Coyotes defeat Avalanche in Game 3, get first win in Western First Round


Darcy Kuemper made 49 saves, and the Arizona Coyotes got their first win of the Western Conference First Round, 4-2 against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday.

Derek Stepan, Brad Richardson, Taylor Hall and Lawson Crouse scored for the Coyotes, the No. 7 seed in the West.

Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen scored, and Pavel Francouz made 19 saves for the Avalanche, the No. 2 seed.

Game 4 of the best-of-7 series is in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Monday (5:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, ALT).

Arizona took its first lead of the series at 6:29 of the first period on Stepan’s goal. He shot from in front off a pass from Clayton Keller after Francouz lost his stick.

Colorado tied 1-1 at 13:12 of the second period when Burakovsky’s shot from the right point went in off Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski.

Richardson put the Coyotes in front 2-1 at 19:26 with a shot from the left face-off circle.

Hall scored into an empty net with 1:20 left in the third period.

Rantanen scored with 57 seconds left to make it 3-2 with Francouz on the bench for an extra attacker.

Crouse scored into an empty net with five seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

Colorado forward Vladislav Namestnikov 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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