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Pucks In Deep: A Point Earned

Grabner, Schmaltz score late; Raanta makes 29 saves in his return

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Game #4: Arizona (2) at Colorado (3) F/OT

SOG: ARI - 36, COL - 32

PP: ARI - 0/3, COL - 1/4

ARI SCORING: Grabner (1) (Richardson, Ekman-Larsson) - 9:27/3rd, Schmaltz (2) (Keller, Goligoski) - 16:03/3rd

COL SCORING: Kadri (1) (Makar, MacKinnon) - 6:57/3rd, Jost (1) (Makar, Nieto) - 8:46/3rd, Burakovsky (2) (Rantanen, Girard) - 3:29/OT

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> A POINT EARNED <

Colorado is not an easy place to play.

For reference, the Avalanche are 19-3-1 in their last 23 home games at Pepsi Center.

The Coyotes fought for a point.

They battled without arguably their best stay-at-home defenseman in Niklas Hjalmarsson , who suffered a lower-body injury late in the first period.

They kept a dynamic Avalanche offense in check until the end, and in making his first start since November 27 of last season, a span of nearly 11 months, Antti Raanta stood tall to the task. He kept Colorado without a goal for the first 46:57 of play, making a total of 29 saves on the evening.

They overcame a late two-goal deficit to force overtime, scoring twice in the final half of the third period to tie the game, a comeback initiated by an absolute dart from Michael Grabner .

Target acquired. Spot picked. Sharp shootin'.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson registered his first point of the year with his eagle-eye pass on Grabner's goal to find the speedy forward in open ice.

Nick Schmaltz 's game-tying goal came six minutes later.

Andre Burakovsky's marker with 1:31 remaining in overtime sent the game final. Arizona put forth a gutsy effort to not leave for Winnipeg empty-handed. The Coyotes' record now stands at 1-2-1.

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> THEY SAID IT <

"It was tight all night, there were chances both ways. We got down two but we stuck with it, [Raanta] kept us in it there. Happy to get at least one point."

Nick Schmaltz, summarizing Saturday's game

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> DON'T OVERLOOK IT <

Colorado came into the night hot offensively.

Antti Raanta stopped a number of Grade-A opportunities throughout the evening, showcasing smooth lateral movement and center chest position in his return to the Coyotes' net.

His save on Matt Calvert with just over seven minutes to play in the second period highlighted both of the above characteristics. In reading a cross-ice diagonal pass, Raanta moved swiftly right-to-left and immediately took away Calvert's shooting angle with body positioning to play the high trajectory. Raanta's stop kept the game scoreless.

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> GOTTA SEE IT <

Entering Colorado territory after transitioning up the ice from deep in their own zone late in regulation, Alex Goligoski found a supporting Clayton Keller , who driving across the slot, quickly shoveled over to Nick Schmaltz on the left wing.

Schmaltz, with a quick fake, recoiled for a one-two stickhandle before beating Pavel Francouz to the glove side to tie the game with 3:57 remaining in regulation.

Vision, communication, execution.

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> PHOTO FINISH <

Left pad denial. Antti Raanta stretches to stop Mikko Rantanen's back-door bid in the second period, making one of his 29 saves in Saturday night's 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado at the Pepsi Center. (Photo: Michael Martin / Getty Images)

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