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Final Look: Coyotes' Chicago Comeback Completes Successful Trip

Arizona overcomes early deficits to win, finishing its road trip with a 3-1-0 record, earning six of eight points

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES' CHICAGO COMEBACK COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL TRIP

The Coyotes made their lone regular season visit to Chicago on Sunday night, and they made it a memorable one, beating the Blackhawks by a 4-3 final at United Center in a game that extended to a shootout.

Arizona overcame two separate two-goal deficits to earn their league-leading fifth shootout win of the year and finish their four-game road trip with a 3-1-0 record, earning six of a possible eight standings points.

They now head home with a share of first place in the Pacific Division.

The night began with a bit of adversity as Chicago jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

The Coyotes bit back.

Christian Fischer cut the Blackhawks' lead in half, 2-1 with 9:00 remaining in the first period when he shoveled home a Christian Dvorak feed in the slot to finish a play that was beautifully set up by Nick Schmaltz .

Chicago reclaimed a two-goal lead, 3-1, with 2:05 remaining in the first period.

And again, the Coyotes bit back. This time twice.

With power play productivity, the Coyotes responded in succession in the early stages of the second, scoring back-to-back goals on the man advantage in a 2:21 span to tie the game, 3-3.

The first of those tallies came from Conor Garland , who whistled home a wrist shot from the slot to cut the Blackhawks' lead to 3-2 with 13:28 left in the second.

The follow-up marker came off the stick of the player that set up Garland's goal, Carl Soderberg , whose shot from the right circle ricochet off of a Chicago defenseman, up and over Robin Lehner, to tie the game, 3-3, with 11:07 to play in the middle frame.

The Coyotes' two power play goals marks the fifth time that the team has scored multiple goals on the man advantage in a single game this season.

Neither team would score during the final 31:07 of regulation. The Coyotes would pressure, however, doing so heavily in the third, putting up 17 shots in the final frame.

Arizona finished the night with 47 shots, setting a new season-high.

Schmaltz and Garland scored in the shootout while Darcy Kuemper turned away two of the Blackhawks' three attempts, securing the 4-3 win.

The Coyotes finish the night with 40 standings points through 32 games played; it took the 2018-19 club 43 games (January 10, 2019) to reach that mark.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #32: ARIZONA (4) at CHICAGO (3) F/SO

  • SOG: ARI - 47, CHI - 29
  • PP: ARI - 2/6, CHI - 1/2

ARIZONA SCORING:

CHICAGO SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"Resilient. It's never easy to come back from a start like that, especially in a building like this. They have a lot of offensive weapons and they were ready to go, they got out to an early lead. We just kept with it, didn't get fazed and were able to get back in it."

Darcy Kuemper, on Sunday's comeback win in Chicago

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Shootout

You can always count on Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland in the shootout.

The two were again called upon as Sunday's marathon battle reached its final stage, and each player executed, both scoring their league-leading fourth shootout goals of the season.

Schmaltz struck in the first round with a move to his backhand and Garland struck in the second round with a stealth, yet simple move he's showcased before.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 3-3, with 4:25 remaining in the second period

Darcy Kuemper made a handful of magnificent saves throughout the night, but his denial of Jonathan Toews' second-chance effort in the late stages of the second period stole the spotlight.

The Coyotes, having overcome a pair of early two-goal deficits, found themselves in the thick of their bounce-back effort with momentum swinging in their favor when the Blackhawks' captain burst in to pick up his own rebound.

Sprawled out in the crease, Kuemper stopped Toews' sure-fire rebound bid with his right blocker arm, maintaining a 3-3 tie.

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PHOTO FINISH

Big Carl, big goal. Captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson gives Carl Soderberg a tap on the head as the team celebrates his second period power play that tied the game, 3-3, in the Coyotes' eventual 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night at United Center. (Photo Credit: Bill Smith - Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Chase Agnello-Dean - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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