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MacKinnon's streak ends, Avalanche shut out by Coyotes

Forward had point in 13 straight games; Kuemper makes 33 saves for Arizona

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

Kuemper's 33-save shutout

COL@ARI: Kuemper makes 33 saves in shutout win

Darcy Kuemper stopped all 33 shots he faced against the Avalanche, leading the Coyotes to a 3-0 win with his 17th career shutout

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nathan MacKinnon's 13-game point streak ended when Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves for the Arizona Coyotes in a 3-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

MacKinnon's streak began Oct. 3 in the Avalanche's first game of the season; he has eight goals and 10 assists. It was the longest season-opening streak in the NHL since Henrik Zetterberg had a point in 17 straight games with the Detroit Red Wings from Oct. 3-Nov. 11, 2007.

Pavel Francouz made 25 saves for Colorado (8-4-2), which is winless in four games (0-3-1) after an 8-1-1 start. The Avalanche were 0-for-4 on the power play and outshot 16-7 in the first.


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"Clearly, Arizona's a team that's firing on all cylinders," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "I don't know … we just weren't in the same gear as they were in the first period, that's for sure.

"Sometimes when you talk to your team about stuff, it still takes a little bit longer to figure it out."

Video: COL@ARI: Kessel roofs sharp-angle shot in close

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for Arizona (8-4-1), which is 8-2-1 in its past 11 games. Kuemper has won six of his past seven starts.

"We're just maturing as a group and doing a great job of staying even keel," Kuemper said. "We don't really get too high after a night like this and too low when it doesn't go our way."

Christian Dvorak gave Arizona a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:40 of the first period from the crease off a rebound of Kessel's shot from the point. Jordan Oesterle, returning after being out six games because of an upper-body injury, had the secondary assist.

"We've got to get the puck to Phil on the power play. That's our No. 1 option and he hasn't really been getting it," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "Basically, the game plan was to beat their pressure and get the puck to Phil, and that was a textbook goal. We love those goals."

Kessel made it 2-0 along the goal line off a between-the-legs pass from Barrett Hayton at 15:52 of the first. Kessel has 11 goals in 18 games against Colorado.

"He threw it on the boards, I saw him coming and just floated into that space and obviously he did the rest," said the 19-year-old Hayton, who was moved up to Arizona's top line. "There were some looks that were there and I was able to take advantage of and make some plays."

The Avalanche outshot the Coyotes 17-3 in the second period but failed to score.

"We can't expect to start like that and end up with the result that we want," Colorado forward Matt Nieto said. "We're digging ourselves in a hole early and even if we come on, playing from behind like that is tough to do in this league."

Conor Garland scored on a one-timer from the left face-off circle off Nick Schmaltz's cross-ice pass for a 3-0 lead at 15:52 of the second period. Garland leads the Coyotes with seven goals, all at even strength.

"When we get going, we're a tough team," Kessel said. "We got some good goals, we defended well, and obviously [Kuemper] was great."

Video: COL@ARI: Garland blasts one-timer past Francouz


They said it

"Our start cost us and we couldn't recover. We're beating ourselves and not playing the right way. But we have a good group in here and we're going to battle through it. We'll be just fine." -- Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves

"He's a smart guy who's around the net and makes good plays. He's got the talent, but I think you can't get enough players with hockey IQ, and he's got a very high hockey IQ." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on forward Barrett Hayton

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Need to know

MacKinnon has three goals in 19 games against the Coyotes. … Arizona's 28 goals allowed are the second fewest in the NHL (Boston Bruins, 26). … Hayton has a goal and three assists in his first six NHL games. … The Coyotes are 5-0-0 when they score at least one power-play goal.


What's next

Avalanche: At the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-SW, ALT, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the Edmonton Oilers on Monday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNW, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

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