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Avalanche overwhelm Coyotes 7-1 to take commanding series lead

Colorado will look to close out the series and advance to the second-round on Wednesday afternoon.
Credit: AP
Colorado Avalanche's Matt Nieto (83) scores against Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) during first-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta — Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and the Colorado Avalanche overwhelmed the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. 

The Avalanche jumped on Arizona after losing 4-2 in Game 3, scoring three first-period goals, two by Kadri on the power play. 

Matt Calvert, Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist. 

Grubauer was sharp after Pavel Francouz started Game 3. 

The Coyotes had numerous defensive breakdowns and took three penalties while falling into the early hole, leaving goalie Darcy Kuemper defenseless. 

Colorado will look to close out the series and advance to the second-round on Wednesday afternoon.

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