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DENVER (Ticker) -- With home ice and the power play, the Colorado Avalanche have a two games to none lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Chris Drury, rookie Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk scored on the power play and Patrick Roy picked up playoff win No. 112 as Colorado posted a 3-1 victory.
"This is only two games," said Colorado defenseman Ray Bourque, whose team visits Phoenix on Monday. "They have the last change in their building and they will be able to get the matchups they want."
The Avalanche scored on their first two power-play chances in Thursday's 6-3 victory and first three today, two during 5-on-3 advantages. They are 6-for-14 with the extra man in this series.
"The power play worked for us," Hejduk said. "It's pretty good. It's important in the playoffs to get the power-play goals."
Colorado, which welcomed back superstar center Peter Forsberg and recorded its 10th straight win dating to the regular season, cruised with a 3-1 lead in the third period behind a raucous sellout crowd of 18,007.
"Today we got those three power-play goals," said Forsberg, who returned from a shoulder injury. "This was the key to the game. We can't let down. We have to play better to win down there."
The final seconds took several minutes to complete due to a shoving match between Roy, Coyotes stars Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk and a fight between defensemen Jon Klemm of Colorado and Keith Carney of Phoenix.
Phoenix was undisciplined from the start as Benoit Hogue and Dallas Drake were called for minor penalties 51 seconds apart in the opening 2 1/2 minutes.
Just over a minute into their first of three 5-on-3 advantages, Drury beat goaltender Sean Burke with a shot from the right faceoff circle to open the scoring.
With three seconds left on Drake's penalty for holding, Tanguay lifted a shot over Burke and under the crossbar off a scramble in front for a 2-0 lead at 4:27.
Both teams were whistled for three penalties in the opening 20 minutes, but the Coyotes were especially unhappy with the calls against them.
"There's no rhyme or reason for three 5-on-3s," Roenick said. "Dally (Drake) did what half their guys did, tackling and holding. I don't want to get fined, so I'll kep my comments to myself."
"I am not going to comment on the officials," Tkachuk added. "It's a tough job. A couple of 5-on-3s hurt. You try to play hard and it's taken away. We're not getting the first calls."
Hogue halved Phoenix's deficit 5:42 into the second period, but Roenick was called for charging and defenseman Jyrki Lumme for high-sticking in a 69-second span before Hejduk's goal at 9:32 capped the scoring.
Forsberg set up the goal with a brilliant pass from the inside edge of the right circle to the left side of the net.
"It was an open net," Hejduk said. "He passed through three pairs of skates to get the puck to me."
The Coyotes had stayed out of the penalty box in the second until Roenick's minor.
"No one is saying we're not playing well," said Roenick, an All-Star center whose team was 0-for-3 on the power play. "Our special teams are killing us."
Phoenix failed to beat Roy with any of its eight shots in the third period and took out its frustration in the final seconds, taking a slashing call, two roughings, a fighting major and a 10-minute misconduct.
"Why not? This means we have some sore losers here, and I see no harm in that," said Tkachuk, the Coyotes' captain.
Roenick was called for his third penalty of the game with 11 seconds to play after he got into a slashing match with Roy.
"Patrick's a good man," Roenick said. "It is not between him and me but between the two teams. He's aggressive. He doesn't approve being hit around."
Roy finished with 25 saves and added to his NHL record for postseason victories.
"I thought they (the Coyotes) worked hard today," he said. "It was pretty close until the end. Us getting goals on the 5-on-3 was the difference."