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Final Look: Coyotes' Early Lead Gives Way In Home Stand Finale

Goligoski and Dvorak activate milestones, Garland nets team-leading 19th goal, Raanta turns away 26

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES' EARLY LEAD GIVES WAY IN HOME STAND FINALE

The Coyotes couldn't uphold the early momentum built on Thursday night at Gila River Arena, falling to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 5-3 final.

The loss snapped the Coyotes' eight-game home point streak; it was the club's first regulation defeat suffered at Gila River Arena since December 29.

Alex Goligoski claimed a first period lead for Arizona after Lawson Crouse and Derek Stepan won board battles deep in Carolina territory, directing a strategically-placed wrist shot that deflected off the stick of a Hurricanes forward and into the net to give the Coyotes a 1-0 edge with 4:15 remaining in the opening frame.

Goligoski, who's had a rejuvenated season, matched his 2018-19 point total (27) with his goal, doing so in 21 fewer games.

The Coyotes' power play converted early in the second when Christian Dvorak tipped a Nick Schmaltz shot and jammed home the ensuing rebound from in-close to give Arizona a 2-0 lead with 15:54 remaining in the middle frame.

Dvorak set a new single-season career-high, netting his 16th goal of the campaign, surpassing his mark of 15 set during his first two NHL seasons.

Carolina scored three goals in a 5:55 span later in the second to quickly turn the game's tide and take a 3-2 lead.

The Hurricanes upped their advantage to 4-2 just over a minute into the third.

With 16:33 left in regulation, Conor Garland buried his team-leading 19th goal of the year as he snuck toward Carolina's back-door to angle home a Jakob Chychrun one-timer.

Carolina subdued the Coyotes' comeback effort with an empty net marker with 33 seconds left in the game.

"We liked our start tonight, just a couple mistakes, and against a good team those are in the back of your net," Garland said. "We've got a big-time road trip coming up, we definitely need to get going here and get these points."

Antti Raanta stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced in the loss.

Arizona finished its home stand with a 1-1-2 record, earning four of eight points.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #56: ARIZONA (3) vs. CAROLINA (5)

  • SOG: ARI - 33, CAR - 31
  • PP: ARI - 1/5, CAR - 0/2

ARIZONA SCORING:

CAROLINA SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"We got off to a good start, a couple mental lapses and those hurt. We made some mistakes that we didn't make the other night, but we fought back and gave ourselves a chance there, we needed to convert one more of those."

Conor Garland, on Thursday's 5-3 loss to Carolina

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Antti Raanta's breakaway save on Andrei Svechnikov

Though the scoreboard won't tell this side of the story, Antti Raanta made a number of big saves when he needed to. The Hurricanes attacked to create numerous high-percentage scoring chances throughout the night, and for the most part, when Raanta was faced with a clean look, he made the stop.

Of those stops came his breakaway denial of Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov, who in vying for a hat trick, couldn't convert as he fled in alone with just over 13 minutes left in regulation.

Raanta's save on Svechnikov came minutes after Conor Garland got the Coyotes back to within a goal, keeping Arizona within striking distance of tying the game.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Conor Garland's back-door redirect goal

You've come to expect something from Conor Garland every single night, and on Thursday, he didn't disappoint as he tipped home his team-leading 19th goal of the season to cut the Coyotes' deficit to one in the third period.

Hiding behind coverage as Carolina defenders gravitated toward the puck that was rimmed up the boards to Jakob Chychrun, Garland sat undetected on the back-door and showcased quick reflexes to redirect Chychrun's one-timer into an open net.

The 23-year-old slinky forward now has 10 points (5G, 5A) in the team's last nine games.

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PHOTO FINISH

'And the next selection in the 2034 NHL Draft is…' A young fan sporting a Jakob Chychrun jersey watches warm-ups from the glass in his father's arms while Lawson Crouse cruises by prior to Thursday night's game at Gila River Arena, a 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. (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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