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Colorado 3, Arizona 2
When: 2:00 PM ET, Friday, August 14, 2020
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Brad Meier, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Pierre Racicot, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 0

Andre Burakovsky scored the go-ahead goal with 2:53 remaining in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday afternoon in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series in Edmonton.

Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost also scored and Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who have secured a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 3 in the series is Saturday.

Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner replied for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper turned aside 25 shots in the defeat.

With the game tied at 2 late in the third period, Nazem Kadri threw the puck at the net from the sideboards. Burakovsky was alone in front and one-timed it past Kuemper.

MacKinnon opened the scoring just 3:40 into the game. Captain Gabriel Landeskog stripped the puck from Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers in the neutral zone and dished it to MacKinnon, who streaked in and wired a shot past Kuemper.

The Coyotes got that back at 16:49 of the first period. Keller made the initial shot and got another jab on Grubauer before the puck squirted out behind the goaltender. With Coyotes sniper Derek Stepan closing in, Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard inadvertently pushed the puck into his own net.

The Avalanche secured the lead again with Jost deflecting defenseman Cale Makar's shot from the point at 3:37 of the second period.

Grabner forged a tie less than two minutes later after skating in from the corner and firing a hard shot past Grubauer. Vinnie Hinostroza didn't get an assist on the play but he caused enough traffic in front of Grubauer to help ensure the puck went in the net.

Midway through the third, Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun rang one off the post in his bid to take the lead. The action was quick and end-to-end through the third period and it wasn't until the 17:07 mark that the Avalanche broke the tie.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Arizona   Colorado
Michael Grabner 1 Points Andre Burakovsky 1
Michael Grabner 1 Goals Andre Burakovsky 1
Jordan Oesterle 1 Assists Matt Calvert 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Darcy Kuemper .893 Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer .938
Darcy Kuemper 25 Saves Philipp Grubauer 30
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Arizona 32 2 0-4 4-4 8 27
Colorado 28 3 0-4 4-4 8 29
Upcoming Games
  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against Arizona. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .659 after a win and .517 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .394 after a win and .541 after a loss.