Avalanche defeat Coyotes in Game 5, win Western First Round series


Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 in Game 5 to win their Western Conference First Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday.

Nazem Kadri scored twice, J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist, and Phillip Grubauer made 23 saves for the Avalanche, the No. 2 seed in the West.

Colorado will play the second-lowest remaining seed in the second round.

Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes, the No. 7 seed. Darcy Kuemper allowed six goals on 30 shots before being replaced at the start of the third period by Antti Raanta, who made five saves.

Kadri gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 4:39 of the first period on a power play, scoring glove side from the slot off a pass from Gabriel Landeskog.

Samuel Girard made it 2-0 at 8:29 with a power-play goal from the point, and Kadri extended the lead to 3-0 at 18:32 when he beat Kuemper five-hole on a breakaway.

MacKinnon converted on a one-timer from the right circle at 9:51 of the second period to make it 4-0 before scoring a power-play goal 58 seconds later to push the lead to 5-0.

Nikita Zadorov redirected MacKinnon’s pass at the top of crease to make it 6-0 at 18:16

Keller got Arizona on the board to make it 6-1 at 6:51 of the third period on a redirection, but Compher scored on a turnover at 15:19 for the 7-1 final.

Arizona forwards Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz, and Colorado forward Vladislav Namestnikov were ruled unfit to play.

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