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Final Look: Coyotes Clutch; Stun Devils

Barrett Hayton's first NHL goal serves as the game-winner in Friday's 5-3 victory over New Jersey

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

> COYOTES CLUTCH; STUN DEVILS <

Resilient, powerful.

The Coyotes overcame two deficits to win in fascinating fashion on Friday night at Prudential Center, beating the New Jersey Devils by a 5-3 score.

Weathering an early attack, the Coyotes remained stable to chip away while Antti Raanta put forth a fantastic 32-save effort.

"Raanta was under siege and he held it together," Rick Tocchet said of his goaltender. "He locked it down."

Five different players found the back of the net for Arizona in the win.

The headliner of those scorers, Barrett Hayton , netted the game-winner when he struck with 18:15 to play in the third period, completing the Coyotes' comeback effort to give Arizona its first lead of the night.

Hayton's first NHL goal was a gigantic one.

Down by two goals late in the first period, Nick Schmaltz gave the Coyotes a jolt of life with 16 seconds left in the opening frame, scoring his fourth goal of the season to provide a shift in momentum heading into the second.

And that momentum certainly carried over; Michael Grabner tied the game, 2-2, just two minutes into the second period as he executed on a shorthanded breakaway, finishing with a smooth move to his backhand.

The Devils took a 3-2 lead late in the second, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson responded 30 seconds later to draw the Coyotes even at 3-3 heading into the third.

Hayton's aforementioned game-winner came 1:45 into the third period, and Clayton Keller added an empty net goal with under two minutes remaining to give the Coyotes a 5-3 lead, the eventual final score.

Schmaltz (1G, 1A), Ekman-Larsson (1G, 1A), and Jason Demers (3A) each finished the night with multiple points.

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> TRACKING IT <

GAME #10: ARIZONA (5) at NEW JERSEY (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 17, NJD - 35
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, NJD - 1/5

ARIZONA SCORING:

NEW JERSEY SCORING:

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> THEY SAID IT <

"I don't know if that was pretty, but we found a way [to win] and everybody battled hard. Some nights it's going to be like that, but that's what good teams do, they find a way to win, and I feel like we're a good team."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, on the team's 5-3 victory

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> DON'T OVERLOOK IT <

Killing penalties is crucial, and the Coyotes may have put together their most critical and successful kill of the season with eight minutes left to play in regulation.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson put on a show.

First, with his tremendous hit on Sami Vatanen, and on the same play his enormous shot block on Jack Hughes.

The Coyotes' captain sacrificed his body to preserve the lead, making a monumental impact in a highly decisive moment of the game.

To complete the kill, Antti Raanta stoned Wayne Simmonds from point-blank range, sticking out his left pad to deny the Devils' forward of the game-tying marker.

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> GOTTA SEE IT <

Going hard to the net with his stick on the ice, Barrett Hayton shoveled home his first NHL goal with 18:15 to play in regulation to give the Coyotes their first lead of the night, the eventual game-winner.

Stride for stride with Nick Schmaltz, Hayton opened up atop the crease and found room underneath MacKenzie Blackwood after catching Schmaltz's feed right on the tape.

"It was all Schmaltzy there," Hayton said of the play. "You his speed through the neutral zone, and he made a great play on the defenseman, got him sliding and he slid [the puck] across to me and I finished it off."

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> PHOTO FINISH <

Barrett Hayton celebrates his first NHL goal with Nick Schmaltz as New Jersey defenseman Matt Tennyson looks on moments after the two connected on a two-on-one to give the Coyotes a 4-3 lead with 18:15 to play in the third period on Friday night at Prudential Center. (Photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

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