Avalanche defeat Coyotes in Game 2 of Western First Round, extend lead


Andre Burakovsky scored with 2:53 remaining in the third period for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday.

Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for the Avalanche, the No. 2 seed in the West.

Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner Keller scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves for the Coyotes, the No. 7 seed in the West.

Game 3 is in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city, on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN360, TVAS, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, ALT).

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at 3:40 of the first period when MacKinnon skated down left wing after a Coyotes turnover and shot far side.

The Coyotes tied it 1-1 at 16:49. Taylor Hall skated down the left side and passed in the slot to Keller, whose rebound was put in by Colorado’s Samuel Girard.

Colorado went ahead 2-1 at 3:37 of the second period when Jost tipped Cale Makar‘s point shot.

Arizona tied it 2-2 at 5:06. Grabner chased down a loose puck, skated from the right corner and shot from the lower near circle.

Colorado forward Joonas Donskoi and Arizona forward Nick Schmaltz were ruled unfit to play; as part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

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