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Final Look: Chychrun's Late-Game Rocket Completes Incredible Comeback

Coyotes rally with three unanswered goals to persevere for two points against the Canadiens on Monday night

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

CHYCHRUN'S LATE-GAME ROCKET COMPLETES INCREDIBLE COMEBACK

The Coyotes turned early misery into late-game magic on Monday night, overcoming catastrophe to earn an incredible 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Less than two minutes into the game, the Coyotes found themselves on their heels facing a two-goal deficit.

"It was just a matter of sticking with it, not getting down on ourselves and continuing to push forward," said Jakob Chychrun , who buried the eventual game-winning goal with a minute left in regulation. "I think we had a great response."

That they did.

And it began with a pair of poised shifts after the Canadiens took an early 2-0 lead, a stretch of hard-nosed character-driven resilience to produce to the first response.

After hounding a Montreal regroup and finishing a check in the neutral zone, Lawson Crouse freed a puck for Phil Kessel , who transitioned to drop for Derek Stepan upon entering Canadiens territory.

Stepan, from the high slot, fired a wrist shot through a defender that beat Carey Price to the blocker side, cutting the deficit to 2-1 with 14:52 left in the first period.

The Coyotes continued to gain momentum to outshoot the Canadiens by a 17-3 margin in the second period. Taylor Hall tied the game, 2-2, in the midst of the team's pressure, connecting with a one-timer from the slot with 3:24 left in the middle frame.

Deadlocked in a 2-2 tie in the late stages of regulation, the Coyotes assembled for their sixth power play of the evening, where Chychrun stepped into a laser of a slap shot from the point to bury the go-ahead goal with 1:00 left on the clock.

"I wanted to get everything I could behind it," Chychrun said.

The Coyotes ran out the final 60 seconds to secure the 3-2 come-from-behind victory.

The team successfully killed off all six of Montreal's power plays throughout the night, including a four-minute double-minor and a 5-on-3 to set the table for the revival.

Antti Raanta stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to earn the win.

"Not the greatest start," Raanta said in recollect. "They got a couple of quick ones, but 58 minutes left and it's 2-0, you just have to regroup and take a deep breath and make sure you're going to make the next save."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #58: ARIZONA (3) at MONTREAL (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 34, MTL - 28
  • PP: ARI - 1/6, MTL - 0/6

ARIZONA SCORING:

MONTREAL SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"Well, I think it loosens the grip on some guys' sticks, that helps. It's a nice win, you enjoy it, but we've got Toronto tomorrow. You've got to re-energize tomorrow during the day, get yourself ready. There's no rest for the weary with this team, so we've got to be ready to go."

Rick Tocchet, on Monday's 3-2 win over Montreal

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes' perfect penalty kill

The odds were stacked against the Coyotes in more ways than one on Monday night, and that included time spent killing penalties.

Arizona was perfect in killing all six of Montreal's power play opportunities, including a four-minute double minor to finish the first period and begin the second. That double-minor was further strained by an additional infraction which forced the Coyotes to kill off a full two minutes of 5-on-3 time.

"Huge, oh my gosh, that was probably the biggest part of the game tonight," Jakob Chychrun said of the team's penalty kill performance, "That long 5-on-3 against, it was just great to kill it off, that can give you a lot of momentum, and it did for us."

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Jakob Chychrun's game-winning goal

Jakob Chychrun buried the dagger with 1:00 flat remaining in regulation, teeing up from dead-center just inside the Montreal blue-line to beat Carey Price with a bomb high blocker-side to give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead.

Chychrun's goal, a power play tally, extended his point streak to a career-long four games, and came in the same building where he scored his first-career NHL goal on October 20, 2016.

"The power play stepped up, and Chych, that's a big play," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "We always talk about that, a 2-2 game, late in the game, 'who's going to make that play?' And Chych made a hell of a shot for us."

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PHOTO FINISH

Hands up for Hall. Taylor Hall, surrounded by teammates Alex Goligoski and Conor Garland , throws his arms into the air after connecting with a one-timer from the slot to tie the game, 2-2, late in the second period of Monday night's 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Photo Credit: Francois Lacasse - NHLI via Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Francois Lacasse - NHLI via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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