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Mueller scores twice as Coyotes beat Avalanche

Jan 1, 2009 - 4:59 AM
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- The latter part of 2008 did not treat Peter Mueller well. However, it appears he has snapped out of a dismal scoring funk on the eve of a new year.

The 20-year-old Mueller scored two goals and Mikael Tellqvist made 28 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes skated to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

Olli Jokinen also tallied and captain Shane Doan had two assists for the Coyotes, who have earned at least a point in nine of their last 11 games. They are currently in a stretch of playing six of seven contests at home, where they are 12-5-2 this season.

"Peter (Mueller) has played really hard and he's starting to get rewarded," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said.

"I said the other night when he scored his goal that he had played some really good games and couldn't find the net. Obviously he's been a little bit frustrated but his work and his effort is really solid. He's got too much skill not to get chances."

T.J. Hensick scored his second goal of the season and Peter Budaj turned aside 26 shots, but the Avalanche saw their three-game losing streak come to an end.

"I don't think we played the whole 60 minutes," Budaj said. "We played a very good third period. I think we outplayed them, but they were already up, 2-1."

Mueller, who has three goals in his last three contests, ended a 22-game goalless streak in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. In this one, he ended an abundance of momentum the Avalanche had accumulated while dealing with the injuries of captain Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny.

"As soon as you get one they come in bunches," Mueller said. "You know, you're not going into every game thinking this is going to be the game. You go in with a little more confidence knowing you can do it.

"So I just am going to put (the slump) behind me and hope it never happens again."

The eighth overall pick by Phoenix in 2006, Mueller tallied twice in a 2:05 span midway through the second period, handing the Coyotes a lead they would not relinquish.

"You get one and all of a sudden the flood gates can open," Doan said. "He's probably the purest goal scorer we have on this team. For him to get hot, he can carry us a long ways with how well he shoots the puck and how well he generates offense."

Mueller made it 2-1 by firing a wrist shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle past Budaj.

"It was kind of a freaky goal, actually," Mueller said. "I thought he covered it but then the puck kept on getting loose and I kind of walked out. I saw he was still down so I just tried to put a shot up high."

Jokinen punctuated Mueller's stellar effort with a wrister from the left circle with 6:41 to go in the third.

Hensick opened the scoring 8:12 into the first, converting passes from defenseman Brett Clark and rookie Chris Stewart.

"I had a lot of work in the last period and it was nice to kind of shut them down," Tellqvist said. "After the first period it probably should have been up 1-0 instead of being down. They got a lucky bounce and they scored on it."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLORADO 1 0 0 1
    PHOENIX 0 2 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - T.J. HENSICK 2 (BRETT CLARK, CHRIS STEWART) 8:12
    2ND PRD: PHO - PETER MUELLER 7 (SHANE DOAN, DAVID HALE) 10:36
    PHO - PETER MUELLER 8 (SHANE DOAN, STEVEN REINPRECHT) 12:41
    3RD PRD: PHO - OLLI JOKINEN 12 (ENVER LI

    Dec 31 10:22 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    PHOENIX 3
    3RD PRD: PHO - OLLI JOKINEN 12 (ENVER LISIN, MIKAEL TELLQVIST) 13:19

    Avalanche 1, Coyotes 3  3rd - 6:41Dec 31 10:13 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 0 1
    PHOENIX 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - T.J. HENSICK 2 (BRETT CLARK, CHRIS STEWART) 8:12
    2ND PRD: PHO - PETER MUELLER 7 (SHANE DOAN, DAVID HALE) 10:36
    PHO - PETER MUELLER 8 (SHANE DOAN, STEVEN REINPRECHT) 12:41
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Dec 31 9:34 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    PHOENIX 2
    2ND PRD: PHO - PETER MUELLER 8 (SHANE DOAN, STEVEN REINPRECHT) 12:41

    Avalanche 1, Coyotes 2  2nd - 7:19Dec 31 9:27 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    PHOENIX 1
    2ND PRD: PHO - PETER MUELLER 7 (SHANE DOAN, DAVID HALE) 10:36

    Avalanche 1, Coyotes 1  2nd - 9:24Dec 31 9:14 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1
    PHOENIX 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - T.J. HENSICK 2 (BRETT CLARK, CHRIS STEWART) 8:12
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COL 9 9
    PHO 11 11
    GOALIES: COL - PETER BUDAJ
    PHO -

    Dec 31 8:40 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    PHOENIX 0
    1ST PRD: COL - T.J. HENSICK 2 (BRETT CLARK, DAVID JONES) 8:12

    Avalanche 1, Coyotes 0  1st - 11:48Dec 31 8:23 PM