Coyotes rally, then win shootout to stop Avs’ winning streak
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Kessel and Lawson Crouse rallied Arizona with goals in the third period, Christian Dvorak got the shootout clincher and the Coyotes beat Colorado 5-4 Tuesday night, ending the Avalanche‘s seven-game winning streak.
Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland also scored for the Coyotes in the shootout. Joonas Donskoi scored for the Avalanche, but Nathan McKinnon missed wide right against Adin Hill, who stopped 35 shots as Arizona rallied from a 4-2 deficit.
“We battled all night. We were down to fumes, guys were hurt,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.
The Coyotes killed off a penalty on Schmaltz in the extra period, with Hill making two outstanding saves during the power play.
Defensemen Jakob Chychrun and Alex Goligoski also scored for Arizona, while Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, MacKinnon and Valeri Nichuskin scored for Colorado. Jonas Johansson stopped 28 shots for the Avs, who beat Arizona 5-1 on Monday night.
The Coyotes were up 2-0 before the Avalanche had a shot on goal. Chychrun scored his ninth goal of the season 1:25 into the game, beating Johansson from the left point. Goligoski scored his first of the season on a feed from Kessel at 4:52.
The high-flying Avalanche began to shift the momentum and scored on the power play at 14:47. Landeskog scored his 10th of the season on a scrum in front of the net with Chychrun off for tripping.
Rantanen tied it with 1:11 left in the first on a backhand feed from behind the net from McKinnon. Despite the slow start, the Avs had an 11-8 edge in shots on goal for the period.
Colorado took its first lead with 10.4 seconds left in the second period when McKinnon’s shot through Landeskog’s screen beat Hill.
Nichuskin scored the Avalanche’s fourth straight goal, redirecting Ryan Graves’ shot from the point, at 5:28. But just 1:10 later, Crouse put home a rebound to make it a one-goal game again.
“After they made it 4-2, we needed something to go our way,” Tocchet said. “I don’t know if it was magical, but that third goal really got the bench going.
“We have to play a certain style, I thought we did for most of the game. Just accept who we are and play that style. Everybody contributed in their own way.”
The Coyotes tied it with 11:19 to play when Kessel, after being stopped in front of the net by Johansson, knocked in a rebound.
McKinnon and Rantanen have scored in six straight games and Landeskog extended his scoring streak to five.
Chychrun was injured early in the second period when McKinnon fell to the ice and his stick hit the Coyotes’ defenseman in the face. McKinnon was assessed a 4-minute penalty and Chychrun, who was bleeding, left the bench for medical attention. He returned to the game midway through the period.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, who left Monday’s game against Colorado with an upper-body injury, did not play Tuesday.
A NIGHT OFF
Philipp Grubauer, in net for all seven of the Avalanche’s games during the winning streak, was rested on Tuesday. He appeared in his 200th career game on Monday, posting his 19th victory of the season and lowering his NHL-leading goals-against average to 1.71.
Avalanche: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday and Saturday.
Coyotes: Host the San Jose Sharks on Friday and Saturday.
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