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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Colorado



(Tuesday, April 11th)

Final Score: Colorado 6, Phoenix 4

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Brett Clark had a goal and two assists, helping the Colorado Avalanche down the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4 at the Pepsi Center.

Alex Tanguay and Andrew Brunette had a goal and an assist each for the Avs, who ended a five-game homestand 3-2 and now just need two more points to clinch a playoff spot. Six different players scored for Colorado, which moved one point ahead of idle San Jose for the sixth spot in the Western Conference.

Derek Morris had a goal and an assist for Phoenix, which has dropped five straight.

The Avs put this game out of reach quickly, scoring three first-period goals and adding three more in the second before Phoenix finally found the back of the net.

Tanguay's unassisted goal just 1:08 into the contest gave Colorado a lead it would never relinquish. Tanguay, playing in his first game since March 19 because of a knee injury, stole the puck at center ice, skated in on Philippe Sauve all alone and beat him five-hole.

"I was a little bit lucky," said Tanguay. "[Phoenix's Zbynek Michalek] didn't see me coming and I got the clear breakaway. It was really good to get back. I even got a chance to stay away from the corners in the second and third."

Nearly 10 minutes later, Clark scored the first of three power-play goals for the Avs, who added another tally with a man advantage with 1:03 left in the stanza when Milan Hejduk became the third different Colorado player to score. Tanguay and Brunette each assisted on Hejduk's goal.

Ian Laperriere made it a 4-0 game just 38 seconds into the second, recording an even strength goal off assists from Clark and Brett McLean.

Clark and Patrice Brisebois then assisted on Brunette's power-play goal at the 7:40 mark of the stanza, making it a five-goal contest.

"I thought when I came here I would get one point here and one point there," said Clark, "but with these guys you have to be ready to get the puck all the time."

Just 1:13 later, Pierre Turgeon made it 6-0 with his 15th goal of the season.

Phoenix made it interesting scoring the final four goals, but it was too little too late.

Mike Ricci scored with 44 seconds left in the second. Morris, Mike Comrie and Josh Gratton all added third-period goals for the Coyotes, who also lost Monday night to San Jose.

This was the final regular season home game for the Avs, who finish the season with three games on the road.

The Avs' Jose Theodore ended with 21 saves.

Sauve finished with 20 saves before being pulled after the sixth Colorado goal. His replacement David Leneveu stopped all eight shots he faced.

Game Notes

Colorado's Joe Sakic had a 13-game point scoring streak end...Clark recorded a career-high three points in a game...Gratton's goal was the first of his NHL career.

04/11 23:56:24 ET


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