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Avs Begin Roadtrip With 3-1 Victory In Phoenix

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Marek Svatos scored twice, including the winning goal 1:56 into the third period, to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Rob Blake added a power-play goal for his 600th NHL point and Pierre Turgeon notched three assists for the Avalanche, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mike Johnson scored a power-play goal for the Coyotes, who have lost two of three.

Svatos one-timed a long deflection past goalie Curtis Joseph from the low slot to break a 1-1 tie, seconds after an Avalanche power play expired, for his team-high ninth goal.

Svatos had tied the game at 14:14 of the second period when Turgeon hit the crossbar with a long shot. The rebound bounced off Joseph's back and landed in the crease a foot from the net. Svatos skated in from the right and shoved the puck in before the defense could react.

Blake made it 3-1 with 7:54 left, beating Joseph from the high slot with two seconds left on a Colorado two-man advantage.

Johnson gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead late in the first period, converting on a give-and-go with Ladislav Nagy. Johnson fed the puck to Nagy behind the net, then took the return pass at the bottom of the left circle and beat Peter Budaj from the tight angle at 17:49.

The Coyotes' power play had scored just once in 17 chances over four games before Johnson's goal.

Game notes
Blake is the fifth active NHL defenseman and 29th overall to reach the 600-point mark. ... Johnson was playing in his 500th career game. ... Turgeon, who missed Colorado's 5-2 loss to Edmonton on Monday, moved past Peter Stastny into 27th place on the career assists list with 791. Turgeon is 27th on the NHL points list with 1,291.

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