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Final Look: Coyotes Tack On Late in Loss to Toronto

Vinnie Hinostroza connects in the final seconds; Darcy Kuemper puts forth his seventh 30-plus save performance

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES TACK ON LATE IN LOSS TO TORONTO

The Coyotes fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 3-1 score on Thursday night at Gila River Arena, finishing their three-game home stand with a 2-1-0 record.

At the tail-end of a rather choppy first period of play, the Maple Leafs struck to kick-start the scoring, Tyson Barrie finding the back of the net with 46 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Barrie's goal ended the Coyotes' shutout streak at 147:03.

With just over four minutes remaining in the second period, the Coyotes were granted the game's first power play of the evening. After recording three shots as they established zone time and pressure, a costly turnover sent Toronto's Pierre Engvall the other way. Engvall, shorthanded, capitalized on his breakaway to give the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead with 3:11 to play in the second.

Toronto upped its lead to 3-0 less than a minute into the third period via an Auston Matthews goal from the slot.

Vinnie Hinostroza got the Coyotes on the board as the clock wound down on regulation, depositing from the back-door after a Jordan Oesterle shot caromed off traffic into the skates of Christian Dvorak , who kicked the puck over to Hinostroza.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced, recording his seventh 30-plus save performance of the season.

"I don't think it's any secret that it wasn't our best night as a group," Kuemper said. "We knew that obviously there was a big shakeup [with the Maple Leafs] and that they were going to come out hungry, and that's what they did. They kept things simple and they worked hard, and they got rewarded for it tonight."

Conor Garland registered a team-high four shots in the loss, Brad Richardson four hits, and Jakob Chychrun five blocks.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #23: ARIZONA (1) vs. TORONTO (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 31, TOR - 33
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, TOR - 0/0

ARIZONA SCORING:

TORONTO SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I do like this group because they've bounced back from some bad games, so I am comfortable that they'll bounce back, which is good. We're going to need the leadership group tomorrow to get guys ready, the coaching staff. I'm comfortable with these guys bouncing back, for sure."

Rick Tocchet, on the team moving past Thursday's 3-1 loss

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 3-0, with 0:16 left to play in the third period.

Shutout averted.

Though Vinnie Hinostroza's goal in the final seconds of regulation didn't make a difference in the game's outcome, it helped the Coyotes avoid their second shutout loss of the season.

With the clock winding down, Jordan Oesterle fired into traffic. The puck from Oesterle's shot, after pinballing off bodies in front of Toronto's net, caromed into the skates of Christian Dvorak. Caught out of shooting position, Dvorak kicked over to Hinostroza, who went upstairs to beat Frederik Andersen for his third goal of the season.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Jason Demers to Toronto's Jake Muzzin in the second period.

A little bit of good sportsmanship is always refreshing. There's nothing wrong with lending a hand.

Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin lost handle of his stick in the second period, and right after the ensuing play was whistled dead, Jason Demers did his counterpart a quick favor.

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PHOTO FINISH

In focus. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper makes his final preparations under the spotlight as he prepares to make his 15th start of the season just prior to the start of Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Christian Petersen - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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