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Final Look: Coyotes Recover But Can't Match Senators Late

Ekman-Larsson and Oesterle score, Raanta makes 28 saves, Arizona finishes trip with 1-2-1 mark

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES RECOVER BUT CAN'T MATCH SENATORS LATE

After falling behind early, the Coyotes twice fought back to get within a goal, but eventually finished on the short-end on Thursday night, falling to the Ottawa Senators by a 3-2 score at Canadian Tire Center.

The Coyotes finished their road trip with a 1-2-1 record, earning three of a possible eight points, and return home to Arizona in possession of the Western Conference's second and final wild card playoff spot.

The Senators scored twice in the game's opening minutes to take a 2-0 lead, an advantage they would sustain until the late stages of the second period.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson put an exclamation point on a rather impressive middle frame for the Coyotes when he connected with a one-timer to cut the Senators' lead in half, 2-1, with 3:20 remaining in the second.

Arizona out-shot Ottawa by a 13-8 count in the second; Ekman-Larsson's power play goal was the club's fourth in its past five games.

"I thought we kept it really simple, and that's when we're a good team," Ekman-Larsson said of the Coyotes' second period performance. "We got it up to the forwards, got it deep and went after them, that's when we create a lot of chances down low with a lot of bodies and pucks to the net. That's how we have to play, and we've got to realize it."

The Senators reclaimed a two-goal lead to go up by a 3-1 score with 13:10 left in the third.

With 10:59 left in regulation, Jordan Oesterle intercepted an Ottawa pass in the neutral zone and sped in to bury a wrist shot to get the Coyotes back to within a goal, 3-2.

Arizona, however, would not find the equalizer.

Antti Raanta stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced in the loss.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #60: ARIZONA (2) at OTTAWA (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 33, OTT - 31
  • PP: ARI - 1/2, OTT - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

OTTAWA SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"There should be no excuses, we're coming down the final stretch where every point's a big point and we just didn't have [urgency] from the drop of the puck and that's on us. We take responsibility for it, we've got to step it up in this locker room, we have the guys to do the job and we've just got to go out there and do it."

Lawson Crouse , on Thursday's 3-2 loss to Ottawa

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Lawson Crouse's neutral zone hit to lead to Coyotes' second goal

Lawson Crouse took down two Senators players with one hit midway through the third period, connecting solid with Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki, who caused his teammate, Colin White to take a spill as well while falling to the ice.

Crouse's hit cleared a big-time lane for Jordan Oesterle's ensuing goal, which was scored seconds later as the Coyotes' defenseman took advantage of a wide-open neutral zone to attack Ottawa territory after intercepting a stretch pass.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Oliver Ekman-Larsson's power play one-timer

The Coyotes converted to score on the power play for the fourth time in the team's past five games with just over three minutes remaining in the second period, executing at a pivotal moment in the game to cut the Senators' lead in half.

After winning an offensive zone faceoff, Nick Schmaltz dropped for Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who after trading passes with Taylor Hall , hammered home the return feed past Marcus Hogberg low to the glove side.

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PHOTO FINISH

Captain and Co. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is congratulated by teammates Nick Schmaltz and Taylor Hall after connecting with his seventh goal of the season Thursday night, a power play strike late in the second period to get the Coyotes to within one in the team's eventual 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. (Photo Credit: Andre Ringuette - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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