But Dries knocked in a loose puck early in the third period to tie it.
Rantanen poked in a feed from Devon Toews to make it 1-1 midway through the first period. He got his 13th goal by knocking home a rebound with Dakota Joshua in the box for high-sticking at 17:44.
It marked the seventh straight game the league’s best power-play unit scored.
Rodrigues went straight to the dressing room with a lower-body injury after tumbling hard to the ice when he got tied up with Kyle Burroughs late in the first.
Colorado, coming off a 3-0 trip, got off to a sloppy start.
A turnover behind the net led to Elias Pettersson finding an open Mikheyev in the slot, and his wrist shot 21 seconds in made it 1-0. It was the fastest road goal for Vancouver since Henrik Sedin scored 10 seconds in at Colorado on Oct. 24, 2014.
Oskar Olausson, Colorado’s 2021 first-round pick, was called up and made his NHL debut, skating on the second line with Alex Newhook and Rodrigues. Martin Kaut moved to the fourth line.
Artturi Lehkonen assisted on both Rantanen goals, extending extend his career-best point streak to eight games. … The Avs also recalled F Jayson Megna. … Avs D Samuel Girard (lower body) returned after a six-game absence. … Canucks F Tanner Pearson (hand) skated in the morning but missed his sixth straight game. … Injured Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog (knee surgery) turned 30.
Canucks: Visit Vegas on Saturday night.
Avalanche: At Nashville on Friday.
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