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Avalanche score seven, top Coyotes in Game 4, pad West First Round lead

Limit Arizona to 15 shots, on verge of winning series

by Rick Sadowski / Independent Correspondent

Kadri's second PPG of game

COL@ARI, Gm4: Kadri cleans up in front on power play

R1, Gm4: Nathan MacKinnon is stopped by Darcy Kuemper, but the rebound goes right to Nazem Kadri, who puts it in for his second power-play goal

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Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist for the Colorado Avalanche in a 7-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.

The Avalanche, the No. 2 seed, can win the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series in Game 5 in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Wednesday (5:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHLN, ALT, FS-A, FS-A PLUS).

Colorado has a 3-1 lead in a best-of-7 series for the 13th time; it won 10 of the previous 12 series, seven in Game 5. Arizona, the No. 7 seed, has not won any of its previous six series when trailing 3-1.

"We have to be hungry for Game 5," Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon said. "We have to play desperate like we're down a game. We have to be ready to close them out in Game 5."


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Cale Makar, Matt Calvert and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer saved 14 of 15 shots for the Avalanche.

Kadri has nine points (four goals, five assists) in seven postseason games. It was his first multigoal playoff game.

"I just try to come to play and compete every single night, that's what good pros do," Kadri said. "I didn't have my best game last game and I just wanted to give it everything I had. Got a couple nice breaks early. That makes the rest of the game a little bit easier."

Video: COL@ARI, Gm4: Landeskog sets up Kadri's PPG

Jakob Chychrun scored, and Darcy Kuemper saved 18 of 22 shots before Antti Raanta (five saves) relieved in the third period for the Coyotes.

Arizona was limited to 15 shots on goal. The Coyotes had 14 shots losing Game 1 3-0, one of 57 times a team had 14 or fewer in a postseason game (since 1959-60).

"We knew going into the series that our goaltender was going to have to play the way he's been playing, and we were going to have to be absolutely hitting on cylinders," Arizona forward Derek Stepan said. "Tonight we got a free lesson on what playoff hockey's really like when you don't come to play and you don't get yourself ready to execute."

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at 14:07 of the first period on a goal by Matt Nieto. Calvert passed across on a 2-on-1 and the puck went in off Nieto's skate.

"We were hungry," Calvert said. "We had so many chances in Game 3 (a 4-2 loss despite 51 shots). It was nice to get that early one and we just kept going from there. Full team effort tonight, and we were having some fun out there scoring some big goals."

Video: COL@ARI, Gm4: Calvert's pass goes in off Nieto

Kadri made it 2-0 at 16:07 on a power play when he put in a loose puck after Rantanen's point shot went off Gabriel Landeskog's stick.

Kadri increased the lead to 3-0 at 19:39 on a power play when he scored off the rebound of MacKinnon's shot.

The Avalanche were 2-for-7 on power plays after going 1-for-9 in the first three games.

"It's obviously not good enough to come out like that when it's a 2-1 series and we have the chance to tie the series and it's a big game for us," Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson said. "Obviously not good enough. We've got to do a better job defending and helping our goalies out. We kind of left them out to dry there."

The Avalanche made it 4-0 at 11:37 of the second period. Joonas Donskoi scored on a 2-on-1 rush with Andre Burakovsky.

The Coyotes pulled to 4-1 at 13:31 on Chychrun's point shot, their first power-play goal of the series.

Makar made it 5-1 at 0:19 of the third period, skating by Alex Goligoski in the slot. Makar scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and used his speed to get into the Coyotes end before moving around Goligoski and beating Raanta with the first shot he faced.

"We know how guys like Cale and MacKinnon can skate," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "It's a big goal because it's the start of the third period and it kind of took the wind out of their sails."

Video: COL@ARI, Gm4: Makar goes coast-to-coast for goal

Calvert scored off MacKinnon's pass at 2:57 for a 6-1 lead, and Rantanen tipped Erik Johnson's shot at 16:24 to make it 7-1.

"We were skating and supporting the puck well," Bednar said. "There was good work ethic too, good pace to it, and we ended up earning some power plays and capitalized on them."

Arizona forward Conor Garland left in the second period with an undisclosed injury, and Burakovsky left in the third after blocking a shot. Colorado forward Vladislav Namestnikov and Arizona forward Nick Schmaltz were ruled unfit to play before the game.

As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

NOTES: This was the fourth time a team scored at least seven goals in a playoff game while also allowing 15 or fewer shots. The Philadelphia Flyers defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2 on May 2, 2004 (11 shots); the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 13-3 on April 9, 1987 (14 shots); and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 7-0 on April 7, 1984 (15 shots). … This was the fifth time since relocating to Colorado in 1995 that the Avalanche have scored at least seven goals in a playoff game; they did it four times as the Quebec Nordiques. … It's the most goals the Avalanche have scored in a playoff game since an 8-2 win against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Semifinals on May 4, 2002.

Video: Avs erupt for seven goals in Game 4 win vs. Coyotes

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