NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Phoenix
(Friday, November 28th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Colorado 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Mikael Tellqvist made 37 saves to help lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Derek Morris and Kevin Porter each scored a goal for the Coyotes, who have won their last two games on the heels of a six-game losing streak.
"Big four points, we needed those four points the last two games," said Tellqvist. "We battled hard and to get the two points is real important to us."
Ryan Smyth scored the lone goal while Peter Budaj gave up two goals on 20 shots for the Avalanche, who have dropped four of their last six games.
"I think we played a very solid game from the beginning to the end," said Budaj. "Not to take away from Phoenix, but I think we outplayed them in every way. I think we had more shots, more chances, we had the puck more on our sticks."
The Coyotes got on the board early in the first period as Morris swept a shot on net from the right boards that made its way through a screen and past Budaj just 3:33 in.
Tellqvist made seven saves in the first period to keep the Avs off the board.
Porter made it a 2-0 game, backhanding the puck into the net at the 4:49 mark of the second period.
Tellqvist was busy in the middle stanza, stopping 17 shots in the frame to keep the shutout going.
"Tellqvist made some key saves," said Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky. "That's two outstanding games for him. Definitely the difference in both the last two games."
Colorado cut its deficit in half just 4:07 into the third period as Ian Laperriere's pass from the right boards was tipped by Smyth.
The Avs were given an opportunity late in the game as Peter Mueller was called for delay of game after flipping the puck over the glass, but Marek Svatos was called for a high sticking double minor a bit later and the Coyotes held on for the win.
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11/28 19:23:24 ET