NHL: Coyotes fall to Avs in home finale; future uncertain

2013-04-27T00:00:00Z NHL: Coyotes fall to Avs in home finale; future uncertainThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - Matt Duchene scored in a shootout and had three assists, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat Phoenix 5-4 Friday night in what could be the Coyotes' final home game in the desert if a new owner isn't found.

Phoenix went up 2-0 early, Colorado rallied for the lead with a three-goal flurry late in the first period and the teams traded scores the rest of the way in a wild game that had 18 players earn at least a point.

The Coyotes' franchise has been run by the NHL the past three seasons. Several potential new owners have stepped forward, including a pair that submitted proposals to the NHL, but nothing has been finalized.

• Oilers 6, Wild 1: In St. Paul, Minn., Corey Potter and Nail Yakupov both scored two goals, and Edmonton prevented Minnesota from clinching a spot in the Western Conference playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

Minnesota will enter today's season finale at Colorado tied with Columbus for eighth in the West, one point behind seventh-place Detroit. Minnesota owns the tiebreaker and can earn a berth with a win. If Detroit gets a point in its season finale, Columbus wins, and Minnesota loses, the Wild would be eliminated.

• Buffalo 2, N.Y. Islanders 1, SO: In Buffalo, N.Y., Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Ryan Miller made 30 saves before the tiebreaker in the Sabers' win. Miller, playing in his 500th game with the Sabres, sealed the win when he stopped John Tavares' shot in the third round of the shootout.

• Blackhawks 3, Flames 1: In Chicago, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored 3:28 apart in the first period for the NHL-leading Blackhawks (36-6-5), who beat Calgary and are 11-1-2 in their past 14 games.

Slap shots

• Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby returned to practice with a facemask, but his status for next week's playoff opener remains uncertain. Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw last month.

• Buffalo forward Jochen Hecht announced his retirement after the Sabres' win Friday. The German, 35, had 186 goals and 277 assists in 833 career regular-season games, and 14 goals and 18 assists in 59 playoff games.

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