DENVER (AP) — J.T. Compher scored twice, Cale Makar had a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Edmonton Oilers 8-6 on Tuesday night in a fast-paced, no-lead-felt-safe Game 1 of the Western Conference final.

The Avalanche’s eight goals were tied for the most in a playoff game in franchise history.

Even Colorado’s four-game lead in the second period hardly felt secure in a matchup between the two highest-scoring teams in the postseason— and the win wasn’t in hand until Gabriel Landeskog’s empty-net goal with 21.4 seconds remaining.

Not only were there goals galore, but both teams needed to use backup goaltenders: Mike Smith was pulled after giving up six goals and Darcy Kuemper left with an upper-body injury.

This was a matchup billed as a showdown between stars Nathan MacKinnon and Connor McDavid and they delivered. MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for Colorado, and McDavid a goal and two assists for Edmonton.

The Colorado Avalanche's J.T. Compher (37) celebrates his goal with teammate Andre Burakovsky.

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But it was the supporting casts that produced big time.

Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Avalanche, who have a 19-6 series record when taking the first game of a best-of-seven since relocating to Denver. Twelve Avs recorded at least a point and six had multi-point games.



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