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Final Look: Coyotes Secure Second-Straight Shootout Win

Become the first team in NHL history to defeat the previous two Stanley Cup champions on the road on consecutive nights

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES SECURE SECOND-STRAIGHT SHOOTOUT WIN

For the second straight night, the Coyotes came out victorious in a game that required a shootout, topping the St. Louis Blues by a 3-2 final at Enterprise Center.

The Coyotes, adding to their win over the Washington Capitals on Monday, became the first team to beat the previous two Stanley Cup championship teams on back-to-back nights on the road in NHL history.

After hitting a snag in their travels from Washington D.C., the team didn't get to their team hotel in St. Louis until 3:30 AM Tuesday morning.

"Getting in at the hour we did to the hotel, I don't think anyone felt good coming to the rink today," Darcy Kuemper said. "So it was just important that we focused on the details we've been talking about, and even though the legs weren't there, guys were just working through it."

The Blues opened the scoring late in the first period to take a 1-0 lead.

With just over 13 minutes remaining in the second period, Clayton Keller intercepted a Blues pass in the heart of St. Louis' slot before transitioning to fire a shot off the far post and into the back of the net, tying the game 1-1.

St. Louis responded to take a 2-1 lead in the late stages of the middle frame.

While operating on their second power play of the evening early in the third period, Keller found Conor Garland with a cross-ice pass as the two fled in on a rush. Garland, dropping to one knee, shoveled the puck home to tie the game, 2-2, with 14:02 remaining in regulation.

Garland's goal snapped the Coyotes' 0-for-18 skid on the power play, a slump that dated back to November 2.

Tied after regulation, the Coyotes extended to overtime for the seventh time this season. Following a scoreless extra frame, they went to their third shootout of the year, and their second in as many nights.

Nick Schmaltz and Garland scored in the first two rounds, while Kuemper denied both of St. Louis' breakaway bids.

Coyotes goaltenders are perfect in shootouts this season (Kuemper 5-for-5, Raanta 2-for-2). Schmaltz has scored on all three of his attempts, while Garland is 2-for-3.

"I'm proud of the guys," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "The circumstances, the tough schedule, not much sleep, and that's a hell of a hockey club over there. A little bit of rope-a-dope and it was nice to win this game."

With the win, the Coyotes passed the Calgary Flames to assume second-place in the Pacific Division.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #19: ARIZONA (3) at ST. LOUIS (2) F/SO

  • SOG: ARI - 22, STL - 35
  • PP: ARI - 1/3, STL - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

ST. LOUIS SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"Just wanted to make it a dirty, mucky game, we didn't want to get into an track meet with these guys, especially with how hard the game was last night. And with our schedule and everything, we just needed timely scoring and a big time effort from Kuemps, and we got both."

Conor Garland, on Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 1-0, with 13:13 to remaining in the second period.

St. Louis area native Clayton Keller had himself a huge game, registering his second multi-point performance of the year, having a direct hand in both of the Coyotes' regulation goals on Tuesday night.

Before he would set up Conor Garland for the crucial third period tally that would eventually force the game to overtime and a shootout, Keller wiped out the Coyotes' first deficit of the evening when he intercepted a pass in St. Louis' zone to score his fourth goal of the season.

Corralling his stolen puck in the heart of the slot, Keller, with a quick juke to his left to evade a Blues defender, snapped a wrist shot off the far post and into the net to tie the game, 1-1, with just over 13 minutes left to play in the second.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 2-2, the first and second rounds of the shootout.

Placement, not power. Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland teamed up in the shootout for the second straight night to help the Coyotes secure another dramatic two points on the road.

Darcy Kuemper did the dirty work, turning away both of St. Louis' two shooters, Tyler Bozak and Ryan O"Reilly.

Schmaltz and Garland each went low with forehand shots, utilizing patience to pick their spots, scoring in succession to clinch the win.

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PHOTO FINISH

Hometown kid. Swansea native Clayton Keller skates by the Coyotes bench after scoring Tuesday night with friends and family in attendance, flying by for congratulatory fist bumps after tying the game, 1-1, early in the second period. (Photo Credit: Scott Rovak / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Keith Gillett - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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