio, recalled from Lake Erie of the AHL Friday, made his first career appearance in a start last April 11 at Los Angeles, a game in which he left in the third period due to leg cramps.
Johnson opened the scoring at 7:15 of the second period, Barberio made it 2-0 about 1½ minutes later when his shot from the top of the right circle deflected off a Colorado defender and past Aittokallio. Filppula completed Tampa Bay’s three-goal period with just under 2 minutes to go.