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Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)
Colorado Avalanche 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ryan O'Reilly tied it late in regulation, then had the only score in the shootout to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

Shane Doan had a power-play goal and an assist as the Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead, but O'Reilly scored on Colorado's only shot of the third period to send the game into overtime.

Philippe Dupuis and Jay McClement also scored for the Avalanche in their third victory in the last 17 games, all three in shootouts. Colorado is 6-1 in shootouts this season.

Lee Stempniak and Ray Whitney added goals for Phoenix in front 15,739 on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's "bobblehead" night.

The Coyotes got one point to pull two ahead of idle Los Angeles and Nashville for the No. 4 playoff spot in the West, but it was a disappointing performance, especially against a Colorado team that Phoenix had beaten three times.

Phoenix outshot Colorado 16-1 in the third period, but that one shot was O'Reilly's goal that tied it at 3-3 with 4:31 remaining.

Doan's power-play goal on a one-timer from his knee at the top of the circle had capped a Coyotes rally that put Phoenix ahead 3-2 with 7:37 left in regulation.

Down 2-0, the Coyotes finally came to life on Stempniak's unassisted goal. The right wing forced his way down the ice and scored from close range, his 18th goal of the season, to cut the Avalanche's lead to 2-1 with 3:31 to go in the second.

Phoenix finished the second period with a flurry of action in front of the Colorado net, all to no avail, including Whitney's blast that bounced off the crossbar.

The Coyotes kept up the assault early in the third period, tying it at 2-2 following consecutive shots by Doan, Eric Belanger and Whitney. Colorado goalie Peter Budaj, who had 35 saves, deflected the first two but, sprawling in front of the net, couldn't stop Whitney from his 16th goal of the season.

Colorado's first score came with 24 seconds left in the first period when Dupuis took a pass from McClement and poked the puck to the left of Bryzgalov and into the net.

McClement made it 2-0 with a wrist shot 7:16 into the second period.

Phoenix failed in its attempt to sweep the season series for the first time since 1990-91, when the Coyotes were the Winnipeg Jets and the Avalanche were the Quebec Nordiques.

A victory in regulation or overtime would have given Phoenix a chance to clinch a playoff spot if Dallas loses in regulation on Saturday. Now, the Coyotes, with just three games to play, will have to wait.

NOTES: Phoenix left wing Taylor Pyatt missed the game with what was described as a minor upper-body injury. ... Colorado set a franchise record with 425 man-games lost because of injury. No Avalanche player will appear in all 82 games. ... Phoenix doesn't play again until Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:36
COL
Philippe Dupuis (5) ASST: Jay McClement (12), Ryan O'Reilly (13)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
07:16
COL
Jay McClement (7) ASST: Daniel Winnik (14), Cody McLeod (3)
2 - 0 COL
16:29
PHX
Lee Stempniak (18) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
02:46
PHX
Ray Whitney (16) ASST: Eric Belanger (25), Shane Doan (39)
2 - 2 Tie
12:23
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (19) ASST: Ray Whitney (40), Keith Yandle (48)
3 - 2 PHX
15:29
COL
Ryan O'Reilly (12) ASST: Kevin Porter (11), John-Michael Liles (39)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDPHXCOLTOTAL
1K. Turris
M. Hejduk
0 - 0
2R. Vrbata
R. O'Reilly
0 - 1
3R. Whitney
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
01:35
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Daniel Winnik
05:59
COL
Matt Duchene  Hooking against  Andrew Ebbett
14:20
PHX
Ryan Hollweg  Too many men on the ice
2nd Period
05:01
PHX
Shane Doan  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
08:28
COL
Cody McLeod  Boarding against  David Schlemko
12:56
COL
Jonas Holos  Hooking against  Shane Doan
17:11
COL
Matt Duchene  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
3rd Period
09:56
PHX
Michal Rozsival  Interference against  Philippe Dupuis
11:49
COL
Jay McClement  Tripping against  Eric Belanger
18:39
COL
Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Vernon Fiddler
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 38TOI: 65:00
Saves: 35EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .921SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
35-19-9
SA: 20TOI: 64:51
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0
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