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Final Look: Coyotes Come Up Short In 'Hard Fought' Boston Match-Up

Kessel and Chychrun get on the board, Hill makes 26 saves on short notice

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES COME UP SHORT IN 'HARD-FOUGHT' BOSTON MATCH-UP

Tested with a quick turnaround to take on the Boston Bruins in a matinee affair to begin their four-game eastern road trip, the Coyotes fell just short at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon by a 4-2 final.

The team was forced to make a last-minute change to its lineup, which was initially supposed to mirror the one used Thursday night against Carolina after Antti Raanta left warm-ups early.

Adin Hill was notified he would get the Coyotes' net while on the ice prior to the game.

"You prepare the same whether you're starting or backing up, so I was ready to go if I needed to," said Hill, who made 26 saves on the afternoon. Raanta is considered day-to-day.

Following a scoreless first period, Phil Kessel cashed in during the depths of a five-minute power play, jamming home a loose puck from the near post to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with 17:34 left in the second.

The Bruins responded with three goals of their own later in the middle frame, including two power play tallies, to take a 3-1 lead.

The Coyotes got back to within a goal during the opening shift of the third period when Jakob Chychrun supported a Coyotes rush, eventually snapping home a Clayton Keller hand-off from the left circle high to the glove side, cutting the Bruins' lead with 3-2 with 19:43 remaining in regulation.

The Bruins added into an empty net to take a 4-2 lead with under a minute to play.

"We played hard, they had a couple power play goals, couple fluky ones, tough one," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "But I thought we played hard and had a couple looks there to tie it. I'm proud of the team and the way they played, tough circumstances and we played a good game."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #57: ARIZONA (2) at BOSTON (4)

  • SOG: ARI - 31, BOS - 33
  • PP: ARI - 1/4, BOS - 2/4

ARIZONA SCORING:

BOSTON SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"There's ups and downs throughout every season, you're going to have good times and bad times, we've just got to get back into those good times. I believe in this group, we've got a great group here, a lot of great young players and we're going to fight our way out of this and figure it out."

Phil Kessel, following Saturday's 4-2 loss to Boston

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Aaron Ness' third period shot block

With just over 16 minutes left to play in regulation, and moments after Jakob Chychrun scored to get the Coyotes to within one goal of tying the game, Aaron Ness stepped up to nullify David Krejci's sure-fire opportunity from the heart of the slot.

Ness, banged up after taking Krejci's shot to what looked to be the inside part of his left leg, finished the play to take away a front-net passing lane on the Bruins' ensuing possession.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Jakob Chychrun's third period goal

Vinnie Hinostroza sparked the Coyotoes through the neutral zone during the opening shift of the third period, finding Clayton Keller, who sped into Boston territory before being denied of his shot attempt.

Jakob Chychrun, joining and shadowing the rush from the back end of the play, provided an easy outlet for Keller, who handed off. With in-stride momentum, Chychrun snapped a shot high glove side to cut the Coyotes' deficit to one.

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PHOTO FINISH

Celebrating with number six. Clayton Keller and Ilya Lyubushkin surround teammate Jakob Chychrun moments after he snapped home the Coyotes' second goal of the day in the opening seconds of the third period of the team's 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. (Photo Credit: Steve Babineau - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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