Avalanche beat Coyotes 4-3 in overtime

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm •  Published: November 21, 2013
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche knew they would get a fight from the Phoenix Coyotes, one of the NHL's best rallying teams.

But when the Coyotes pushed, the Avalanche pushed right back.

Ryan O'Reilly scored a power-play goal with 41 seconds left in overtime and Colorado bounced back after allowing two third-period goals to beat Phoenix 4-3 on Thursday night.

"That's (fighting back) what good teams do and what we have to learn," Colorado LW Gabriel Landeskog said. "It's just about finding ways to win and that's what we did."

Colorado had been the NHL's best team at holding a lead and entered the third period up 2-1 on goals by Andre Benoit and John Mitchell.

Coming off a four-day break, Phoenix turned up the pressure in the third period and went ahead 3-2 on goals by Martin Hanzal and Antoine Vermette four minutes apart.

The Avalanche fought back, though, tying it with 3:14 left in regulation on a whirling backhander by Cody McLeod that found its way through Mike Smith's pads.

O'Reilly ended it in overtime, sending a wrist shot past Smith for his ninth goal of the season and Colorado's seventh win in nine road games.

"This is a very good team, probably one of the best in the NHL and I thought our guys did a good job of coming here and winning that game," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said.

Phoenix dictated play most of the way, spending long stretches in Colorado's zone and sending 44 shots at Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov.

The Coyotes fell behind 2-0 despite dominating early and fought back late, but were hurt by two late penalties: One by Hanzal that carried over into overtime and another by Keith Yandle that set up Colorado's winning power play.

Michael Stone also scored and Shane Doan extended his points streak to seven games with an assist on Vermette's goal for the Coyotes, who remain unbeaten in regulation at home (9-0-2).

"I thought we did a lot of good things in that game, thought we controlled a lot of the play, had upward of 75 scoring chances," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "But in a tight game, mistakes matter and when you put a team on the power play twice in overtime, it usually comes back to bite you and it did."

Two of the NHL's highest-scoring teams needed a little while to get rolling, playing a scoreless first period. Phoenix had some good chances in the opening 20 minutes, but couldn't get any of its 15 shots past Varlamov.



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