Avalanche withstand late Coyotes rally

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DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Arizona Coyotes for a 4-2 win at Ball Arena on Monday.

Mikko Rantanen scored two goals, Cale Makar had two assists, and Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for Colorado (29-9-4), which is 16-1-2 in its past 19 games.

Johan Larsson and Michael Bunting scored in the third period, and Ivan Prosvetov made 16 saves in his first NHL start for Arizona (19-19-5), which has lost four straight after winning six of its previous seven games.

Conor Garland appeared to score for the Coyotes at 11:30 of the first period, but Avalanche coach Jared Bednar challenged the play for goaltender interference, and the call was overturned after it was determined that Larsson made contact with Grubauer’s pad.

Brandon Saad then gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 12:17 with a backhand from the right hash marks over Prosvetov’s glove.

MacKinnon made it 2-0 at 9:08 of the second period with a one-timer from the left circle off a pass from Makar on the power play. MacKinnon has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) during his point streak.

Rantanen increased the lead to 3-0 at 18:03. Makar skated behind the net and passed to MacKinnon, who fed Rantanen in the slot for a shot that deflected in off the leg of Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Bunting made it 3-1 with a redirection on the power play at 10:42 of the third period. It was his sixth goal in eight games this season.

Larsson cut it to 3-2 at 13:16, skating down the slot after corralling a loose puck and beating Grubauer over his blocker.

Rantanen scored into an empty net with 1:57 left for the 4-2 final. 

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