Coyotes follow bouncing puck to OT win

Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


DENVER -- The Phoenix Coyotes have been victimized by bad bounces this year, so they thought it was nice to have one go their way.
Shane Doan took advantage of an unusual chance when he scored with 58.9 seconds left in overtime and the Coyotes rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night.
"It's hard to remember when you win, it's usually that you always remember when that happened against you," Doan said.
The Phoenix captain might remember this one. Doan got his second goal of the night when defenseman Greg Zanon tried to clear the puck along the boards. 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.
"I didn't see how he ended up with it. I turned to follow the puck and Chipper had it," said Doan, who also had an assist. "I didn't know until we got (in the locker room) it went off the ref's skate. That's the way it is.
"It's a bounce. We've had a couple of bounces go against us this year and you try to make as much as you can when you get them. It was one of those nights where we found a way to get two points. You have to do that, especially in a shortened season."
It was Doan's 11th career overtime goal, which ties him for sixth among active players.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored and Chipchura had two assists for Phoenix.
"A game like that, we've got to find a way to win," said Colorado center Matt Duchene, who had a goal. "It was a terrible bounce."
Doan had the chance to net the winner thanks to his goalie. Mike Smith dominated Colorado last year when he posted a 3-0-0 record and a 1.33 goals-against average, and he was just as sharp early Monday night. He had 20 of his season-high 41 saves into the second period and made a couple of highlight stops to keep Colorado off the board.
"He was solid in there," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "He gave us the saves we needed."
Mark Olver broke through with a rising shot from the top of the slot that beat Smith over his right shoulder 2:24 into the period.
Minutes late, a turnover at the Colorado blue line 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 five-on-three at the end of the second period. Mikkel Boedker had the best chance, but Varlamov made a glove save.
Phoenix tied it when Ekman-Larsson scored on a shot from the right boards with 8:21 left in regulation.
The Avalanche (4-6-1) had two late power-play chances, at 17:34 of the third period and again with 19 seconds left in regulation, but couldn't win it.
Colorado hasn't been productive on the power play all season. The Avalanche were 0 of 4 against the Coyotes and have scored just three goals in 37 power-play chances this season.
"We took the pedal off the metal in the third," Duchene said. "It's a tough way to lose here."
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.
"The first play was a normal cycle and he got a lucky break," Chipchura said.
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.