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No Quit Attitude For Avs in Win Over Coyotes
The Avalanche had been in this position before.
Colorado lost a two-goal lead Nov. 1 in Dallas but stayed the course and picked up the victory in overtime.
The Avs faced a similar situation Thursday as the Phoenix Coyotes came back from being down by two goals and took the lead in the third period.
But like that game in Texas earlier in the month, the Avs didn't get down on themselves. They kept working and found a way to tie the game late in the third period and then won it in overtime with a power play goal.
"I think it showed a lot of character," Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said. "It would have been easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves when they took the lead 3-2, but I thought our guys were resilient again and found a way to score that tying goal. Obviously, in overtime we took advantage of our power play."
O'Reilly's OT Goal Lifts Avalanche by Coyotes
But both players also scored goals for the Colorado Avalanche, and the come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night was worth the pain -- and the wait.
O'Reilly took a return pass from PA Parenteau during a 4-on-3 power play and beat Phoenix goalie Mike Smith under the blocker with 41.1 seconds left in overtime. Colorado has back-to-back wins against the Chicago Blackhawks and the Coyotes after a three-game losing streak.
Colorado let a 2-1 lead slip away in the third period when Phoenix got goals by Martin Hanzal and Antoine Vermette to take its first lead. But Cody McLeod swept home a Benoit rebound with 3:14 left in regulation to force overtime. O'Reilly finished it on Colorado's second power-play opportunity in OT.
"I just tried to get a shot off quick because [Smith] doesn't give you much," O'Reilly said after coming out of the training room. "It was a character win for us. We stuck with it. We gave up the lead in the third and McLeod gets a great, grinding goal by getting in the blue ice to tie it up."READ MORE >
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM: Marc Moser talks to Andre Benoit after the Avs top the Coyotes in OT.
HIGHLIGHTS: Here's all the highlights from tonight's 4-3 Avs' OT win against the Coyotes.
Avs Come to Desert with Exorcise Plan
The Avs went into their Tuesday night home game against Chicago wanting to get back on track at home after falling to the Florida Panthers a few nights earlier in front of their own fans.
The setback to the Panthers was the third straight loss for the Avalanche (15-5-0), and while the players said they weren’t worried, there was a sense that the team wanted to make a statement—and soon!—before losing all the momentum it had built up through the first six weeks of the season.Colorado ended up blitzing the Blackhawks with three goals scored in a seven-minute stretch in the first period before sending off the defending Stanley Cup champions with a 5-1 loss.
The Avs wanted a statement. The Avs made a statement.
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EJ Hradek discusses 5 topics in 5 minutes - Top 5 candidates for NHL awards.
* At 15-5-0, the Avs have posted their most wins through 20 games in franchise history. The previous best was 14 wins through 20 contests in 2000-01 (14-3-3) and 1994-95 (14-4-2).
* Colorado’s 30 points are tied for the second-highest total through 20 games in franchise history, trailing only the 2000-01 club (31). The 1994-95 Nordiques also had 30.
* With a goal and an assist on Tuesday, Paul Stastny moved past Valeri Kamensky (414) for eighth place on the franchise's all-time points list with 415.
* Stastny’s first period goal Tuesday moved him into sole possession of eighth place on the franchise's all-time goals list with 143, breaking a tie with Dale Hunter (142).
* Stastny has 12 points (7g/5a) in his last 11 games. He leads Colorado with nine points (6g/3a) in nine games so far this month.
* Gabriel Landeskog has 16 points (7g/9a) in his last 16 games.
* Ryan O'Reilly has eight points (5g/3a) in his last eight contests.
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Avalanche Aims for Return to Road Form in Phoenix
AVALANCHE (15-5-0) at COYOTES (14-4-3)
TV: ALT, FS-A
Last 10: Colorado 6-4-0; Phoenix 8-1-1
Season series: This is the first of three games this season between Colorado and Phoenix. The Coyotes, who went 2-0-1 against the Avalanche last season, will play in Denver on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Feb. 28.
Big story: This one will be a battle of the home-strong Coyotes vs. the road-accomplished Avalanche. Phoenix hasn't lost a home game in regulation this season (9-0-1) and can extend that streak to 11 on Thursday, a streak that would match a club record set in 1998-99, when ties were counted in the standings. Colorado is 6-2 on the road this season after winning its first six away from Pepsi Center.READ MORE >