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NHL-leading Avalanche lose to last-place Coyotes again, 2-1

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Posted at 7:31 AM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 09:31:46-05

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Schmaltz scored early in the third period, Karel Vejmelka stopped 42 shots and the struggling Arizona Coyotes beat the NHL-leading Colorado Avalanche 2-1.

Loui Eriksson also had a goal for the Coyotes, who entered the day trailing Montreal by a point for the fewest points in the league.

The Coyotes now have 34 and they handed the Avalanche their first loss after scoring first this season. They had been 30-0-3.

Devon Toews scored the lone goal for Colorado, which still has the most points in the NHL with 84.