DENVER — Joonas Donskoi scored three goals 7:31 into the first period for the Colorado Avalanche, who extended their point streak to 12 games with a 9-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Ball Arena on Wednesday.
Donskoi’s hat trick is the fastest by an Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques player to begin a game and the eighth fastest in NHL history.
Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and an assist, Andre Burakovsky scored twice, and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists for Colorado (23-8-4), which is 10-0-2 during its streak. Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves.
Michael Bunting scored his first of the season for Arizona (16-15-5), which was beginning a nine-game road trip. Adin Hill allowed four goals on 10 shots before being replaced in the first period by Ivan Prosvetov, who made 23 saves in his NHL debut.
Donskoi gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 4:04 of the first period, putting in the rebound of Tyson Jost‘s shot.
Burakovsky made it 2-0 at 4:31 with a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Nazem Kadri.
Bunting, who was making his season debut, scored 10 seconds later to cut it to 2-1, but Pierre-Edouard Bellemare made it 3-1 at 5:36 with a shot glove side from the left circle.
Donskoi pushed the lead to 4-1 at 6:04, tucking the puck inside the left post from the side of the net. He then completed the hat trick to make it 5-1 at 7:31 with a one-timer from the right hash marks.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play to make it 5-2 at 18:57 of the first.
Conor Garland cut it to 5-3 at 17:45 of the second period, but Landeskog scored 21 seconds later to make it 6-3.
Rantanen extended the lead to 7-3 at 6:05 of the third period with a one-timer on the power play.
Landeskog made it 8-3 at 11:57 before Burakovsky scored on a 2-on-0 with Donskoi at 16:49 for the 9-3 final.