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Overtime penalties cost Coyotes in loss to Avalanche

Nov 22, 2013, 2:28 AM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche won a back-and-forth contest against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, needing overtime to do so.

Ryan O’Reilly scored on the power play with less than a minute remaining in the extra frame to earn the 4-3 win for Colorado, after the Avalanche coughed up the lead in the third period, fell behind and then had to score late to force overtime.

O’Reilly’s winner came with Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle serving a slashing penalty called in the overtime.

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal was also called for charging with 28 seconds remaining in the third period. That Colorado power play carried over into the five-minute session, but the Avalanche couldn’t capitalize.

The two late penalties were key discussion points with Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett afterward.

Thursday was a tough night, physically, for some members of the Avalanche.

O’Reilly had four stitches thanks to a cut above his left eye, according to NHL.com, while defenseman Andre Benoit had to get repairs after taking a puck to the face in the second period.

Benoit returned to the game a short time later, scoring his first goal of the season. He added two assists for a three-point night.

  1. polegojim - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    True, the Yotes made mistakes… but maybe a better way to look at it is:

    “Avalanche prove they’re for real by taking advantage of Coyotes mistakes.”

    The Avs didn’t get goals for just having power plays, they earned them when they should have.

    Very proud of the effort and their finish.

  2. jernster21 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Character win by the Avs. The goal by the yotes at the end of the 2nd was a dagger, gave them all the momentum in the 3rd and they pretty much dominated us to go up 3-2. Huge goal by Cody McLeod to get it tied up and get us to overtime to at least get us a point and some stupid penalties by the yotes in the 3rd. To say Hanzal got called for charging for being a big guy is just silly. It’s actually the first time, probably ever, that I’ve seen, a proper charging call was made without a guy having to get stretchered off the ice.

    • jernster21 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Stupid penalties in Overtime by the yotes, rather.

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