DENVER – Jonathan Huberdeau rocked the Avalanche on Wednesday night.

The Florida Panthers forward forced overtime at the Pepsi Center with a goal 1:30 before regulation ended, then sent the crowd home disappointed by scoring 29 seconds into OT as the Panthers skated off 4-3 winners.

Colorado blew a 3-1 lead after star center Nathan MacKinnon scored his team-high seventh goal 7:37 into the third period.

MacKinnon, the NHL’s only player to produce a point in every game he has played this season, had an assist and a goal — both off long wrist shots from the high slot. New linemate Joonas Donskoi scored off the first one, a rebound off his leg, and MacKinnon gave Colorado a 3-1 lead midway through the third with another bouncing puck going off two Panthers and in.

But Florida got goals from Aleksander Barkov at 12:04 and Huberdeau at 18:30 to force overtime, the latter coming on a 6-on-5 attack after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky skated to the bench for an extra skater.

The Avs were playing their first game without both of their top-line wingers: Mikko Rantanen and Gabe Landeskog. But MacKinnon and his new linemates, Donskoi and Nazem Kadri, were similarly good.

The Avs led 2-1 after both intermissions, with the first three goals scored within the first 20 minutes.

Matt Nieto got the Avs on the board 6:05 into the game, when he punched the puck across the goal line from the doorstep. But the Panthers, who fell to the Avs 5-4 in overtime on Oct. 16 at home, tied it less than four minutes later, when center Colton Sceviour redirected a shot from defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

Colorado regained the lead with 32 seconds remaining in the first period. Donskoi couldn’t get out of the way of MacKinnon’s shot from the point, but the puck caromed off Donskoi’s shin pad and near his feet, where he swatted it past Bobrovsky.

Footnotes. Fourth-line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare replaced Landeskog with a letter on his chest, joining regular alternate captains MacKinnon and Johnson. … Defenseman Ryan Graves, 24, was scratched for the first time this season. He was replaced by Mark Barberio, who played in his fourth game. Graves has played in just 37 career NHL games. … Rookie defenseman Cale Makar celebrated his 21st birthday. … The Avs will practice Thursday to prepare for a consecutive-night stretch against the Dallas Stars at home, then at the Arizona Coyotes on Friday and Saturday.

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