The Colorado Avalanche got off to a slow start in the first period as the Phoenix Coyotes dominated in their zone. Cory Sarich would be called for a two-minute minor for delay of game as he flipped the puck over the glass; just a stupid play.
The Coyotes coming into this game were ranked 6th in the National Hockey League in power-play percentage, as Coyotes wing Shane Doan has six power-play goals, 2nd in the NHL. They would only account for one shot on net as the Avalanche penalty-kill unit did yet another stellar job.
Colorado would be called for another penalty as defenseman Andre Benoit would be called for high-sticking; Coyotes were out-playing Colorado and the first and the Avs couldn’t skate with them. The Avs killed the power-play again as Phoenix was (0-2) on the night. Moments after the penalty was over, Coyotes center Martin Hanzal had a great chance to put Phoenix ahead. (PHOTO).
The Avs would hold off the Coyotes in the first, as it went into intermission 0-to-0. Coyotes would outshoot the Avs 15-to-8.
Michael Stone of the Phoenix Coyotes would be called for cross-checking as he checked Max Talbot in the beginning of the 2nd period. Colorado would go on the power-play and would convert. John Mitchell scored his 4th goal of the season as he was assisted by Nathan Mackinnon and P.A. Parenteau. Mackinnon would get his 10th assist of the season tied-1st among rookies.
Semyon Varlamov continues his stellar play as he had a huge save on Coyotes winger Kyle Chipchura (PHOTO).
Colorado would go on to another power-play as Antoine Vermette would be called for a two-minute minor for tripping Avs rookie Nathan Mackinnon. Avs would have a couple chances but Phoenix would end up killing the penalty.
Andre Benoit would score his 1st goal of the season as he came back from the locker room after behind hit by the puck off of a redirection. He was assisted by Ryan O’Reilly and gave the Avalanche the 2-0 lead.
Phoenix would answer immediately as Michael Stone caught Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov off guard as he shot one from behind the blue-line, reducing the lead to one. That goal would be Stone’s 7th goal of the season, assisted by Kyle Chipchura and Paul Bissonnette. At the end of two, the score would be Avalanche 2, Coyotes 1.
Phoenix would have two goals called off in the 3rd as one of them was stuck under Varlamov and Phoenix thought it was a goal, the refs reviewed it and the play stood as no goal. Martin Hanzal would have his goal called off as a Coyote would make contact with Varly.
Martin Hanzal would score yet again, this time it counted as he tied it up at two. Jan Hejda would be called for a two-minute minor for hooking. Phoenix would make the Avs pay as Antoine Vermette would score his sixth goal of the season, giving the Coyotes the 3-2 lead as they scored three unanswered.
In overtime, Keith Yandle would be called for a two-minute minor for slashing on Tyson Barrie. Ryan O’Reilly would bring the Avs home as he scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds left in overtime.
- 3: Ryan O’Reilly COL: GWG with 41 seconds left in OT
- 2: P.A. Parenteau COL: 2 assists
- 1: Semyon Varlamov COL: 41/44 saves, .932.
What’s Up Next: The Avalanche will take on the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday night.