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Final Look: Coyotes' Trip Comes To A Close In Carolina

Arizona finishes its three-game Atlantic swing with a 1-2-0 record

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES' TRIP COMES TO A CLOSE IN CAROLINA

The Coyotes capped off their three-game Atlantic road trip on Friday night, falling to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 3-0 score at PNC Arena.

Carolina, operating on three days' rest as the Coyotes played their second game in as many nights, came out fast, taking a 1-0 lead with 5:40 to play in the first period.

Momentum began to swing in the Coyotes' favor in the second period, but Carolina's Petr Mrazek shone as he shut down Arizona's attempts to tie the game.

The Hurricanes struck for two goals in a 1:03 window during the final 1:13 of play in the second period to take a 3-0 lead heading into the third.

Antti Raanta , who stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced through the first 40 minutes of action, did not return for the third period due to a lower-body injury.

The Coyotes held the Hurricanes to one shot on goal in the third period, that shot coming with 1:36 remaining in regulation. Adin Hill turned away the lone puck he saw.

"They had those two unfortunate goals, two goals in the last minute [of the second period]," head coach Rick Tocchet said, assessing the contest. "I liked our game, I thought we played well. Obviously, we've got to score goals, six periods we haven't scored. We need to score, I get it, but I thought we were pretty good tonight. Their goals there, they were just unfortunate."

Despite the loss, the Coyotes still possess a share of first-place in the Pacific Division, tied atop the grouping with the Vegas Golden Knights. The teams each own 54 standings points.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #47: ARIZONA (0) at CAROLINA (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 32, CAR - 29
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, CAR - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

  • No Scoring

CAROLINA SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I liked our effort tonight, I'm fine with this team. We're going to get some healthy bodies back. The Tampa game, this game, these goals that are going in that weren't going in before, they're just some unfortunate bad bounces. But we're not scoring goals, we need to score some goals."

Rick Tocchet, on Friday's 3-0 loss to Carolina

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Taylor Hall's two-way play

Taylor Hall's offensive game was showcased at the start of the road trip, and he ended the venture with a sound presence in the defensive zone, highlighted by his shot block and lane disruption of Carolina's Jaccob Slavin in the first period.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Antti Raanta's shorthanded breakaway save

The Hurricanes threatened while Arizona operated on its first power play of the evening, but Antti Raanta denied Carolina's shorthanded bid, turning away Sebastian Aho as the forward fled in on a breakaway looking for a five-hole opening.

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PHOTO FINISH

Captain crunch. Oliver Ekman-Larsson lays a hit on Carolina's Warren Foegele, forcing the Hurricanes forward off the puck in the defensive zone during the first period of Friday's 3-0 loss at PNC Arena. (Photo Credit: Gregg Forwerck - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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