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Final Look: Coyotes Shine to Shutout Colorado

Darcy Kuemper pitches a 33-save shutout while Dvorak, Kessel, and Garland provide offensive support

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES SHINE TO SHUTOUT COLORADO

The Coyotes set the tone early with a compelling and well-executed start en route to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in front of a sellout crowd of 17,125 at Gila River Arena on Saturday night.

Darcy Kuemper turned away all 33 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season, the 17th of his NHL career, and his seventh with the Coyotes.

A combination of clean entries, sharp passing, run-and-gun transition, and puck possession sustained with support led the Coyotes to build a two-goal lead in the opening frame.

The power play struck for the game's opening goal; Christian Dvorak swatted home a rebound after establishing front-net position to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the contest.

With just over four minutes remaining in the first, Barrett Hayton and Phil Kessel connected for arguably the Coyotes' prettiest goal of the season thus far. Kessel found the back of the net from a tight angle after receiving an in-between-the-legs pass from Hayton.

Conor Garland gave the Coyotes a 3-0 lead in the late stages of the second period, scoring his team-leading seventh goal of the season after depositing a Nick Schmaltz back-door feed into an open net.

With his secondary assist on Garland's goal, Alex Goligoski now has points in three-straight games and extended his point streak against the Avalanche to six games. He leads all Coyotes defensemen with nine points (1G, 8A).

Jordan Oesterle played 16:00 in his return to the lineup after missing six games due to injury; he registered an assist on Kessel's goal.

Arizona's penalty kill was perfect, keeping Colorado's power play silent on all four of its man advantage opportunities.

With the win, the Coyotes improved to 8-2-1 over their last 11 games.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #13: ARIZONA (3) vs. COLORADO (0)

  • SOG: ARI - 28, COL - 33
  • PP: ARI - 1/2, COL - 0/4

ARIZONA SCORING:

COLORADO SCORING:

  • None

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THEY SAID IT

"Kuemps was solid, he was excellent, he was a star. [Colorado] had three or four power plays in a row [in the second period] and that was tough for us. That's a good power play, and he was there."

Rick Tocchet, on Darcy Kuemper's shutout performance

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes leading, 2-0, with 7:57 to play in the second period.

Darcy Kuemper stood tall in the second period, a period in which the Coyotes were out-shot by a 17-3 margin after they spent the majority of the first half of the frame on the penalty kill.

As the Coyotes scrambled to kill their third consecutive minor penalty of the period, Kuemper came up with a pair of magnificent saves to keep the Avalanche off the scoreboard.

His first denial on Andre Burakovsky, and his follow-up save seconds later on Nazem Kadri.

On both instances, Kuemper showcased great lateral movement while utilizing his shoulders to cut off the top of the net.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes leading, 1-0, with 4:08 remaining in the first period.

Barrett Hayton clicked with his new linemates immediately.

Hayton's puck distribution was dynamic throughout the evening, and his most impressive pass set up Phil Kessel's third goal of the season.

Low along the boards to retrieve a puck, Hayton fed Kessel with a pass through his legs with his back to the play. With quick instincts, Kessel buried Hayton's pass to beat Pavel Francouz from a tight angle to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead late in the first period.

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PHOTO FINISH

Antti Raanta congratulates Darcy Kuemper with a hug after the final horn on Saturday night. Kuemper stopped all 33 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall / Getty Images)

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