Kadri, Avalanche hang on to defeat Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nazem Kadri had a goal and two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche hung on for a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 at Gila River Arena on Friday.

The Avalanche led 3-0 until the Coyotes scored two goals 43 seconds apart late in the third period.

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, and Hunter Miska made 16 saves for his first NHL win for Colorado (10-6-1), which won for the first time in three games.

Adin Hill made 25 saves in his first start since Feb. 19, 2020, for Arizona (9-8-3), which rallied from down three goals to win each of its previous two games, against the Anaheim Ducks.

Phil Kessel scored his fourth goal in five games with 1:36 remaining to make it 3-1, and Drake Caggiula scored his first with the Coyotes with 53 seconds left to make it 3-2.

Miska was 0-1-1 in two starts this season for the Avalanche after playing one game for the Coyotes in 2018-19, when he and Hill were teammates most of the season with Tucson of the American Hockey League.

Rantanen gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 1:43 of the second period with his Avalanche-leading eighth goal and his first in eight games. The rebound of Nathan MacKinnon‘s shot from the left face-off circle went to Kadri, who slid the puck across the crease to Rantanen near the right post.

Andre Burakovsky scored on a wrist shot from the slot to make it 2-0 at 6:04 of the third period.

Kadri scored from the left circle off Cale Makar‘s pass from the slot at 11:00 to make it 3-0.

Colorado was down a forward because Matt Calvert was held out with an upper-body injury after taking part in the warmup.

The Avalanche and Coyotes play here again Saturday, when Arizona ends its nine-game homestand (3-3-2).

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