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Final Look: Coyotes, Chychrun Counter in the Third

Jakob Chychrun netted Arizona's lone goal with 15:13 left to play in regulation

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES, CHYCHRUN COUNTER IN THE THIRD

The Coyotes suffered a regulation loss on Wednesday night for just the second time in 10 games, coming up short to the Montreal Canadiens by a 4-1 final in their return home to Gila River Arena.

Wednesday evening marked just the second time all season the Coyotes have surrendered more than three goals and only the third time they've been held to fewer than two.

The Canadiens built a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals early in the first period and early in the second period.

Montreal's second goal, though, was in part due to an unfortunate equipment mishap suffered by goaltender Antti Raanta , who lost his right skate blade mid-play and was unable to get back into position before the Canadiens took advantage.

"I knew there was something wrong with my skate but I didn't realize that I didn't have the blade," Raanta said. "When I realized it, it was a little too late to push myself back into the net. Just a weird thing."

The Canadiens struck again early in the third period to take a 3-0 lead.

Moments later, however, the Coyotes pushed back when Jakob Chychrun finished a crisp passing sequence to bury his second goal of the season, getting Arizona back to within two goals with 15:13 remaining in regulation.

Montreal added its fourth goal of the evening with just under nine minutes to play in the third to take a 4-1 lead, the night's eventual final score.

Raanta made a total of 31 saves.

Phil Kessel registered his fifth assist of the season while Alex Goligoski was credited with his seventh, tying Nick Schmaltz and Clayton Keller for the team-lead in that department.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #12: ARIZONA (1) vs. MONTREAL (4)

  • SOG: ARI - 33, MTL - 36
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, MTL - 0/2

ARIZONA SCORING:

MONTREAL SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"Anytime you chase a game, it's difficult, the other team can stay in their structure and really simplify their game and you have to find ways, it's kind of like going up-hill the entire game. The road trip was pretty good to us and we came home and got some humble pie."

Derek Stepan , on the Coyotes' game after falling behind early

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 2-0, with 1:21 remaining in the second period.

They say a two-goal lead is the most dangerous lead to have in hockey, and Antti Raanta kept the Canadiens in that danger zone with just over a minute to play in the second period when he slid left-to-right to deny Montreal's Paul Byron.

Raanta turned away the forward's Grade-A look after reading Ben Chiarot's cross-ice pass and stopping the puck with a blocker save. Raanta's denial kept the Coyotes within two goals as the teams transitioned into the third period.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 3-0, with 15:13 to play in the third period.

Clean entry and crisp passing. Four players touched the puck in a matter of three seconds to produce the Coyotes' lone tally of the night, a wonderfully executed zone entry that checked all of the textbook requirements necessary to create offensively.

Upon entering Montreal territory, Nick Schmaltz dropped for Alex Goligoski, who further penetrated and handed off to Phil Kessel, who then delivered across the slot to a wide-open Jakob Chychrun.

Chychrun, without hesitation, touched home Kessel's perfectly placed pass to beat Carey Price.

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PHOTO FINISH

Rookie Barrett Hayton looks on during warm-ups as he readies for Wednesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, the fifth of his NHL career. The Coyotes' first round selection from the 2018 NHL Draft logged 13:41 of ice time and registered one shot in Arizona's 4-1 loss. (Photo: Norm Hall / Getty Images)

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