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Stastny scores in return, Avalanche outlast Coyotes in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Cody McLeod capitalized on a rare breakaway opportunity.

McLeod scored in the 12th round of a shootout to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night. It was the longest shootout ever for both teams. "I just wanted to hit the net," said McLeod, whose wrist shot over Mikael Tellqvist's blocker gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead in the shootout. "I went in and I'd seen a little opening. I shot and it went in."

Keith Yandle's last-gasp attempt to extend the shootout sailed high over the net to end the game.

"I've witnessed a couple of those on TV but in person it's tough on the system," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said.

Paul Stastny scored in his first game back in the Colorado lineup, Marek Svatos also scored, and Tyler Arnason and John-Michael Liles had shootout goals to help the Avalanche snap a five-game winless streak. Colorado also moved one point ahead of Phoenix into ninth place in the Western Conference.

"Obviously we're in the same boat they are," Quenneville said. "Every point's huge. We've lost a lot of ground the last week and a half."

Phoenix's Derek Morris scored with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Steven Reinprecht also scored, and Joel Perrault and Mike York had shootout goals for the Coyotes. Phoenix has lost two straight.

Morris scored on a hard wrist shot from the blue-line through traffic and past a screened Jose Theodore with the Coyotes playing with an extra attacker.

"It's huge that we were able to get that extra point," said Phoenix right wing Shane Doan, who had an assist. "We were talking about how desperate we have to be and we came out with a little more desperation."

Both goalies stopped the first five shootout attempts they faced.

Arnason recorded the first shootout goal on a sharp wrist shot past Mikael Tellqvist. Perrault answered on a wrist shot of his own.

After each goalie stopped the next attempt, Liles scored between Tellqvist's pads. York evened the score moments later on a wrist shot. Three more scoreless rounds followed before McLeod's goal.

"What are you going to do when you have 11 guys shoot," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "It is what it is. It's a shootout."

Stastny, who missed 15 games following an appendectomy in mid-January, tied it at 1 at 14:08 of the first period. Stastny took a long outlet pass from Jordan Leopold just outside the Phoenix zone and fired a shot from between the circles on net. Tellqvist made the initial save with his blocker, but the long rebound bounced to the left faceoff circle where Stastny scored on a wrist shot.

Svatos made it 2-1 at 9:09 of the second period, nine seconds after Phoenix's Craig Weller was whistled for hooking. Svatos took a pass from Scott Hannan just outside the top left edge of the crease and beat Tellqvist with a quick wrist shot.

Reinprecht opened the scoring at 10:16 of the first with Phoenix on a 5-on-3 power play. Radim Vrbata's shot from the edge of the left faceoff circle deflected off Shane Doan and slipped behind Theodore. Reinprecht tapped the puck into the net from 6 inches in front of the goal line for the score.

"Obviously it's a big point for us but right now it's a little disappointing," Tellqvist said.

Notes: Stastny has three goals and two assists in his last four games. ... Doan's assist moved him into a fourth-place tie with Teppo Numminen on the Coyotes' career scoring list with 534 points. ... The Coyotes have at least one power-play goal in eight straight games.


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