RECAP: Arizona Coyotes rally, top Avalanche in shootout

Mar 23, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) skates against Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Schmaltz, Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak scored in the shootout, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Tuesday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Alex Goligoski, Lawson Crouse and Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist each for the Coyotes, who overcame a 4-2, third-period deficit. Arizona’s Jakob Chychrun also scored and Adin Hill made 35 saves through regulation and overtime, with another in the shootout.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist apiece and Valeri Nichushkin had a goal for the Avalanche, whose seven-game winning streak ended.

Jonas Johansson stopped 28 shots in Colorado debut, and Samuel Girard added two assists. Johansson, acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, failed to make a save in the shootout.

Joonas Donskoi scored the only shootout goal for the Avalanche.

The Coyotes took the early lead when Chychrun sent a shot through traffic and to the far post at 1:25 of the first period. It was his ninth of the season.

Just 3:27 later, Goligoski made it 2-0 when his one-timer from the slot beat Johansson for his first goal of the season.

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Colorado came back later in the period on a power play, getting within a goal when Landeskog battled in front of the net, kicked a loose puck to his stick and knocked it in at 14:47. It was his 10th of the season.

The Avalanche tied it when Rantanen’s shot from the right circle beat Hill to the far side at 18:49 of the first. It was Rantanen’s 19th of the season.

MacKinnon put Colorado ahead with his 10th goal of the season and 200th of his career at 19:49 of the second period.

Nichushkin put the Avalanche ahead by 4-2 when he tipped Ryan Graves’ shot from the point at 5:28 of the third. It was his seventh of the season.

The Coyotes got back in it with two goals in a span of 2:03. Crouse made it 4-3 when he scored on a rebound at 6:38, his second of the season, and Kessel had his sharp-angle shot sneak through for his 10th at 8:41.

–Field Level Media