DENVER (AP) - Radim Vrbata scored with 1:37 left in overtime--a goal originally credited to Shane Doan---to give the Phoenix Coyotes' a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.
The Coyotes forced the extra period when Vrbata scored into a wide open net with 3:11 left in the third period. Vrbata took a pass from Steven Reinprecht on a face off and slapped it past Budaj, who never saw the pass.
|Goalie Peter Budaj blocks a shot by Coyotes right winger Radim Vrbata in overtime on Monday. The Avalanche lost, 4-3, later in the period on a controversial goal that was first credited to Phoenix's Shane Doan and then later granted to Vrbata. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)|
The Avs were unable to capitalize on a rare February home game. They play just four of 14 games this month at the Pepsi Center, where they're 18-8-2, the second-best home record in the NHL behind Detroit.
It looked like the Avs were headed to victory when T.J. Hensick scored his second goal of night midway through the third period to give Colorado a 3-2 lead.
It came at 9:52 when he jammed the puck past Mikael Tellqvist after Jaroslav Hlinka centered the pass in front of the net. The goal wasn't allowed until a stoppage in play at 11:32 and the officiating crew had a chance to review the play.
Hensick had three goals coming into the game. His fourth gave Colorado a 1-0 lead. He tipped in Tyler Arnason's pass through the crease with just over two minutes left in the first period.
It was a short-lived lead as the Coyotes tied it on Peter Mueller's slap shot from the slot on a two-man advantage with a minute left in the period.
The Coyotes broke a 1-1 tie on Daniel Winnik's tip-in with an assist from Matt Murley five minutes into the second period, and the Avs knotted it again on Ian Laperriere's goal later in the period.
Coyotes center Martin Hanzal injured his shoulder on a hit from Cody McCormick with 8:20 left in the first period and did not return.
Notes: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game. Bettman said Denver would be strongly considered the next time the league decides to have another outdoor game like the one in Buffalo on New Year's Day. ... The Avs recalled Michael Wall from the AHL on Monday because of injuries to goalies Jose Theodore and Tyler Weiman.