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Final Look: Coyotes Proud of Performance Following Close Call in Toronto

Arizona leaves Toronto with a point following controversial call in overtime

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES PROUD OF PERFORMANCE FOLLOWING CLOSE CALL IN TORONTO

For a moment, it stood as a victory, though a goalie interference call rescinded what appeared to be Jakob Chychrun 's overtime game-winning goal on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena, the Coyotes ultimately falling 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in extra time.

The overtime defeat evens the Coyotes' record to 1-1-1 through the first three games of the road trip, which comes to a close Thursday night in Ottawa.

"I thought we had a lot of jump in our step, we had that win last night in Montreal and I thought we played a good game," said Adin Hill . "I thought all around it was honestly just a good hockey game, but we came out point short."

It didn't take long for Arizona to strike in Toronto on Tuesday, Christian Dvorak doing so just over a minute into the contest when he jammed home a puck from the far-side slot to finish off a fantastic forecheck-heavy shift.

Dvorak's goal, his 17th of the season, gave Arizona a 1-0 lead with 18:56 left in the first.

The Maple Leafs answered with 5:37 remaining in the opening frame, tying the game 1-1.

Next up on the score sheet was Carl Soderberg , who buried a backhander in the waning moments of the second period to cash in on a sequence of overwhelming offensive pressure put on by he and his line mates.

Soderberg's goal was the 100th of his NHL career, and it gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead with 46 seconds left in the middle frame.

Toronto tied the game, 2-2, with 18:27 left to play in the third period.

The teams extended to overtime, and shortly after Chychrun's goal was waived off due to a goalie interference ruling on Derek Stepan , the Maple Leafs countered to net the game's deciding goal with 1:17 remaining in the extra frame.

Hill stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced in the loss.

"We played good, really good," head coach Rick Tocchet said of the team's performance. "Guys put their you-know-what on the line and they did a great job."

The Coyotes have now earned points in each of their last 10 games played in Toronto, they have not lost in regulation to the Maple Leafs as visitors since October 17, 2002.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #59: ARIZONA (2) at TORONTO (3) F/OT

  • SOG: ARI - 37, TOR - 41
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, TOR - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

TORONTO SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I thought we played a pretty solid game for the most part, we played our game most of the way and obviously there was a tough bounce there at the end, it would've been nice to get the second point."

Christian Dvorak, on Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Adin Hill's breakaway save on Alexander Kerfoot

With under nine minutes left to play in regulation, Adin Hill stood calm and cool as Toronto's Alexander Kerfoot sped in alone after blocking a shot during a Coyotes power play.

Steady as Kerfoot approached, Hill read the Maple Leafs forward's move perfectly to deny the attempt with a clean glove save.

Hill's save served as his 27th of the evening and kept the game tied 2-2 with 8:45 remaining in the third period.

"I just saw him fake the shot," Hill said. "He pulled it to his backhand and I slid across with him."

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Christian Dvorak's slam dunk game-opening tally

The Coyotes flipped the script on Tuesday night. This time, they were the team to strike in the game's opening minutes.

A tight, aggressive forecheck led Taylor Hall to recover and find Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a pass atop the left point. Ekman-Larsson directed a one-timer toward the net that Conor Garland kicked out to Christian Dvorak, who reacted swiftly to bury.

Dvorak's tally gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead a mere 64 seconds into the contest.

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PHOTO FINISH

Oliver's got extension. Cutting down the angle and dislodging the puck from Kasperi Kapanen's possession in the first period of Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena, Oliver Ekman-Larsson dives to nullify the opposition's attack with long reach and all-out effort. (Photo Credit: Mark Blinch - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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