Avs’ Kadri downs Blues with :0.1 left

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Nazem Kadri scored a buzzer-beat­ing power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 2-1 come­back vic­tory over the de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Blues in West­ern Con­fer­ence round-robin play Sun­day.

Kadri’s shot crossed the goal line with 0.1 sec­onds on the clock. The NHL re­viewed the play for sev­eral min­utes be­fore call­ing it a good goal.

By win­ning the game, held at an empty Rogers Place in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, Colorado took the lead in the seed­ing race among the top four teams in the West.

The fren­zied fin­ish made up for an un­even first 55 min­utes or so. In the fi­nal two, Blues cap­tain Alex Pi­etrangelo went off slowly af­ter tak­ing a shot off the side of his right knee, team­mate Alex Steen took a penalty and the Avalanche put goal­tender Jor­dan Bin­ning­ton and the Blues’ penalty kill un­der siege.

It fin­ished with Kadri’s goal that ru­ined a stel­lar 36-save per­for­mance by Bin­ning­ton.

Coy­otes 4, Preda­tors 3

Oliver Ek­man-Lars­son scored the first of Arizona’s three first-pe­riod goals, a healthy Phil Kes­sel had two as­sists and the Coy­otes held on to beat the Preda­tors 4-3 to open their West­ern Con­fer­ence qual­i­fier se­ries in Ed­mon­ton.

The Coy­otes made the most of their first post­sea­son ap­pear­ance since 2012, scor­ing three goals in the first pe­riod on their way to build­ing a 4-1 lead. Darcy Kuem­per, who stopped 40 shots, held off Nashville’s late push.

This and that

The sta­tus of Jets for­wards Mark Scheifele and Pa­trik Laine is un­known for Game 2 of their West­ern Con­fer­ence qual­i­fier against the Flames. Nei­ther took part in prac­tice.

† The Light­ning fig­ure to have de­fense­man Vic­tor Hed­man but not for­ward Steven Stamkos when they play their first round-robin game Mon­day against the Cap­i­tals.

† For­mer Black­hawks goalie Robin Lehner will start for the Golden Knights in their first game of round-robin play Mon­day against the Stars.

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