|COL||1||1||1||0||0 (0 - 2)||3|
|PHX||0||3||0||0||1 (2 - 2)||4|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Peter Mueller and Radim Vrbata scored in a shootout to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.
After the Avs' Wojtek Wolski failed to record a shot in the shootout, Mueller scored on a wrist shot past goalie Peter Budaj. Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov then stopped Marek Svatos, and when Vrbata scored on a backhand, the Coyotes picked up two standing points.
|Ben Guite, center, takes a shot on Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, left, as Martin Hanzal helps on defense, during the third period of the Avalanche's 4-3 loss in the shootout on Monday. (AP Photo/Roy Dabner)|
Colorado rallied to tie the game. Down 3-2, Cody McLeod's second goal of the season with 4:49 left in the third period forced overtime.
The Avs struck first when Wolski took a perfect pass from Andrew Brunette from the right corner, and beat Bryzgalov at 12:23 of the opening period.
The Coyotes' best first-period opportunity occurred when defenseman Keith Yandle fired from the right point. That shot, and his follow-up rebound, were both handled by Budaj midway through the period.
Vrbata jammed in a loose puck just outside the crease on the power play at 3:30 of the second period, and Steven Reinprecht, charging down the slot, beat Budaj 11 seconds later to give Phoenix a 2-1 lead.
Vrbata added his second power-play goal of the game when he converted a long pass from Mueller with 4:08 left in the second.
The Avs cut it to 3-2 in the final minute of the middle period when Brett Clark knocked in a rebound from close range.
Notes: Avs captain Joe Sakic, recovering from hernia surgery, missed his 14th straight game. ... The Coyotes' two goals within 11 seconds was not a franchise record. Winnepeg's Deron Quint scored two within four seconds on Dec. 15, 1995, an NHL record. Winnipeg moved to Phoenix at the start of the 1995-96 season.
|Wojtek Wolski (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (20), Brad Richardson (2)|
1 - 0 COL
|PPG - Radim Vrbata (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Hanzal (17), Fredrik Sjostrom (6)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Steve Reinprecht (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike York (5), Ed Jovanovski (20)|
2 - 1 PHX
|PPG - Radim Vrbata (16) Snap shot - ASST: Peter Mueller (9), Shane Doan (20)|
3 - 1 PHX
|Brett Clark (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Ian Laperriere (7), Paul Stastny (29)|
3 - 2 PHX
|Cody McLeod (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ben Guite (8), Ian Laperriere (8)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||W. Wolski||P. Mueller||0 - 1|
|2||M. Svatos||R. Vrbata||0 - 2|
|Martin Hanzal Holding against Paul Stastny|
|Milan Hejduk Tripping against Derek Morris|
|Marek Svatos Hooking against Mathias Tjarnqvist|
|Jaroslav Hlinka Tripping against Martin Hanzal|
|Keith Ballard Hooking against Paul Stastny|
|Cody McCormick Interference against Steve Reinprecht|
|Karlis Skrastins Hooking against Radim Vrbata|
|Scott Hannan Interference against Fredrik Sjostrom|
|Mathias Tjarnqvist Slashing against Cody McLeod|
|SA: 26||TOI: 64:42|
|Saves: 23||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .885||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 45||TOI: 64:38|
|Saves: 42||EV: 33 - 36|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .933||SH: 3 - 3|