J.T. Compher scored a pair of short-handed goals in his return after missing 16 games due to injury, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 Friday night.

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves in his fifth win and first shutout of the season. Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and assist, and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avalanche.

Colorado has earned points in six straight games, with victories in five of contests.

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta, left, gives up a short-handed goal to Colorado Avalanche J.T. Compher as Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta, left, gives up a short-handed goal to Colorado Avalanche J.T. Compher as Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Dylan Strome scored a power-play goal in the third period as the Coyotes lost for the fourth time in five games.

Compher, playing on the penalty kill unit, scored twice in less than 1:30 on the Coyotes’ first power pay of the game. His first goal came at 7:28 of the first when Matt Nieto gathered the puck off a turnover, drew two defensemen and dished off to Compher, who scored on a clear shot.

Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) beats Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) for a short-handed goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) beats Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) for a short-handed goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

At 8:53, with the Coyotes still on the man advantage, Compher scored on a breakaway,. It was his fifth goal in six games played. Compher had been out since Oct. 16 with a head injury.

Antti Raanta had a rocky return, starting in net for the first time since Nov. 2 and surrendering three first-period goals. The Coyotes’ No. 1 goaltender missed eight games with a lower body injury before finishing with 33 saves on Friday.

Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) skates past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) after scoring a goal against Raanta during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) skates past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) after scoring a goal against Raanta during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Avalanche went ahead 3-0 on Rantanen’s goal. It came at 9:39 of the first when linemate Gabriel Landeskog flipped a pass up the ice and over the defense to Rantanen, who beat Raanta for his ninth goal of the season.

The Avalanche’s high-scoring top line of Rantanen, Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon added to their combined point total with six points. The group has 94 points this season.

Arizona Coyotes center Vinnie Hinostroza, left, battles with Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) during a face off during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes center Vinnie Hinostroza, left, battles with Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) during a face off during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

MacKinnon assisted on Barrie’s goal at 6:11 of the third period, and got an assist on Landeskog’s power-play goal with 4:19 to play in the game.

NOTES: Actor Vince Vaughn, of “Old School” and “Wedding Crashers” movie fame, dropped the ceremonial puck before the game, then threw it to fans in the seats. … Coyotes D Jordan Oesterle was scratched for the second straight game … Avalanche F Gabriel Bourque was scratched for just the third time this season. … Colorado is one of two Western Conference teams with eight road victories this season.

Arizona Coyotes right wing Michael Grabner (40) battles with Colorado Avalanche center Colin Wilson (22) for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes right wing Michael Grabner (40) battles with Colorado Avalanche center Colin Wilson (22) for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Colorado: Hosts the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) makes a save on a shot by Arizona Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk (17) as Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) and center Sheldon Dries (15) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) makes a save on a shot by Arizona Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk (17) as Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) and center Sheldon Dries (15) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona: Hosts the Calgary Flames on Sunday afternoon.

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Source: The Associated Press

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