Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen celebrates his second goal in Thursday's night's 5-3 win in the regular season opener. (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
It turns out Mikko Rantanen was ready to go.
After agreeing to a new six-year, $55.5 million dollar contract last weekend, Rantanen started the regular season with a bang, scoring two goals in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames.
Joonas Donskoi scored the Avs first goal of the season at the 5:59 mark of the first period. After Calgary tied the game two-and-a-half minutes later, Rantanen scored a power play goal at 16:08.
Avs forward J.T. Compher broke a 2-2 tie at 12:22 of the second period and Rantanen scored his second goal of the night at 16:51.
Goalie Philipp Grubauer, after a shaky first couple of periods, settled down in the third and kept the Avs in the lead, spoiling a handful of quality scoring chances for the Flames.
Donskoi sealed the game by scoring his second goal with 1:09 remaining.
The Avs return to Pepsi Center to play Minnesota on Saturday, October 5.
After the game, KOA's Mike Rice caught up with Avs defenseman Cale Makar. Check out postgame comments from Rantanen, Grubauer and Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar, along with game highlights, below.