Avalanche Win Game, Lose Stastny

DENVER - (AP) Brett Clark nearly had a terrible birthday. Instead, he celebrated turning 32 by saving the game for the Colorado Avalanche.

Clark's interference penalty led to Phoenix's tying goal in the final minute of regulation, but the Avalanche defenseman scored with 3:12 left in overtime to lift Colorado past the Coyotes 5-4 Tuesday night.

"It was a good gift and even better win," Clark said.

It wasn't all good news for Colorado. Center Paul Stastny is out indefinitely with a fractured right forearm. Stastny, who had a goal and two assists in the game, was hit with a slapshot in the final minute of regulation.

With Joe Sakic out until March after injuring his left hand in a snow blower accident two weeks ago, the loss of Stastny, the team's leading scorer, hurts.

Stastny was injured while playing on the penalty kill that led to the Coyotes' tying goal. Shane Doan's second goal in the final 4:07 sent the game into overtime.

"For us to get the two goals late was huge," said Doan, who scored with 48 seconds left in regulation tie the game. "Fortunately, we found a way to get one point, it's just disappointing not to get two."

The Coyotes didn't get a shot off in the overtime, and Clark scored from the slot to send the Avalanche into the Christmas break with a win.

The win was Colorado's 200th at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche played their first four seasons in Denver at McNichols Arena before the Pepsi Center opened in 1999.



 
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