|PHX||1||1||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|COL||2||0||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|G: 1||Shots: 4|
|A: 1||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 18:05|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:58|
|GA: 2||EV: 23-25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2-2|
|SV%: .926||SH: 0-0|
|G: 2||Shots: 2|
|A: 0||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 10:41|
By Rick Sadowski | NHL.com Correspondent
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Coyotes, 3-2, on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center for their ninth victory in the past 10 games on home ice.
Avs rookie Gabriel Landeskog scored the game-winning goal at 9:10 of the third period (see KEY MOMENT below).
The Coyotes have played seven consecutive one-goal games and are just 2-4-1 in those games.
"It's frustrating," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We've played a lot of tight hockey games and we can't find a way to get on top of them."
The Avalanche (20-18-1) dominated play for two periods and enjoyed a 27-12 advantage in shots, but the score was tied 2-2 heading to the third period.
Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker scored his second goal of the game at 17:39 of the second period after an Avalanche turnover. Boedker beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with a shot from high in the right circle for his sixth goal of the season.
The Coyotes (18-16-4) had a chance to take the lead with 28.2 seconds left in the period when Oliver Ekman-Larsson was pulled down by Daniel Winnik and awarded a penalty shot. But Varlamov, who has stopped 14 of 16 shots while posting a 5-0 record in shootouts this season, held his ground and forced Ekman-Larsson to shoot wide of the left post.
The Avalanche sandwiched goals by Kevin Porter and Stefan Elliott around Boedker’s first goal to grab a 2-1 lead in the first period.
|Photo by Getty Images.|
Porter scored shortly after exiting the penalty box after serving an Avalanche penalty for having too many men on the ice. He drove to the net on a two-on-one rush with Paul Stastny and redirected Stastny’s pass behind Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera at 7:44 for his second goal in two games and third of the season.
The Coyotes answered at 12:31 when Boedker beat Varlamov with a shot from the right circle through traffic.
Elliott put the Avalanche in front at 15:28 with a shot from above the circles after taking a pass from TJ Galiardi.
The Avalanche lost left wing Matt Duchene to a right knee injury early in the first period. Duchene, on his third shift, went to throw a check and his knee seemed to lock – no diagnosis was available immediately after the game.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Photo by Getty Images.
|Kevin Porter (3) ASST: Paul Stastny (10), Gabriel Landeskog (11)|
1 - 0 COL
|Mikkel Boedker (6) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (5), Taylor Pyatt (5)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Stefan Elliott (4) ASST: TJ Galiardi (4), Kyle Quincey (15)|
2 - 1 COL
|Mikkel Boedker (7) ASST: Taylor Pyatt (6), Kyle Chipchura (6)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Gabriel Landeskog (8) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (4), Shane O'Brien (12)|
3 - 2 COL
|Rostislav Klesla Tripping against Gabriel Landeskog|
|Kevin Porter Too many men/ice - bench|
|Daymond Langkow Tripping against Jay McClement|
|TJ Galiardi Interference on goalkeeper against Jason LaBarbera|
|Chuck Kobasew Slashing against Keith Yandle|
|Kyle Quincey Tripping against Patrick O'Sullivan|
|Lauri Korpikoski Interference on goalkeeper against Semyon Varlamov|
|Andy Miele Hi-sticking against Shane O'Brien|
|TJ Galiardi Boarding against Kyle Chipchura|
|Keith Yandle Holding against Ryan O'Reilly|
|SA: 35||TOI: 59:16|
|Saves: 32||EV: 19 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 11 - 11|
|SV%: .914||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:58|
|Saves: 25||EV: 23 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .926||SH: 0 - 0|