GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Gabriel Landeskog said the Colorado Avalanche has felt a bit of a snake in recent weeks, setting up some good offensive opportunities without a lot of goals for them to show.
It changed a lot on Saturday night.
Jacob MacDonald broke a tie with his first goal of the season and the Avalanche scored four times in the third period to beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 and sweep both-game, two-day series.
Nathan MacKinnon, Joonas Donskoi, Tyson Jost and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored, with the Avalanche taking 41 shots on goal. Philipp Grubauer saved 23 shots for the win. It was the most goals scored in a game for Colorado in more of a month.
“We stuck it out and tonight we were rewarded for the hard work,” Landeskog said.
Clayton Keller and Ilya Lyubushkin – with his first NHL goal – scored for Arizona. Antti Raanta made 35 saves.
Colorado won the first game 3-2 on Friday night. The Avalanche knocked out the Coyotes from the playoffs last season in five games.
Arizona got off to a much better offensive start against Colorado than the day before, when they only managed 10 shots in the first two periods. The Coyotes outscored the Avalanche 9-7 in the first and had some good scoring chances, including a Phil Kessel shot that hit the right post and rebounded.
MacKinnon opened the scoring with 7:44 left in the first half when he beat Raanta with a twist in the upper right corner of the net. Raanta only played in his…
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