The Avalanche was finally forced to overtime Saturday night at the Pepsi Center, but it stayed undefeated with a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes.
Andre Burakovsky went top-shelf with 91 seconds left in overtime as Colorado improved to 4-0-0 for the season. Burakovsky scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game.
Avs goalie Pavel Francouz made his first NHL start and picked up the win. Nazem Kadri notched his first point, scoring on the power play early in the third period. Colorado got its insurance less than two minutes later when Tyson Jost slammed home a loose puck for his first point of the year.
But the Coyotes quickly answered back with a slick shot by Michael Grabner and another from Nick Schmaltz to force overtime.
Francouz shined, making 34 saves.
Arizona outskated Colorado for most of Saturday night and outshot 36-32. The Avs’ man advantage to score their fifth power-play goal of the year, the first Arizona has allowed, started a goal-scoring flurry. For 46½ minutes, Antti Rannta and Francouz traded saves, and then in 2½ minutes, three goals were netted.
The Coyotes were not done. Schmaltz capitalized a sound rush with several strong passes to tie the game at two with less than four minutes to go. He took a pretty cross-ice serve from Clayton Keller and beat Francouz short-side.
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Less than a minute later, Jakob Chychrun had a poor clear that put him in the box, but the Avalanche did nothing with the late power play.
The game went to overtime, where Burakovsky was again the hero.