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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Phoenix



(Saturday, March 17th)

Final Score: Colorado 6, Phoenix 3

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic registered two goals and an assist and Paul Stastny scored twice to lead Colorado past Phoenix, 6-3.

With the goals, Stastny extended his NHL rookie-record scoring streak to 20 consecutive games. The 21-year-old's streak is also the second- longest in Avs' history.

Sakic, meanwhile, reached the 30-goal plateau with his two tallies for the 10th time in his illustrious career.

Ben Guite and Brad Richardson also scored and Andrew Brunette had two assists for the Avalanche, who won for the seventh time in their last eight games to move within six points of Calgary for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Colorado netminder Peter Budaj stopped 31 shots, including all 11 he faced in the decisive third period.

Bill Thomas, Shane Doan and Jeremy Roenick each scored and Curtis Joseph gave up six goals on 31 shots for the Coyotes, who have dropped seven of their last eight games.

With the score tied at 3-3 after two periods of play, Guite blocked a Coyotes' shot at the blue line, skated in alone on Joseph and fired top-shelf at the 3:37 mark of the third period to put Colorado in front.

Phoenix then had several golden opportunities to net the equalizer throughout the period, but Budaj repeatedly had an answer.

Richardson then beat Joseph with a wrister with 1:16 remaining to hand the Avs a two-goal cushion and Stastny followed just 25 seconds later with his second tally of the game.

Stastny scored his first goal at the 9:42 mark of the opening period when he one-timed a feed from Sakic for the power play. Less than three minutes later, Sakic registered his 29th goal of the season to hand the Avs a 2-0 lead.

Phoenix, though, responded with three straight goals to surge in front. The Coyotes got going with 1:48 left in the first period when Matt Jones left a drop pass at the right point for Thomas, who beat Budaj top-shelf to cut Phoenix's deficit in half.

Then, just over five minutes into the middle stanza and Phoenix on the power play, Doan fired a one-timer from the high slot past Budaj to tie it at 2-2. With 6:03 left before the second intermission, Roenick poked home a rebound to put the Coyotes in front.

However, just 25 seconds later, Sakic answered with his second goal of the game and 30th of the season to tie it at 3-3.

Game Notes

Stastny has recorded 11 goals and 18 assists over the course of his current streak...Mats Sundin holds the Avs record of 30 straight games with a point, accomplished when the club during the 1992-93 season when the club was in Quebec.

03/18 01:06:46 ET


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