Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)By Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Feb 12, 2013 12:11 AM EST
DENVER - Shane Doan scored with 58.9 seconds left in overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night. Doan got his second goal of the night when defenseman Greg Zanon tried to clear the puck along the boards, and it ricocheted off the referee to Kyle Chipchura, who fed Doan in the slot. His wrister beat Semyon Varlamov high to give the Coyotes the win. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored and Chipchura had two assists for Phoenix. Mike Smith finished with 41 saves. Matt Duchene and Mark Olver scored for Colorado, which has lost three straight. For a while it looked like Smith was going to dominate the Avalanche again. Last season he posted a 3-0-0 record and a 1.33 goals-against average against Colorado, and into the second period he had turned away 20 shots to keep Phoenix ahead 1-0. But Olver finally broke through with a rising shot from the top of the slot that beat Smith over his right shoulder 2:24 into the frame. Minutes late, a turnover at the Colorado (4-6-1) blueline gave Duchene a breakaway, and he slid a shot under Smith to give Colorado a 2-1 lead. The Coyotes (6-5-2) came on strong after that but couldn't get a goal on a 5-on-3 at the end of the second. Mikkel Boedker had the best chance but Varlamov made a glove save. The Coyotes finally tied it when Ekman-Larsson scored on a shot from the right boards with 8:21 left in regulation. Colorado controlled the play at the start, getting the first seven shots, but it was Phoenix that scored first when Chipchura stole a puck in the offensive zone, and fed Doan down low, who beat Varlamov with a backhander midway through the first period. NOTES: Colorado forward Aaron Palushaj made his season debut. The Avalanche claimed him off waivers from Montreal on Thursday. ... Forward John Mitchell was scratched with the flu. ... Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla played in his 600th NHL game. ... Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette was in the lineup after being scratched for four straight games. He took the place of forward Nick Johnson, who has no points in his last three games. ... Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick was scratched with a torso injury and Tyson Barrie was active Monday. ... Colorado does not have a goal from a defenseman this season and has just five points from the blue line so far. Ryan O'Byrne picked up his first point on Olver's goal in the second period.
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