Avalanche shut out Coyotes in Game 1 of Western First Round


Philipp Grubauer made 14 saves for the Colorado Avalanche, who scored three goals in 1:23 in the third period in a 3-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday.

Mikko Rantanen, J.T. Compher and Nazem Kadri scored for the Avalanche, the No. 2 seed in the West, who were 2-0-1 in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves for the Coyotes, the No. 7 seed in the West after winning their best-of-5 series against the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in four games.

Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series.

Game 2 is in Edmonton, the hub city in the West, on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, ALT, FS-A, FS-A PLUS).

Kadri gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 13:05 of the third period on a power play, converting the rebound of Cale Makar‘s shot.

Compher made it 2-0 at 13:15 with a backhand in the slot.

Rantanen increased the lead to 3-0 at 14:28. He skated to the net to put in a pass from Nathan MacKinnon.

Arizona forward Nick Schmaltz was 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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