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Recap: Avalanche upended in overtime by Arizona 4-3

Colorado earns their first loser point of the season.

Colorado Avalanche v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche brought their four-game win streak on the road for the first of three matchups in the west. First up the surprising Arizona Coyotes who are in the wild card race and always play tough. Tonight was no exception as Arizona prevailed 4-3 in overtime.

The Game

It was a rather uneventful first period with the teams trading a few chances and then they alternated power plays as well. Arizona came up empty on theirs but Colorado cashed in on their opportunity as with 29 seconds left to go in the period Cale Makar rifled a beauty from the blue line past Connor Ingram to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Arizona got an early momentum change off of an early goal in the second frame. The Coyotes fourth line worked to the front of the net and got a tip into the net to get on the board at 3:03 from Travis Boyd. The tie game wouldn’t last long, however, as Miles Wood executed a rare power move less than two minutes later to force the puck into the cage and the Avalanche lead was restored.

After the Avalanche took the rest of the period a bit too casually Arizona earned another power play and this time converted on it as the Coyotes executed a very quick play and Nick Schmaltz was the beneficiary at 16:22. The game was tied again and this time it continued on into the second intermission.

The third period is when the Avalanche trailed for the first time when Michael Carcone beat out Josh Manson on an icing and then got a wrap-around goal on Alexandar Georgiev at 1:08. It took until 11:04 for the Avalanche to find the equalizer as Nathan MacKinnon finally potted his first power play goal of the season following a Manson fight with former Colorado organizational player Liam O’Brien.

The Avalanche did enough to hold on for a point and get the game into overtime. But it was several tepid shift which led to the Coyotes getting a power play. Despite Georgiev standing all for the two minutes the Coyotes scored the winning goal at 4:39 from Nick Bjugstad which actually went off Makar soon after for the 4-3 victory in the desert.

Takeaways

Why not distract yourself from the loss and enjoy this goalie goal from the Penguins win over the Lightning courtesy of Tristan Jarry?

Colorado has always had a tough time with Arizona and tonight was no exception. While there was ample room to make plays the Coyotes disrupt just enough and also don’t quit working on their chances. The Avalanche did enough to grind out a point but will have to solve the Coyotes who they see two more times before the end of the year.

The lineup is starting to get top heavy again with each of MacKinnon, Rantanen and Nichushkin playing over 25 minutes each in this contest. Obviously overtime adds to those totals but when Ryan Johansen is playing under 12 minutes like he did tonight it’s an indication of an imbalance which leads to overuse problems like it did last season.

Upcoming

The trip continues as the Avalanche head to California for the first on a back-to-back weekend against the Anaheim Ducks at 8 p.m. MT on Saturday night.