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Final Look: Coyotes Collect A Point To Open Home Stand

Nick Schmaltz and Christian Dvorak score for Arizona as the team extends its home point streak to six games

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES COLLECT A POINT TO OPEN HOME STAND

By all accounts, the Coyotes played a vastly improved game on Thursday night, but were still denied the win column in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena.

In spite of the end result, the team extended its point streak on home ice to six games (4-0-2).

"What I'm looking at and what most of us need to look at is, how do we build on the positives?" Derek Stepan said. "How do we get some momentum going our way and get some mojo? It's a tough sport to play when you're down on yourself, we have to try to turn the tides a bit."

The Kings struck for the opening period's lone goal just over eight minutes into the contest to take a 1-0 lead.

The Coyotes overcame that deficit in the second period with back-to-back tallies.

Nick Schmaltz connected with a wrist shot from the left circle seconds after a Coyotes power play had expired to tie the game, 1-1, with 8:38 to play in the middle frame.

Christian Dvorak followed up to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead with under a minute to play in the second, chipping home a rebound from a Taylor Hall shot.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Los Angeles was granted a late-game power play and tied the game, 2-2, on the man advantage with 2:54 remaining in regulation.

The Kings made short work of overtime, scoring the game-winner 24 seconds into the extra frame.

Adin Hill stopped 34 of the 37 shots he faced in the overtime loss.

"I think we're still pretty good," Schmaltz said of the team's morale. "Obviously, we've got to get back on track here, we've dropped a couple in a row but we're still right in the mix, you can't dwell on these losses. We got a point out of it tonight, but we've got to bounce back with a big effort on Saturday."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #53: ARIZONA (2) vs. LOS ANGELES (3) F/OT

  • SOG: ARI - 28, LAK - 37
  • PP: ARI - 0/2, LAK - 1/1

ARIZONA SCORING:

LOS ANGELES SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"There's no sense of beating ourselves up on it, we have no time to dwell on anything right now, there's zero time. We shift our focus to Saturday night, and each night the importance of those two points gets bigger and bigger."

Derek Stepan , on Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Los Angeles

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Adin Hill's penalty shot save

After Los Angeles' Austin Watson was taken down by a diving Oliver Ekman-Larsson as he sped in on a breakaway with 17:17 remaining in the second period, the Kings forward was awarded a penalty shot.

Adin Hill stayed center on Watson's approach, turning away the shooter with his blocker.

Hill's penalty shot save kept the Coyotes to within a goal early in the middle frame; they would take advantage by responding with two goals later in the period to build a 2-1 lead.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Nick Schmaltz's second period goal

Using a defender as a screen and pulling the trigger from an area of the ice he's been known to capitalize from, Nick Schmaltz tied the game, 1-1, with 8:38 remaining in the second period.

Lining up his shot, Schmaltz adjusted his release point with a subtle pull-in of his wrists to wire a seeing-eye wrister past Los Angeles' Jack Cambell low-blocker just inside the far post.

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PHOTO FINISH

Three amigos. Taylor Hall gives Conor Garland a tap as the two join to celebrate with Christian Dvorak after Dvorak scored to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead late in the second period of Thursday's eventual 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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