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Final Look: Coyotes Can't Add Equalizer in Calgary

Arizona (74) remains two points back of Winnipeg and Vancouver (76) in the wild-card race

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES CAN'T ADD EQUALIZER IN CALGARY

The Coyotes came within inches of tying the game late, but fell on bad fortune in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Arizona finished its season series against Calgary with a 1-2-1 record.

Taylor Hall gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the contest, finishing a give-and-go weave sequence with Clayton Keller to bury the first shot of the night high to the short side from just below the left face-off dot.

The Flames countered later in the first with a pair of goals in a 41-second span to take a 2-1 lead.

Calgary upped its lead to 3-1 with 15:43 remaining in the second period.

With 9:03 left to play in the middle frame, Carl Soderberg got the Coyotes back to within one, 3-2, when he followed up an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot and Hall put-back to shovel home the third opportunity.

The Coyotes were held to just five shots on goal in the final frame. Nick Schmaltz missed burying the equalizer with under four minutes to play after he beat Cam Talbot through the five-hole.

"It was a hard-fought game," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "In the first period we weren't good, but after that I thought it was a hard-fought game. We had our chances."

Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves in the loss.

The Coyotes are now 1-1-0 on their current three-game road trip, which comes to a close Monday night in Winnipeg. They remain two points out of a wild-card spot.

"We lose games by one, we're right there," said Hall.

"We know the focus that we have to have, we're comfortable here, we're in games, but if we can find a way to get on a streak more than two games in a row, we're going to be set."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #69: ARIZONA (2) at CALGARY (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 34, CGY - 34
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, CGY - 1/4

ARIZONA SCORING:

CALGARY SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"You can't go on skids, that's the biggest thing. You lose one, you've got to get back on the horse and find a way to get a point or two in the next game, especially when you're on the road."

Taylor Hall, following Friday's 3-2 loss to Calgary

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Nick Schmaltz's close call

Nick Schmaltz came inches away from tying the game with under four minutes remaining in regulation.

Trailing a rush, Schmaltz received just as he entered the offensive zone and took advantage of the time and space he was granted, forcing Cam Talbot to move laterally with a one-two move.

Having opened up Talbot's five-hole, Schmaltz aimed for his spot, but his shot veered slightly wide of the far post.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Taylor Hall's top-shelf goal

Taylor Hall and Clayton Keller weaved through the neutral zone and into Calgary territory, twice criss-crossing as they charged in to manipulate their course of attack.

Following the pair's second hand-off just after they broke the Flames' blue line, Hall fled for open ice and received a return pass from Keller before snapping home a wrist shot to the top shelf.

Hall's goal gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the game.

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PHOTO FINISH

Extracurriculars in Calgary. Captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson trades after-the-whistle shoves with Matthew Tkachuk during the second period of the Coyotes' 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday night at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Photo Credit: Gerry Thomas - NHLI via Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Brett Holmes - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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