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Final Look: Coyotes Edged by Canucks Thursday Night

Arizona maintains a share of first-place following 3-1 loss to Vancouver

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES EDGED BY CANUCKS THURSDAY NIGHT

Seeing the Vancouver Canucks for the first time this season, the Coyotes fell on the short end of a tightly contested affair, dropping Thursday night's contest by a 3-1 final at Rogers Arena.

The Coyotes continue to maintain a share of first-place in the Pacific Division with the Calgary Flames; the two teams are tied with 57 points. Just two points separate the top five teams in the division.

Christian Dvorak connected for the game's opening tally, giving the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with 12:01 remaining in the first period when he followed through on a Taylor Hall pass from the slot, scoring his 12th goal of the season.

Hall's primary assist on Dvorak's goal gives him six points (3G, 3A) in his last three games and a total of 14 (6G, 8A) in 15 games since being acquired by the Coyotes on December 16.

The Canucks tied the game, 1-1, via a power play goal with 4:59 remaining in the opening frame.

Vancouver took its first lead of the night, 2-1, with 4:11 left in the second period. It would stand to be the game's eventual deciding goal. The Canucks added into an empty net with :44.2 seconds left in regulation.

Adin Hill made 22 saves. Michael Chaput, making his team debut following his recall from the Tucson Roadrunners on Wednesday, finished the night with two shots on goal, one shot block and one hit in 10:15 TOI.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #50: ARIZONA (1) at VANCOUVER (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 35, VAN - 25
  • PP: ARI - 0/2, VAN - 1/2

ARIZONA SCORING:

VANCOUVER SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I thought it was a pretty solid game here for us, but there are no moral victories, especially at this time of year. It's a tough one to lose and we need to make sure we're ready on Saturday."

Christian Dvorak, on Thursday's 3-1 loss to Vancouver

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Adin Hill's high-quality denials

Adin Hill did what the Coyotes needed him to do, and that was give the team a chance to win.

Hill stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced, three of those saves of the high-danger variety on Bo Horvat in the first period, Brandon Sutter early in the second period, and Horvat once again on a tricky between-the-legs maneuver late in the middle frame.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Lawson Crouse's hit on Adam Gaudette

Lawson Crouse entered the night leading all Coyotes skaters with 140 hits delivered this season and set a franchise record with 288 laid during the 2018-19 campaign.

The 6'4" 220 lbs. power forward registered a team-high four hits on Thursday, spotlighted by his knock of Adam Gaudette late in the third period as the Canucks forward attempted to weave his way out of the zone with the puck.

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PHOTO FINISH

The glove's good. Adin Hill reaches out to get a hand on Brandon Sutter's point-blank rebound attempt, denying the Vancouver forward to keep the Coyotes within a goal late in the second period of Thursday night's 3-1 loss to the Canucks at Rogers Arena. (Photo Credit: Devin Manky - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Dave Manky - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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