Antoine Vermette was given an "A" on his sweater with captain Shane Doan out with an illness. He gave an A+ performance in his 700th NHL game. Vermette's two goals and Thomas Greiss' 29 saves were the difference in Phoenix's 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Jordan Szwarz would score the other goal for the Coyotes. The first period looked like quintessential Coyotes hockey; Phoenix chased the puck quite a bit but thanks to some stellar goaltending by Greiss and some timely blocked shots, the Coyotes escaped the period without any damage done. The first period also featured no penalties; both teams only took two penalties in the entire contest. Luckily for Phoenix, the Coyotes were the only one that converted on the man advantage. A sweet give and go play between Vermette and Yandle made the score 1-0 at 8:31 in the first period. The Coyotes would score the next goal in the game too as the fourth line of Jordan Szwarz, Paul Bissonnette, and Jeff Halpern took a three-on-two down the ice. Szwarz would pocket the rebound off of Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov to make the game 2-0. Colorado would get on the board at 14:28 of the second period thanks to a fortuitous bounce off of Greiss' left pad. Michael Stone and Patrick Bordeleau's sticks both met at the same time, bouncing the puck off of Greiss and into the net. Phoenix would respond just a minute later as Vermette put home a big rebound for his second on the night. The third period followed the script of the first. Colorado mounted some strong offensive pressure in the latter stages of the third but Greiss was an absolute wall. Phoenix improves to 17-8-5 on the season with the regulation win.
Vermette's two goals lead Coyotes past Avalanche, 3-1
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