Roy ejected, Avalanche fall to Coyotes

NHL: Coyotes 5, Avalanche 3

Patrick Roy lost his stick and his cool in a matter of seconds.

Rookie Krystofer Kolanos beat Roy on a penalty shot for the go-ahead goal with 11:40 left as the Phoenix Coyotes made up ground in the playoff race with a spirited 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

"Spirited" would be an understatement to describe Roy's reaction when he gave Phoenix a penalty shot after losing control of his stick while flailing from his back trying to follow Kolanos' move in the slot.

Referees awarded a penalty shot, a call with which Roy was not happy. He was irate after Kolanos scored, slamming his stick against the goalpost before throwing it toward Kolanos and referee Dan Marouelli along the right boards.

Marouelli immediately ejected Roy, whose meltdown resulted in a 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct.

Playing for the first time in two months, Kolanos beat Roy with a snapper high to the glove side. It was his 11th goal of the season and first since December 30. He missed 22 games with a concussion.

Andrei Nazarov and Brian Savage scored second-period goals for the Coyotes, who jumped past Los Angeles into fifth place in the Western Conference. They are just two points behind Chicago for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Roy made 16 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, who lost for the fourth time in five games but still have a comfortable lead atop the Northwest Division.