The Avalanche extended their club-record home win streak to 13 games with a Friday night shootout win over the rebuilding and shorthanded Arizona Coyotes.
Colorado center Nazem Kadri scored the only goal in the shootout in a 4-3 win to start a home-and-away set against Arizona. Avs goalkeeper Pavel Francouz saved all three shots in the shootout and 23 in 3-on-3 overtime.
The last team to win 13 consecutive home games was the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018.
Tied 2-2 after two periods, Arizona defenseman Shane Gostisbere and Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky traded goals within 29 seconds of the first 1:08 of the third period.
The Coyotes arrived in Denver with a Western Conference low of 19 points and a .279 win percentage. Missing were goaltender Scott Wedgwood and four defensemen, as well as two coaches, including head coach Andre Turigny, a former Aves assistant under Patrick Roy. They also have four injured players.
The Aves, who for various reasons also lost to four players, scored the first two goals of the game, and many probably thought that Arizona was already counting on Saturday’s rematch in Glendale, Arizona. But seasoned forward Clayton Keller had an impressive performance against the best. a pair of Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews scored a short-handed goal, and the Coyotes were within 2-1.
From that moment until the end of the second period, “Avs” delivered a lot of shots, but most of all, right in the chest to goalkeeper Ivan Prosvetov. He had 31 saves on 33 shots in 40 minutes to tie the score at 2.
Arizona scored a tie stick goal from Johan Larsson, who beat Francouz with a right-handed wrist shot 6:12 into the second period.
Colorado took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Mikko Rantanen (4:36) and Tyson Jost (12:03). Both came from the rebounds of Toews and Curtis McDermid, respectively.
McDermid was partly to blame for giving Arizona a two-minute 5-on-3 power play at 14:06 seconds. In response to Ilya Lyubushkin’s check against the boards on Keila Makar, McDermid took rough and unsportsmanlike minors, which for too many men coincided with the bench minor. But a poor penalty kill in Colorado (72%, third in the league) killed him.
Avs are 14-0-1 in their last 15 Ball Arena games and 31-2-2 in their last 35 home matches since March 10, 2021 (35-3-2 including playoffs).
Footnotes. Avs left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog missed his third game while on COVID protocol. On Monday, he tested positive. He could potentially return to the roster on Saturday in Arizona. Colorado’s other scratches were forward Darren Helm (injury) and defenseman Beau Byram (voluntary leave). … After the game, the Avs were supposed to go to Phoenix.