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Final Look: Coyotes Return, Split Season Series With Anaheim

Hinostroza, Crouse, and Schmaltz each finish with multi-point efforts in Wednesday's loss to the Ducks

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES RETURN, SPLIT SEASON SERIES WITH ANAHEIM

Playing their first game in 10 days, the Coyotes fell short of the win column Wednesday night, falling to the Anaheim Ducks by a 4-2 final at Honda Center.

It was the teams' fourth and final meeting of the regular season; Arizona finished the year with a 2-2 record against Anaheim.

"We gave them two or three goals, chasing the game," head coach Rick Tocchet said. "We needed a little bit more from the veterans tonight. We just gave them two or three goals, it's hard to chase the game."

The Ducks opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first period to take a 1-0 lead.

Moments thereafter, Vinnie Hinostroza connected with a wrist shot from the slot to tie the game, 1-1, with 12:42 left in the first, finishing an aggressive up-ice attack that included the likes of Nick Schmaltz and Lawson Crouse to net his fifth goal of the campaign.

Schmaltz registered the 100th assist of his NHL career on Hinostroza's goal, credited with the secondary helper.

Anaheim reclaimed the lead, 2-1, late in the opening frame and tacked on another goal early in the second to build a 3-1 advantage.

With just under four minutes left to play in the second period, Crouse flew past Anaheim coverage to retrieve a bank pass from Schmaltz, ultimately beating John Gibson with a backhand shot from a sharp angle to get the Coyotes back to within one, 3-2 with 3:59 remaining in the frame.

The Ducks struck for a shorthanded tally with under a minute remaining in the second to take a 4-2 lead, the night's eventual final score.

Neither team scored in the third period.

Antti Raanta stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced in the loss.

Hinostroza (1G, 1A), Crouse (1G, 1A) and Schmaltz (2A) finished the night with two points each.

Christian Fischer played in his 200th career NHL game Wednesday night to become the eighth Coyotes player to reach that milestone this season.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #52: ARIZONA (2) at ANAHEIM (4)

  • SOG: ARI - 27, ANA - 32
  • PP: ARI - 0/5, ANA - 0/4

ARIZONA SCORING:

ANAHEIM SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I think we could've played much better; we had a lot of time off there to regroup and gather our energy and obviously it's a little upsetting coming back and playing that way, it's not to our identity, we need to play better."

Lawson Crouse, on Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Anaheim

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Antti Raanta's three-on-one poise

Three-on-ones are rather rare, and they often favor the forwards on attack.

Antti Raanta, though, remained calm and collected as he found himself in such a difficult scenario when Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf, Jakob Silfverberg, and Rickard Rakell skated in utlizing plenty of time and space with only one Coyotes defender back.

Silfverberg's first and second opportunities were denied and Rakell's last-ditch follow-up effort was smothered by Raanta, who extinguished the threat to keep the Coyotes to within two goals late in the second period.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Vinnie Hinostroza's first period goal

If you were to select two of the best players on the ice for the Coyotes on Wednesday night, Vinnie Hinostroza and Lawson Crouse would certainly have the strongest cases.

They, along with Nick Schmaltz, teamed up to produce the Coyotes' first goal of the evening, tying the game, 1-1, with 12:42 remaining in the first period.

Schmaltz sprung Crouse with a pass in the neutral zone as the two barreled north with speed and into Anaheim territory. With acute peripheral vision, Crouse fed a trailing Hinostroza, who dialed up with a wrist shot from the slot to finish a decorated sequence.

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PHOTO FINISH

In memoriam. The clock hits 0.0 prior to Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center following a 24-second moment of silence held for Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and all nine souls that perished in Sunday's helicopter accident in nearby Calabasas. (Photo Credit: John Cordes - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Sean M. Haffey - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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