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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Colorado



(Sunday, March 14th)

Final Score: Colorado 4, Phoenix 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Tommy Salo made 26 saves in his Colorado debut, leading the Avalanche to a 4-1 win over Phoenix at the Pepsi Center.

Salo also stopped a penalty shot in his first game with the Avalanche, who acquired him in a trade Tuesday with Edmonton.

"When I found out [Saturday] I was playing I was more focused than usual," Salo said.

Matthew Barnaby and Steve Konowalchuk both posted a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has won four straight and is 5-1-1 in its last seven overall. John-Michael Liles and Rob Blake also scored, as the Avalanche completed a home-and-home sweep following a 3-2 win Friday in Phoenix.

Mike Comrie scored for the Coyotes, who suffered their eighth straight road loss and extended their overall winless streak to 12 games (0-8-2-2). Phoenix hasn't won since February 20 against Columbus.

Brian Boucher stopped 21 shots for Phoenix, which is winless in seven straight trips to Denver (0-6-1).

Liles' seventh goal of the season put Colorado ahead 1-0. He converted a high wrist shot from between the circles with 9:17 left in the first period.

Both teams failed to convert on a pair of power plays in the initial 20 minutes.

Less than three minutes into the second period, Colorado forward Milan Hejduk hit the post behind Boucher with a shot. Three minutes later he hit the post with another shot.

After a scoreless second period, Barnaby put the Avalanche ahead 2-0 early in the third period. He scored on a snap shot from the left faceoff circle at 2:46. Konowalchuk's pass set it up.

Blake's power-play tally, with 4:54 left in the third, opened a 3-0 advantage. Stationed in front of the crease, he tipped in a shot by Hejduk from the left faceoff circle.

Comrie brought the Coyotes within 3-1 on a tip in from the crease 41 seconds later. But he failed to convert on a penalty shot with 2:30 remaining. Salo stopped his shot to the lower left corner.

"I wasn't sure what he was going to do," Salo said. "I was lucky to stop him."

Konowalchuk's 17th goal of the season capped the scoring for Colorado.

Game Notes

Phoenix fell to 0-7-1-2 under interim head coach Rick Bowness and dropped to 10-14-10-2 on the road this season...The Avalanche, who improved to 2-5-3-2 in their last 12 at home, have won three of the four meetings in the season series...Colorado's Joe Sakic extended his point streak to four games (two goals, eight points).

03/14 18:02:01 ET


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