Coyotes rally, hand Avalanche first loss in eight games

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Goligoski, Phil Kessel and Lawson Crouse each had a goal and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes handed the Colorado Avalanche their first loss in eight games with a 5-4 shootout win at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.

Adin Hill made 35 saves for the Coyotes (14-14-5), who were 1-4-2 in their previous seven games. All three Arizona shooters — Nick Schmaltz, Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak — scored in the shootout.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche (20-8-3). Jonas Johansson made 28 saves in his Colorado debut after being acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

MacKinnon, who has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) during a seven-game point streak, gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with a one-timer from the high slot with 11 seconds remaining in the second period.

Valeri Nichushkin pushed the lead to 4-2 at 5:28 of the third, but Crouse cut it to 4-3 at 6:38 on a rebound.

Kessel tied it 4-4 at 8:41, scoring from a sharp angle off the right pad of Johansson for his second goal in 13 games.

Jakob Chychrun‘s wrist shot from just inside the blue line gave Arizona a 1-0 lead at 1:25 of the first period. 

Goligoski then scored on the Coyotes third shot of the game to make it 2-0 at 4:52. It was his first goal since Feb. 6, 2020 (47 games). 

Landeskog cut it to 2-1 at 14:47 of the first when he kicked the puck to his stick to score off his own rebound on a power play. Rantanen tied it 2-2 by cutting to the net and scoring on MacKinnon’s backhand pass at 18:49.

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