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Final Look: Coyotes Pace Pacific With Deciding Victory in Detroit

Keller scores twice, Gross registers first NHL point, and Raanta makes 28 saves in Arizona's 5-2 win

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES PACE PACIFIC WITH DECIDING VICTORY IN DETROIT

The Coyotes picked up a pair of crucial points Sunday night in a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings as they continue to pace a packed Pacific Division with one more game left before the holiday break.

Clayton Keller played a marvelous game, finishing the night with three points. Taylor Hall struck with a seeing-eye shot to score his first goal in a Coyotes uniform. Jordan Gross , skating in his NHL debut, registered his first NHL point.

And Antti Raanta put forth a highly dependable 28-save performance.

"Antti was good, he was just solid, you could tell that he was ready to play," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "He looked big in the net tonight."

Keller got the Coyotes in a groove early, netting the first of his two first period goals with 6:35 to play in the opening frame, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead when he found the back of the net with a one-timer tally on a rush with Nick Schmaltz .

With 3:17 remaining in the first, Keller scored his second of the game, doubling the Coyotes' lead to 2-0 when he again received from Schmaltz before walking in to deposit a wrist shot low to the blocker side from the top of the right circle.

Carl Soderberg whacked home a shot from close quarters during the opening shift of the second, giving the Coyotes a 3-0 lead heading into the third period.

While working with an extra attacker during a delayed penalty with 14:19 remaining in regulation, Hall whistled home a wrist shot to give the Coyotes a 4-0 lead.

The Red Wings got on the board 10:01 to play, cutting the Coyotes' lead to 4-1.

A mere 27 seconds later, Christian Dvorak reclaimed a four-goal lead for the Coyotes, putting Arizona up 5-1 with a redirection. Dvorak's goal served as his 100th NHL point; Gross' secondary assist on the marker served as his first NHL point.

Detroit added the final goal of the night with 4:29 left on the clock.

With the win, the Coyotes improved to 13-4-3 on the road this season and 13-4-0 in games following a loss.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #38: ARIZONA (5) at DETROIT (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 45, DET - 30
  • PP: ARI - 0/0, DET - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

DETROIT SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I thought it was a huge bounce-back game for us. I thought we played a good game all night, stuck to the game plan, and we got a huge two points out of it."

Clayton Keller , on Sunday's 5-2 win over the Red Wings

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Clayton Keller's two-way game

Clayton Keller stole the show with his two first period goals Sunday night and finished the game with three points (2G, 1A), becoming the first player in Coyotes history to register four three-point games before his 22nd birthday.

It was Keller's presence in the defensive zone, however, that put such a wholesome touch on his performance.

First, blocking a Trevor Daley shot to carry play the other way to lead to his first goal, and later on a backcheck to disrupt Luke Glendening's back-door bid in the second period.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Taylor Hall's first goal in a Coyotes uniform

An absolute laser of a wrist shot.

The Coyotes worked the perimeter of Detroit's zone during a delayed penalty in the early stages of the third period. Taylor Hall received a diagonal pass from Jordan Oesterle , and with plenty of time and space, deposited to the top right corner past Jimmy Howard's glove.

Hall's goal, his seventh of the season and first with the Coyotes, gave Arizona a commanding 4-0 lead with 14:19 left in regulation. He has registered a point in all three games since the trade.

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PHOTO FINISH

Hall for one, one for Hall. Taylor Hall skates past the bench after scoring his first goal with the Coyotes, bumping fists with a grinning Alex Goligoski upon giving Arizona a 4-0 lead in the early stages of the third period of the team's eventual 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. (Photo Credit: Dave Reginek - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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