ARIZONA COYOTES

Crouse, Chychrun register 3 points apiece as Coyotes end Avs’ 4-game winning streak

Dec 27, 2022, 10:15 PM | Updated: 10:53 pm
Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Carcone (53) smiles after his goal against the Colorado Avalanche...

Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Carcone (53) smiles after his goal against the Colorado Avalanche, between Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) and center Nick Bjugstad (17) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE (AP) — Michael Carcone scored in his first NHL game, Nick Schmaltz had his second power-play goal in two games and the Arizona Coyotes beat Colorado 6-3 on Tuesday night to end the Avalanche’s winning streak at four.

Shayne Gostisbehere, Lawson Crouse, J.J. Moser and Clayton Keller also scored for Arizona, Connor Ingram made 28 saves and Jacob Chychrun had three assists to reach 102 for his career. The Coyotes have won two straight and are 5-1-1 at home in 5,000-seat Mullett Arena since returning from a 14-game, 33-day trip.

“It feels great,” Carcone said. “Obviously, scoring a goal is the best thing you can do. The communication out there is unbelievable. They made it easy on me. I had a lot of energy. A little bit of nerves, which I think helped. Felt fresh.”

Evan Rodrigues, Cole Makar and Mikko Rantanen scored for the Avalanche, who have lost three straight to Arizona for the first time in nine seasons. Colorado is 6-3-1 since forward Nathan MacKinnon went out with an upper-body injury Dec. 5.

“Our checking game wasn’t good from the get-go,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “The urgency in our game didn’t pick up until the third period, and then it is too late.”

Schmaltz scored on a power play at 5:59 of the second period for a 3-1 lead.

Carcone put the puck into an open side after a pass from Crouse for a 5-2 lead four minutes into the third period. Carcone, who was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League following an injury to Matias Maccelli, led the AHL with 42 points (16 goals) in 27 games.

“’Everybody in the building knows he has talent,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “It’s a matter of can he play a consistent, turnover-free game. That’s what separated him from the NHL. He has improved as a player in the last year and a half. I’m happy for him. He will have a chance to show his improvement. We’ll give him the opportunity.”

Keller scored into an empty net in the final minute. Schmaltz has a six-game points streak and has 12 points in his last nine games.

Alexandar Georgiev had 27 saves for the Avalanche.

LOOSE PUCKS

– Maccelli is expected to miss six weeks after suffering a lower-body injury early in the first period of in a 2-1 victory shootout over Los Angeles on Friday night. He leads NHL rookies with 19 assists and has 22 points, second to Seattle’s Matty Beniers (25).

– Carcone replaced Macelli on the second line, skating with Crouse and Nick Bjugstad.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at 7 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, middle, celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with Coyotes left wing Nick Ritchie as Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) skates away during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) tries to control the puck as he gets shoved by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) as Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, right, looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche center Evan Rodrigues celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram, right, makes a save on a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Alex Newhook (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with teammates, including Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96), during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram makes a save on a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Evan Rodrigues (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) battles with Colorado Avalanche center Ben Meyers for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche defensemen Erik Johnson (6) and Samuel Girard (49) skate back to the bench after a score by Arizona Coyotes' J.J. Moser during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, right, makes a save as Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, Avalanche center Andrew Cogliano (11) and Coyotes center Travis Boyd (72) collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche center Denis Malgin (81) skates with the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (14) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes defenseman Troy Stecher (51) congratulates goaltender Connor Ingram, left, as time expires in the team's NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) slides along the ice after colliding with Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Carcone (53) shoots the puck past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev as Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard, right, watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Carcone (53) smiles after his goal against the Colorado Avalanche, between Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) and center Nick Bjugstad (17) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62) collides with Arizona Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche defenseman Brad Hunt (17) and Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) compete for the puck in front of Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (14) helps block a shot by the Colorado Avalanche in front of Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Coyotes fans cheer on right wing Clayton Keller after his empty-net goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Colorado Avalanche left wing Charles Hudon (54) and Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) vie for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The Coyotes won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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