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Final Look: Coyotes Embrace Home Ice, Down Ducks With Spread Scoring

All 12 Arizona forwards register a point in Thursday's 4-2 win over Anaheim

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES EMBRACE HOME ICE, DOWN DUCKS WITH SPREAD SCORING

Three third period goals propelled the Coyotes to a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

All four lines shared the wealth on the score sheet as all 12 forwards registered a point.  

The victory improves Arizona to 50 points in the standings, a total the 2018-19 club didn't attain until January 22 last season.

"We knew it was a big game for us," said captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson , who played in his 700th NHL game. "We knew that we had to start putting some wins together at home in front of our fans."

The Coyotes inched back to .500 on home ice with their second consecutive home win, an aspect of their game they've been insistent to improve upon during the latter half of the season.

Lawson Crouse scored the first goal of the 2020 calendar year with 5:32 remaining in the first period to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead, rolling off of front-net coverage to bury a Phil Kessel shot that caromed off the back boards.

The Ducks tied the game, 1-1, in the waning seconds of the opening frame.

Anaheim claimed its first and only lead of the night, building a 2-1 advantage with 17:36 to play in the second period.

Entering the third period trailing by that same score, the Coyotes rallied for three goals in the opening 7:49 of the final 20 minutes, including two tallies in a 1:02 span.

Christian Dvorak tied the game, 2-2, with 19:34 left in regulation when he keyed in on a scramble in front of Anaheim's net to deposit a loose puck atop the crease.

Brad Richardson gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead with 13:13 left to play when he shoveled a Christian Fischer front-net feed into the back of the net to put the finishing touches on a well-executed zone entry.

Just over a minute after Richardson's marker, Carl Soderberg gave the Coyotes a 4-2 lead with 12:11 left on the clock when he redirected a Clayton Keller one-timer through John Gibson after driving to the net following an offensive zone faceoff win.

Antti Raanta made a total of 26 saves on the night to earn his eighth win of the season.

"It's nice for him to put up back-to-back wins, he stood tall when he had to tonight," head coach Rick Tocchet said of the Coyotes' goaltender following the game. "Raants deserves to get a workload here and it's paid off the last two games for us."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #43: ARIZONA (4) vs. ANAHEIM (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 34, ANA - 28
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, ANA - 0/1

ARIZONA SCORING:

ANAHEIM SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"We know we've got a lot of depth on this team and it was a big night for all four lines. Everyone played well, so it speaks volumes about our team."

Christian Dvorak, on all 12 forwards registering a point in Thursday's win

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Christian Dvorak's 10th goal of the season

Christian Dvorak was deservedly due, that's for sure.

Following up his magnificent performance on Tuesday night in which he tied a career-high with seven shots on goal, the 23-year-old found the back of the net to tie the game, 2-2, on the opening shift of the third period.

Dvorak became the fifth player to reach double-digits in goals scored this season, joining the likes of Conor Garland (14), Carl Soderberg (12), Clayton Keller (10), and Jakob Chycherun (10).

He now has three goals against the Ducks this season.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Brad Richardson's game-winning goal

Drop, stumble, and goal.

Christian Fischer didn't let a prime opportunity go to waste after collecting a Vinnie Hinostroza drop pass with 13:13 remaining in regulation, recalibrating and finding his balance to opt for the last-second passing option rather than shoot from point-blank range.

One-on-one with John Gibson, Fischer double clutched and elected to feed a trailing Brad Richardson, who exposed a Ducks defense caught watching to shovel home and give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead, the night's eventual game-winning goal.

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PHOTO FINISH

A game-winning grin. Forward Brad Richardson cracks a smile on the bench shortly after scoring his second goal of the season to give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead in Arizona's eventual 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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