NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Phoenix
(Thursday, November 13th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Branko Radivojevic's overtime goal finished off an impressive comeback and handed the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at America West Arena.
Brian Savage and Ladislav Nagy also scored for the Coyotes, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period for just their second win in 12 games (2-6-3-1). Sean Burke stopped 27-of-29 shots in regulation and was untested in the extra session.
Colorado welcomed Paul Kariya back to the lineup, but had a five-game (4-0-1) unbeaten streak snapped. Kariya had been sidelined since spraining his right wrist in the fifth game of the season. He finished with one shot.
Joe Sakic and Rob Blake scored for the Avalanche, who slowed down after firing 23 shots on Burke over the first two periods.
Phil Sauve stopped 22 shots in net for the Avs, but couldn't block the last one he face. Radivojevic's rebound off a point shot beat the young netminder five-hole just 1:51 into the extra period.
The goal ended Colorado's five game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak against the Coyotes.
Phoenix didn't actually get on the board until midway through the third period after Sauve, who had been performing flawlessly until that point, mishandled the puck behind his net. Defenseman Chris McAllister was unable to help his goaltender, and the disk ended up in front, where Savage scored his first of the season to pull Phoenix within a goal.
Nagy's wrister from the left point then knotted the score with 7:56 remaining in regulation. It was a lift for a Phoenix squad that looked beaten through two periods.
Sakic's quick release got the Avalanche on the board late in the first, as he scored from the right circle with 2:10 remaining in the opening period. Alex Tanguay added to his league-leading assists total with his 18th helper of the season.
The game remained 1-0 until nearly six minutes into the second period when Blake's fourth of the season made it a two-goal Colorado advantage. He was the recipient of Sakic's faceoff win, slapping a shot past Burke just three seconds into a power play.
The home team in this series is 9-2-2 in the last 13 meetings. Colorado, is just 3-5-2-1 in its last 11 trips to the desert...Avs center Peter Forsberg missed the game with a groin injury...Colorado placed forward Brad Larsen on injured reserve, retroactive to November 9, with a groin injury.
11/13 23:57:20 ET