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Final Look: Coyotes Capture A Point, Short to Oilers in Shootout

Goligoski registers a season-high three assists, Kuemper makes 34 saves, Arizona suffers its first shootout loss

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES CAPTURE A POINT, SHORT TO OILERS

Though they bounced back from a pair of early deficits, the Coyotes eventually suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Gila River Arena.

It served as the Coyotes' first shootout loss of the season; they had entered the night with a perfect 3-0 mark in such situations.

Arizona did, however, earn a point but saw a slight drop to its record against Pacific Division opponents, which now stands at 5-1-2. The Coyotes remain situated at second place in the Pacific Division with 31 points, four behind the first place Oilers' 35.

Edmonton struck for a power play goal just over two minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead.

The Coyotes responded with a power play goal of their own, executing on their second man advantage opportunity of the evening when Carl Soderberg received a cross-ice pass from Nick Schmaltz and connected with a wrist shot. Soderberg's goal tied the game, 1-1, with 10:17 to play in the first period.

The Oilers reclaimed the lead, 2-1, in the opening moments of the second.

After surviving sustained pressure from Edmonton for the majority of the first half of the middle frame, the Coyotes found life with two goals in a 1:32 span.

Christian Fischer tied the game, 2-2, with 8:08 left in the second, burying a one-timer from the slot.

Moments later, Vinnie Hinostroza gave Arizona its first lead of the night when he fired home a sharp angle shot from below the right circle.

The Coyotes entered the night with a 10-0-1 record when leading after two periods of play, but would surrender the game-tying goal with 6:48 remaining in regulation, a goal that eventually sent the game to overtime and a shootout.

"I thought we had a really good third," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "I thought we were in control of the game, but it was that goal, somebody's got to take that body, you can't watch the puck and that's the details. I thought we were doing well, they didn't have much, we did a good job against that big lineup."

Neither team scored in overtime, and the lone shootout goal came from Connor McDavid in the bottom of the first round.

Schmaltz, Conor Garland , and Hinostroza were all denied by Mikko Koskinen.

Alex Goligoski assisted on all three Coyotes goals in regulation; Darcy Kuemper made a total of 34 saves.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #25: ARIZONA (3) vs. EDMONTON (4) F/SO

  • SOG: ARI - 30, EDM - 37
  • PP: ARI - 1/2, EDM - 1/1

ARIZONA SCORING:

EDMONTON SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"We'll take a point, and obviously that's the positive side. The game as a whole, I thought we did an okay job, going into the third period with a one-goal lead we've just got to find a way, there's been too many times where we've lost that third period or that lead going into a period and it's something we've got to change because those are crucial points."

Christian Fischer, on Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 2-1, with 8:08 remaining in the second period.

A huge shift in momentum was provided by Christian Fischer just past the game's midway point.

After getting tied up with Connor McDavid in the neutral zone, Fischer fled into Edmonton territory largely undetected, set up shop in the slot, and rifled a one-timer past Mikko Kiskonen low to the blocker side after Michael Grabner found him with a great pass from behind the Oilers' net.

"I got tangled up with McDavid, my arm was stuck, but then I [got up] and beat him into the zone and found a spot," Fischer said. "Grabner made an unreal pass."

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 1-0, with 10:17 remaining in the first period.

Nick Schmaltz's ability to distribute, specifically on the power play, was on display once again as he dished to Carl Soderberg to get the Coyotes even after Edmonton's early goal.

Drawing three defenders toward him as he walked in with the puck atop the right circle, Schmaltz utilized his peripheral vision to thread a perfect pass to Soderberg, who with plenty of open ice, buried a wrist shot low to the glove side.

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PHOTO FINISH

Say hey! Alex Goligoski flashes a smile at a pair of young fans during warm-ups prior to Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena, where he recorded a season-high three assists. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Norm Hall - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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