There is still some fight in the desert dogs.
After being out-played in essentially every game of the NHL restart to this point, the Arizona Coyotes played their most complete game Friday at Rogers Place. Unfortunately for them, it still wasn’t enough, losing 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of their best-of-seven, first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
Andre Burakovsky scored the winning goal for the Avalanche with 2:56 left in the third period. Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost also scored in the win, while goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves.
Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner scored for the Coyotes who fell down 2-0 in the series. Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves. Game 3 is Saturday (1 p.m.) at Rogers Place.
“We played a really good hockey game,” said Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet. “We had a couple of chances and we missed on a couple of chance. I think if we hit the net on one of those chances, I think we score. But we played a good hockey game, that’s more like it. I’m proud the way we played, we responded, we were in their faces that’s more like the way we have to play consistently.