As far as home openers go, the Avalanche produced straight-As for all but eight minutes Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.
Against the Bs — the Boston Bruins — Colorado excelled in every area for the first two periods in its first opportunity to re-ignite Mile High enthusiasm for the game after the last-place disaster that was 2016-17.
Boxscore: Colorado 6, Boston 3
In holding on after Boston’s late two-goal rally, the Avs (3-1) received multiple-point nights from forwards Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Nail Yakupov, Gabe Landeskog and Sven Andrighetto and never trailed in a 6-3 victory — their second in three days over Boston (1-2).
A sellout crowd of 18,011 witnessed rookie Alex Kerfoot, Yakupov, Andrighetto and Duchene get the goals for in taking a 4-1 lead and goalie Semyon Varlamov, who only faced nine shots through two periods, improve to 3-0 despite allowing third-period goals at 11:30 and 12:57.
Andrighetto and Tyson Jost scored empty-net goals to put it away for the Avs, who are 3-1 for the second consecutive season.
Wednesday’s event featured pregame opening-night player introductions after a moment of silence for Las Vegas shooting victims. And then Colorado went to work.
“This is a new group and we want to show our best in front of the home town,” Avs coach Bednar said after the morning skate.
Mission accomplished. The Avs took a 1-0 lead before dominating the second period and taking a 4-1 advantage into the third. Yakupov, Andrighetto (power play) and Duchene scored at 1:00, 12:37 and 15:43 of the second to turn the crowd into a frenzy.
Colorado outshot Boston 15-5 in the second period and 26-9 at that point. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was replaced after 40 minutes.