Coyotes 6, Avalanche 1
By Jerry Brown | NHL Correspondent
GLENDALE -- If the Coyotes are going to make their third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they are going to have to find a way to make home ice a nasty place for opponents.
The last two games are a perfect blueprint to do just that.
Shane Doan recorded the 40th two-goal game in his NHL career and Boyd Gordon added his first as the Coyotes (21-18-7) scored twice in each period and had six players record multiple-point games as they buried the Colorado Avalanche, 6-1, in a Monday matinee at Jobing.com Arena.
Gilbert Brule added a his first goal as a member of the Coyotes and an assist in his third game with Phoenix and rookie Chris Summers, Ray Whitney and Keith Yandle each added a pair of assists.
Chuck Kobasew had the only goal for Colorado (24-21-2), who allowed at least six goals in a game for the fourth time this year and has now lost four of their last five.
"The great thing about today was getting contributions right through our lineup," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We talk about our identity, and that's where we have to be all the time. We had a lot of people chipping in."
Doan had his first career hat trick in a 5-1 win over the Islanders on Jan. 7 and now has five of the 11 goals Phoenix has scored in its last two home games. For a team that won just eight times in their first 18 in Glendale (7-8-3), that's a good sign.
The Coyotes have played just seven home games in the last seven weeks, playing back-to-back at home only once since Thanksgiving. After a prolonged travel schedule that ends Wednesday in Anaheim, the Coyotes will play nine of the next 11 and 21 of their last 35 at home.
"It's nice to have some success here offensively and we're going to have to continue that," Doan said. "This is the last week of this and after that you'll look back and say, ‘Wow, that was a pretty tough stretch.' But we have four big games this week and the only thing we can concentrate on is winning."
Monday was a good start. Phoenix inched to within two points of eighth-place Minnesota and one of the ninth-place Avs with the win. Colorado is now 1-3-1 in the last five after an 8-1-0 run that pushed them into the playoff race.
The Coyotes were not assessed a minor penalty in the game, something that stood out for Colorado Head Coach Joe Sacco.
"I'm not sure how many penalties we deserved, but when you go through a whole game when the other team plays a perfect game, it's something to be said for how they play," Sacco said.
Doan, who needed 1,161 NHL games to record his first NHL hat trick, once again took over the game and made a bid for a repeat performance. After scoring on a mini-breakaway in the first, Whitney set up Summers for a shot that Doan deflected down and past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov with 9:06 left in the second to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead. Five minutes later, Doan came within an inch of back-to-back home hat tricks when he beat Varlamov but pinged the puck off the right post.
"I thought I had it, I knew it was close," Doan said. "They guys were working for me again, but I know for a fact hat tricks are hard to come by."
|Gilbert Brule scored his first goal with Phoenix on Monday. Photo by Norm Hall.
The Coyotes closed out the period at 16:37 when Whitney patiently held the puck and found a trailing Gordon a step ahead of his defender. Gordon put the puck over Varlamov as he was falling to the ice for his fourth goal and first since Nov. 12 – a stretch of 23 games -- to put his team in command at 4-1.
Gordon made it 5-1 with his 100th NHL point at 5:31 of the third, poking home a rebound of his own wraparound try for the first two-goal game of his 402-game NHL career. He had three more shots in the final minutes as his teammates tried to set him up for a hat trick.
"I think 'Doaner' is more used to (being set up on every shift) than I am. The guys were great getting me some shots," Gordon said. "For me, I don't score too many goals so getting two for me is pretty special."
Ten minutes later, Rostislav Klesla set up in the low slot and one-timed a Brule pass to put an exclamation point on the rout.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
Phoenix's offensive outburst overshadowed a great performance by goalie Mike Smith
, who made 38 saves – including huge stops early when the game was tied 1-1.
Up 2-1, Smith robbed Avalanche forward Paul Stastny twice in a matter of seconds in the first period -- once by smacking a pad against the post and then with a quick glove when Stastny tried to take his own rebound upstairs.
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• The Coyotes scored a season-high six goals. Eleven players notched at least one point and six - Shane Doan
, Boyd Gordon
, Gilbert Brule
, Ray Whitney
, Keith Yandle
and Chris Summers
- notched two.
• Center Boyd Gordon
, who entered the game with 30 goals in 401 NHL games, scored twice within a nine-minute span in the third period to record the first multi-goal game of his NHL career. Gordon's second goal was the 100th point of his NHL career. Trying for his first NHL hat trick, Gordon finished with a game-high eight shots on goal.
• Forward Gilbert Brule
, playing in his first home game since being claimed off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers last week, notched a goal and an assist. Brule scored his goal from very close to the same spot on the Jobing.com Arena ice where he scored his first NHL goal as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Coyotes on Nov. 20, 2005.
• Defenseman Chris Summers
, who was replacing injured Adrian Aucoin
(lower-body injury) in the lineup, notched his first NHL point when he assisted on Shane Doan
's second goal at 10:54 of the second period. Summers added his second NHL assist/point when he helped Boyd Gordon
score his second goal at 5:31 of the third period.
• The Coyotes played minus centers Martin Hanzal
(upper-body injury) and defenseman David Schlemko
(lower-body injury). Both players are on the injured reserve list. They also played with defenseman Adrian Aucoin
(lower-body injury) and forward Raffi Torres
(lower-body injury), who are day-to-day.
• Phoenix is 7-1-1 at home vs. Colorado in the past nine games between the teams.
• The Coyotes scratched Adrian Aucoin
, Paul Bissonnette
and Raffi Torres
• The Coyotes' next game is Wednesday vs. the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. The puck drops at 8 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen of Fox Sports Arizona Plus and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
||"I think we had lots of other people contributing tonight, not just the same guys. We need everyone in the room to get wins and that's what we've got to keep doing."
||"I was very happy and just a crazy energy came over me when I scored. I was very pumped up and I was happy to get the first one of the game, too."
||"They capitalized on their scoring chances. We had chances, too, in the second period and early third, but the game got away from us and we were just chasing the game."
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