Avs outlast Coyotes in shootout
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cody McLeod scored in the 12th round of a shootout to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.It was the longest shootout ever for both teams.Paul Stastny scored in his first game back in the Colorado lineup, Marek Svatos also scored, and Tyler Arnason and John-Michael Liles had shootout goals to help the Avalanche snap a five-game winless streak. Colorado also moved a point ahead of Phoenix into ninth place in the Western Conference.
Phoenix’s Derek Morris scored with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Steven Reinprecht also scored, and Joel Perrault and Mike York had shootout goals for the Coyotes. Phoenix has lost two straight.Morris scored on a hard wrist shot from the blue line through traffic and past a screened Jose Theodore with the Coyotes playing with an extra attacker.Both goalies stopped the first five shootout attempts they faced.Arnason recorded the first shootout goal on a sharp wrist shot past Mikael Tellqvist. Perrault answered on a wrist shot of his own.
After each goalie stopped the next attempt, Liles scored between Tellqvist’s pads. York evened the score moments later on a wrist shot.Three more scoreless rounds followed before McLeod’s wrist shot sailed over Tellqvist’s blocker. Keith Yandle had a chance to extend the shootout, but his attempt went high to end the game.Stastny, who missed 15 games following an appendectomy in mid-January, tied it at 1 at 14:08 of the first period. Stastny took a long outlet pass from Jordan Leopold just outside the Phoenix zone and fired a shot from between the circles on net. Tellqvist made the initial save with his blocker, but the long rebound bounced to the left faceoff circle where Stastny scored on a wrist shot.
Svatos made it 2-1 at 9:09 of the second period, 9 seconds after Phoenix’s Craig Weller was whistled for hooking. Svatos took a pass from Scott Hannan just outside the top left edge of the crease and beat Tellqvist with a quick wrist shot.Reinprecht opened the scoring at 10:16 of the first with Phoenix on a 5-on-3 power play. Radim Vrbata’s shot from the edge of the left faceoff circle deflected off Shane Doan and slipped behind Theodore. Reinprecht tapped the puck into the net from 6 inches in front of the goal line for the score.Notes: Stastny has three goals and two assists in his last four games. … Doan’s assist moved him into a fourth-place tie with Teppo Numminen on the Coyotes’ career scoring list with 534 points. … The Coyotes have at least one power-play goal in eight straight games.
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