The Avalanche’s 18-game win streak at home has officially come to an end in their 3-2 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes tonight. What an absolutely insane run for the Avs at Ball Arena. They were so close to pushing this streak to 19 but the Coyotes fought a tough battle.
After a slow, penalty-ridden first period, Nazem Kadri started the scoring with an Avalanche goal about 3 minutes into the second period. Kadri waited for the perfect shot and collected his 60th point (19th goal) of the season:
10 minutes after that, and I can’t even be too mad, Alex Galchenyuk tied the game with his first goal of the season. If y’all have been here since way back you know I just want good things for Alex Galchenyuk so, you go Alex:
The Avs did not let this tie go past the second period though. Mikko Rantanen scored his 24th of the season with just 43 seconds remaining in the period.
The Avalanche did well to hold that 2-1 lead for as long as they could, alas a Coyotes goal from Lawson Crouse with just 37 seconds remaining in the game sent this one to OT.
OT itself ended up being a whirlwind. The Avs were the more dominant team despite being on the PK after Val Nichushkin was called for tripping. I was praying to the Hockey Gods that Erik Johnson would end this one on a shorty but neither side could get anything past these goalies and we saw this one go to the shootout.
Only one goal was scored in the shootout, guess who by? That’s right, Alex Galchenyuk.
Every other shot was saved or missed on both sides of the ice so the Coyotes walked away with the W here. The first team to beat the Avalanche in Denver since the Columbus Blue Jackets did on November 3rd, 2021 (CBJ won 5-4 in OT). This loss did end a 10-game win streak for the Avs as well but they at least escaped with a point. The last time they even lost in regulation was back on December 16th against the Predators. Since then, the Avs have gone 15-0-2. It sucks that that shootout L is how the Avalanche are going into their All-Star break. Their next game isn’t until February 10th, at home, against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Regardless, that streak is something for this team to be real proud of. Maybe they’ll be able to get a little one going when they get back on the other side of this 9-day break.
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