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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Colorado



(Friday, February 12th)

Final Score: Colorado 2, Phoenix 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Rookie center Matt Duchene scored both of Colorado's goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, as the Avalanche edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, at the Pepsi Center.

Craig Anderson stopped 33-of-34 shots for the Avalanche, who finished a four- game homestand with a perfect mark.

"I think our first period and third period were pretty good," Duchene said. "I think the second period we didn't play our best. That team discourages you and we just dug down deep like we did last game against Atlanta and came out with two points tonight."

Martin Hanzal scored the lone goal for the Coyotes, who had a two-game winning streak come to an end. Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves in defeat.

With the score deadlocked at 1-1, Duchene lit the lamp with 4:33 remaining in the third. Brett Clark's shot from the point was deflected by Duchene and got past Bryzgalov.

The Coyotes' hopes of a comeback were ruined with two penalties in the final 1:42. Anderson made 12 saves in the third.

"We had some chances to score a goal, but we did not capitalize," Bryzgalov said. "We got three power plays in the third period but we didn't shoot the puck to the net. We only have to blame ourselves. We have two opportunities afterwards and we took penalty after penalty and shot ourselves in the foot."

Colorado drew first blood at the 7:58 mark of the first period. As time expired on a 5-on-3 power play, Chris Stewart fired a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle that bounced off Bryzgalov. Duchene was positioned in front to jam home the rebound.

Hanzal's score at the 4:24 mark of the second tied things up. Shane Doan's shot from the right circle left a rebound in front for Hanzal, whose wrister beat Anderson.

The score remained 1-1 after two frames despite Phoenix outshooting the Avalanche, 12-3, in the middle stanza.

Game Notes

The Avalanche handed Phoenix a 4-1 defeat in Denver on November 4 in the only previous meeting between these teams this season. The Coyotes are still 6-2-2 in their last 10 encounters with Colorado and have prevailed in four of their seven most recent visits to the Pepsi Center...The Avs went 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Coyotes went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

02/13 01:00:12 ET


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