Andre Burakovsky scored with 1:31 remaining in overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday at Pepsi Center.
Burakovsky tallied the game-winner for a second-straight contest after also doing it on Thursday against the Boston Bruins. The Avs improved to 4-0-0 on the year, sweeping their season-opening homestand.
After a scoreless first two periods, Nazem Kadri and Tyson Jost scored in the third frame to give Colorado a 2-0 lead, but the Coyotes rallied to force extra time with markers from Michael Grabner and Nick Schmaltz.
The Avs' Cale Makar finished with two assists, while goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 34 shots in his first career NHL start.
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6:57 COL (1-0) - PPG, The puck rebounded off goalie Antti Raanta and found Nazem Kadri open in front. Kadri then roofed a shot into the net for his first goal with the Avs.
8:46 COL (2-0) - Tyson Jost whacked in a rebound in front for his first tally of the season. Cale Makar had the original shot and recorded his second assist in less than a two-minute span.
9:27 ARI (2-1) - Michael Grabner found twine on a wrist shot from the right circle.
16:03 ARI (2-2) - Nick Schmaltz took a pass in the slot and scored on a near-side shot.
3:29 COL (3-2) - Andre Burakovsky drove to the net and fired a shot top shelf from in close to end the game.
Final: Avalanche - 3 | Coyotes - 2 (Overtime)
- Pavel Francouz (COL): Won his first NHL game after making 34 saves
- Cale Makar (COL): Recorded his first career multi-point game with two assists
- Andre Burakovsky (COL): Scored the game-winning goal in overtime
Selected by Colorado Hockey Coach of the Game: Ally Murphy (Littleton Hockey Association)
Colorado: 1 for 4
Arizona: 0 for 3
Colorado: Pavel Francouz made his first-ever NHL start and finished with 34-of-36 saves. He stopped the first 27 shots he faced.
Arizona: Antti Raanta made his season debut and denied 29 shots.
GIRLS HOCKEY NGIHT
The Avalanche recognized girls and women that play and love the game of hockey throughout Saturday's game.
Michele Amidon, the Avs' NHL Female Ambassador, dropped the puck in a ceremonial faceoff before the game while members of Team Colorado's 19U girls hockey team lined up beside her. Amidon is a two-time gold medalist for Team USA at the IIHF Women's World Championship and won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics.
In addition, Bailey Barrett was the Youth Skater of the Game, Altitude Sports' Lauren Jbara was the public address announcer while sisters Lauren Lewakowski and Lindsey O'Donnell performed the national anthem.
Girls from the 8U Mini Avs also saw some ice time as they had a short scrimmage during the first intermission.
Video: ARI@COL: Amidon takes part in ceremonial puck drop
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Point Maker Makar: Cale Makar recorded two assists and has now recorded helpers in each of the team's four games this year. He is the first defenseman in franchise history to open his career with points in his first four regular-season contests. Makar's two assists also marked his first-ever multi-point game in the NHL.
The Avalanche finished its season-opening homestand with a 4-0-0 record, it's second best mark to open a campaign in Avs history (since 1995-96) since beginning 6-0-0 in 2013-14… The Avalanche's four straight wins at home to begin a season is its most since 2009-10 (6-0-0)… The four-game homestand was the longest to begin a campaign in franchise history… Colorado is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the NHL (Edmonton, 5-0-0)… The Avalanche has won 10 straight regular-season games at Pepsi Center dating back to last season, which matches the franchise record for consecutive home wins at any point… Nazem Kadri tallied his first goal with the Avalanche… Andre Burakovsky's scored his second career overtime goal… Pavel Francouz picked up his first NHL win… Colorado has scored a power-play goal in all four games this season and is now 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) in 2019-20… Arizona's Phil Kessel played in his 1,000th career NHL game.
Pavel Francouz on his nerves before the game: "I was thinking about it since the morning, you have it somewhere in the back of your head. I was expecting to be more nervous actually. Once the puck dropped I was trying to be as focused as possible and trying to flow with the game."
Nazem Kadri tallies goal No. 1 with the Avalanche.
Video: ARI@COL: Kadri nets PPG for first with Avalanche
IMAGE OF THE GAME
Tyson Jost pumps his fist after scoring his first goal of the campaign and extending Colorado's lead to 2-0.
Goaltender Pavel Francouz made his first career NHL start… Other than in net, the Avs used the same lineup as they did on Thursday against the Boston… Kevin Connauton, J.T. Compher (lower body) and Vladislav Kamenev were scratched.
J.T. Compher missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury… Ian Cole has been a full participant at practice but has yet to see game action. However, he has been cleared to play after having offseason surgery on both of his hips.
The Avalanche now heads out for its first road trip of the season. It is a season-long, six-game trip that begins with a 3 p.m. MT game on Monday at the Washington Capitals. Colorado will also visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues and Vegas Golden Knights from Oct. 14-25.
Based on start of the game
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
72 Joonas Donskoi- 91 Nazem Kadri - 95 Andre Burakovsky
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 22 Colin Wilson
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 8 Cale Makar
27 Ryan Graves - 44 Mark Barberio
39 Pavel Francouz
31 Philipp Grubauer