Hours after dealing Amonte to Philadelphia and one day before the NHL trade deadline, Phoenix rallied from a deficit of at least two goals for the second straight game. The Coyotes also inched within seven points of Edmonton for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
“We found a way to get a point tonight, which was huge,” Doan said. “It was hard. You’re down, 2-0, and you have the opportunity to gain on somebody. You have to go and get that next goal. Once we got it, then it was a matter of just keeping the energy and hopefully get that next one to tie it up. We came back from 3-0 the game before. That was sort of a building block for tonight.”
“There’s so much speculation with our club, you knew something was going to happen,” said Coyotes coach Bob Francis. “We all realize that we’re professional players, it comes along with the business. It’s unfortunate, but it was interesting to see how we responded. I think the guys sent a message.”
Doan, who ended a 16-game scoring drought on Tuesday, halved Phoenix’s deficit just 36 seconds into the third period.
Roy made 23 saves but failed to cover the right side of the crease, allowing Savage to nudge the puck past him with 6:59 remaining. Savage’s fifth goal could have put the Coyotes in front, but Doan’s equalizer nearly five minutes earlier was waved off.
“We obviously needed something out of here,” Francis said. “We knew it was make or break. I thought the game ended probably the way it should. We were disappointed the goal that we scored didn’t count because (Peter) Forsberg had (Paul) Ranheim in a bear hug. But, hey, we ended up scoring a power-play goal on it.”
With defenseman Martin Skoula serving a high-sticking penalty and Forsberg off for holding, Savage used an outstanding individual effort to forge the tie. As defenseman Deron Quint’s pass trickled through the slot, Savage scooped it up with his glove and scored his third goal in six games.
“I reached up, I saw it coming over the net,” Savage said. “Once I got it and it dropped right in front of me, it seemed like everybody else was going the other way, including Roy, and it was a wide-open net and I just put it in. It was sort of a lucky play.”
Shortly after Savage’s goal, both teams had chances to go ahead. In a 20-second span, Vrbata’s shot went wide and Joe Sakic put one off the post with 3:20 remaining.
A few shifts later, a turnover by newly acquired Avalanche defenseman Bryan Marchment nearly resulted ended up in the net. Marchment lost the puck to Daymond Langkow near his own blue line, but Roy came out of the crease to make a glove stop.
Burke made nine saves in the first period, 11 in the second, nine in the third and five in overtime. He made a glove stop on Forsberg with 11.2 seconds remaining in the extra period to preserve the tie.
Forsberg and Steven Reinprecht tallied for Colorado, which blew a lead for the second time in three games. The Avalanche also squandered a three-goal cushion in Friday’s 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay.
“You have to remember that every team we’re playing, you got to respect,” Colorado coach Tony Granato said. “Phoenix needed to find a way to get a point to keep their season alive. We can’t by any means relax against any opponent. We have to expect that we have to battle like crazy for getting points against those type of teams.”
“I think we need to get better when they come within a goal, not to get back on our heels,” Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote added. “We have to learn from that. When a team gets a goal on us, we can’t let anything bother us.”
Forsberg extended his points streak to nine games midway through the second. Linemate Alex Tanguay, whose 16-game streak ended Saturday, ripped a one-timer from the high slot that Forsberg deflected past Burke.
Just 1:59 later, with Mike Johnson serving a hooking penalty, Reinprecht netted his 15th goal. His rebound off the left post was Colorado’s 33rd power-play tally in the last 36 contests.
Despite blowing a lead, the Avalanche picked up a point in their 11th straight home game. They are 8-0-2-1 at the Pepsi Center since January 16.