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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Colorado



(Friday, January 26th)

Final Score: Phoenix 5, Colorado 4 (SO)

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Yanic Perreault scored a pair of goals in the third period to rally his team from a two-goal deficit and Ladislav Nagy had the lone shootout tally, as Phoenix fought back to top Colorado, 5-4, at the Pepsi Center.

Curtis Joseph came up big in both overtime and the shootout and finished with 23 saves for Phoenix, which won for the first time in 11 tries in Colorado.

Antti Laaksonen had a goal and an assist while Jordan Leopold scored his first marker of the season for the Avalanche, who had won two straight prior to the All-Star break. Peter Budaj stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced.

Perreault scored two goals in a span of 1:02 in the third period to knot the contest at 4-4. The first came on a rush at the 8:15 mark, as Perreault fired the disc past Budaj from between the circles. The center then knocked a Zbynek Michalek shot out of midair and past the netminder to tie it and force over time.

After the extra session went scoreless and the first three participants of the shootout were denied, Nagy took the ice and beat Budaj with a wrister from between the circles.

Joe Sakic had a chance to extend the shootout, but Joseph came up with a pad save to end the contest.

"It was an exciting night and we look forward to going back home to face Pittsburgh," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky.

Leopold netted a shorthanded tally 5:20 into the contest to put Colorado in front. Leopold released a shot from near the point, and the puck caromed off a defender's stick before slipping past Joseph.

Phoenix scored the equalizer with 45 seconds remaining in the opening stanza, as Steven Reinprecht picked up a loose disc in front and punched it into the open right side of the net to make it 1-1.

The Avs, though, responded with two straight tallies to move in front 3-1. Colorado scored its second shorthanded marker of the night 2:40 into the second, as Laaksonen moved into the left circle and fired a quick wrister that beat Joseph short side. Brett McLean pounced on a loose puck in front moments later and punched it home to give his team a two-goal cushion.

Phoenix cut its deficit to one midway through the second courtesy of Owen Nolan's 12th goal of the year, but the Avs again had an answer, as Sakic redirected an Andrew Brunette shot in front with 1:32 left in the period to make it 4-2.

"We had a two-goal lead and we gave it up," Laaksonen said.

Game Notes

Colorado had won seven straight in this series and is 10-2-2 (two ties) over its last 14 matchups with the Coyotes. Phoenix was also winless in its last 10 visits to Denver, suffering nine losses and a tie during that stretch...The Coyotes' last victory at the Pepsi Center came on October 30, 2000.

01/27 00:38:10 ET


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