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Final Look: Coyotes' Convincing Effort Lands Commanding Win Over Chicago

Arizona claims sole possession of first place; four players register multiple points in Thursday's 5-2 win

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES' CONVINCING EFFORT LANDS COMMANDING WIN OVER CHICAGO

Starting fast and establishing home identity: two elements the Coyotes focused their attention toward on Thursday night, and both of which they accomplished in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Gila River Arena.

With the win, the Coyotes claimed sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division, and are now two points up on the second place Edmonton Oilers.

"Everyone prepared and I think everyone had a good start," said Vinnie Hinostroza , who had a direct hand in Arizona's outstanding start, registering an assist on all three first period goals. "We did all of the stuff we needed to do, that's the way we want to play."

In a reversal of the teams' meeting this past Sunday, the Coyotes, this time, were the team to put up a three-spot in the opening frame, fueled by two goals in a 2:07 span in the first five minutes of the contest.

Michael Grabner gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with 17:04 to play in the first and Clayton Keller upped Arizona's lead to 2-0 with 14:47 remaining in the opening frame, both players finishing solo rushes after receiving magnificent stretch passes.

Brad Richardson closed out the early scoring, netting his first goal of the season with 4:56 to play in the first when he got a piece of a Jakob Chychrun point shot in the heart of the slot to beat Robin Lehner, giving the Coyotes a commanding 3-0 lead.

Chicago chipped away with its first goal of the night, cutting the Coyotes' lead to 3-1 with 13:58 to go in the second.

Nick Schmaltz reclaimed a three-goal lead for Arizona when he pounced on a Christian Dvorak offensive zone faceoff win, danced through Patrick Kane, and deposited a wrist shot to put the Coyotes up 4-1 with 11:35 remaining in the second.

The Blackhawks again cut into the Coyotes' lead with a goal in the third period, but Keller responded for his second marker of the night, roofing a backhand shot from tight quarters with 2:07 remaining in regulation, giving Arizona a 5-2 lead, the night's eventual final score.

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves in the win, matching the second-highest single-season win total of his NHL career in earning his 14th victory of the campaign.

Nine different skaters recorded a point for the Coyotes, four finished with multiple: Hinostroza (3A), Keller (2G), Richardson (1G, 1A), and Dvorak (2A).

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TRACKING IT

GAME #34: ARIZONA (5) vs. CHICAGO (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 40, CHI - 30
  • PP: ARI - 0/4, CHI - 1/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

CHICAGO SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"We owe our goaltenders; sometimes we've got to help them out, they've been there for us. Kuemper played really well, he was really good, we let Raanta hang to dry Tuesday, so it's nice to win these games for the goaltenders. We owe them to play the right way and to score some goals, and we did tonight."

Rick Tocchet, on Thursday's 5-2 victory

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes leading, 4-1, with 15:25 remaining in the third period

Chicago's Brandon Saad was off and running with a sure-fire scoring chance in the early stages of the third period as the Coyotes worked to maintain a three-goal lead.

Jakob Chychrun extinguished Saad's opportunity, chasing down the Blackhawks' forward with a ferocious backcheck, dislodging the puck from the shooter's stick as he approached a prime shooting area, swatting at the blade of the possessor's stick to nullify the threat.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes' skilled scoring

Not one, not two, not three, but four (!!!) highlight-reel goals scored by the Coyotes Thursday night as they roared to victory.

Michael Grabner's top corner tally to open the scoring, Clayton Keller's five hole find to add, Nick Schmaltz's slick stickhandle through Patrick Kane, and Keller's ode to Grabner with a top shelf backhand goal of his own.

"We got some highlight goals tonight," Rick Tocchet said. "Schmaltz's goal was pretty special, Keller's backhand and Grabner's backhand, those are tough, those are high-level goals."

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PHOTO FINISH

Air Goligoski. Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski hops onto the ice prior to pregame introductions, getting a bit of air time before the puck dropped to begin Thursday night's game at Gila River Arena, a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall - Getty Images)

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

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