Lehkonen scores as Avs beat Blue Jackets 5-1 in Finland

By The Associated Press

TAMPERE, Finland (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen scored in his homeland and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Saturday for a two-game NHL series sweep in Finland.

Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon each had three assists for the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, which won for the fourth time in six total games. Devon Toews and Martin Kaut each had a goal and an assist, and Logan O’Connor and Alex Newhook also scored.

Lehkonen opened the scoring after just 33 seconds and Colorado took control with three unanswered second-period goals at Nokia Arena.

Boone Jenner scored in the first for Columbus and Joonas Korpisalo made 40 saves in his home country. It was the fifth straight loss for the Blue Jackets.

The Avalanche also beat the Blue Jackets 6-3 Friday in Tampere. Finland-born Mikko Rantanen had three goals and an assist in the win, and MacKinnon had four assists.

RED WINGS 3, ISLANDS 0

DETROIT, AP — Ville Husso made 26 saves as the Red Wings ended the Islanders’ five-game winning streak.

Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist, helping Detroit to its third victory in four games. Lucas Raymond scored a power play goal and Pius Suter scored a shorthanded goal.

Husso’s shutout was his second this season and fifth of his career.

Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves for the Islanders, who were shut out for the first time this season. Varlamov was replaced by Ilya Sorokin with 8:13 to go.

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