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Final Look: Dvorak Sparks, Completes Coyotes' Shootout Win over Ducks

Christian Dvorak spurs Arizona with two first period goals and deposits the game-decider in the fourth round of the shootout

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

DVORAK SPARKS, COMPLETES COYOTES' SHOOTOUT WIN

Going the distance yet again, the Coyotes persevered late into the night on Wednesday to secure a 4-3 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena.

With the victory, the Coyotes improved to 6-1-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season.

Coupled with the Edmonton Oilers' 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Arizona heads into the Thanksgiving holiday just two points back of first place in the division.

Christian Dvorak opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game, cashing in on the Coyotes' first power play of the night when he redirected an Oliver Ekman-Larsson point shot past John Gibson to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

The Ducks tied the score, 1-1, with 13:38 remaining in the first.

Dvorak reclaimed the lead for the Coyotes with 1:38 left in the opening frame, scoring his second goal of the night with a backhand shot from the top of Anaheim's crease to give Arizona a 2-1 advantage.

Anaheim scored the second period's lone goal; the teams entered the third tied, 2-2.

In the third, the Ducks claimed their first lead of the night, 3-2, with 10:00 remaining in regulation.

A mere 38 seconds after Anaheim took its first and only lead of the night, Alex Goligoski connected with a slap shot from the left point that ricochet off of a Ducks defenseman and past Gibson to tie the game, 3-3, with 9:22 to play.

Tied at the end of regulation, the Coyotes extended to overtime for the ninth time this season. Neither team would score during 3-on-3 play.

Conor Garland (2nd Round) and Dvorak (4th Round) scored for the Coyotes in the shootout; Darcy Kuemper stopped three of Anaheim's four attempts.

Kuemper made a total of 31 saves on the evening.

Phil Kessel logged 20:11 of ice time, a team-high among forwards in what was his 800th consecutive NHL game, a streak that began on November 3, 2009.

Goligoski's third period goal upped his season point total to 15 (2G, 13A), which ties him with Clayton Keller for second on the roster.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #26: ARIZONA (4) vs. ANAHEIM (3) F/SO

  • SOG: ARI - 28, ANA - 34
  • PP: ARI - 1/2, ANA - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

ANAHEIM SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"Yes, of course we'll take two points anytime we get the win, especially against a division team. It's a good job by Kuemps [Kuemper] in the shootout there and obviously Dvo [Dvorak] with two goals, and we got the win in the shootout."

Conor Garland, on Wednesday's 4-3 shootout win

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak shootout goals.

Smooth in the shootout to secure the win.

Simple, with a bit of deception with his head and shoulders, Conor Garland beat John Gibson high to the glove side in the bottom of the second round.

No frills, and with a quick one-two stickhandle, Christian Dvorak clinched the game with his shot low to the blocker side in the bottom of the fourth round.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Christian Dvorak's two first period goals.

Establishing front-net position, Christian Dvorak twice delivered early; first to open the scoring and then to answer and counter Anaheim's equalizer.

While stationed in the slot as the Coyotes operated during their first power play of the night, Dvorak got a stick on an Oliver Ekman-Larsson slap shot to alter the puck's direction, showcasing sharp hand-eye coordination.

In the latter stages of the opening frame, Dvorak tracked a Vinnie Hinostroza feed and scooped up the loose puck atop Anaheim's crease to deposit a backhander upstairs.

For Dvorak, it was his second multi-goal game of the season.

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PHOTO FINISH

It's great, even late. The Coyotes' bench is all smiles as they prepare to congratulate Conor Garland after his shootout goal in the bottom of the second round, giving the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in a shootout they'd eventually win, 2-1, in four rounds, to beat the Anaheim Ducks by a 4-3 final Wednesday night at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Kevin Anggara / Arizona Coyotes)

Lead Photo Credit: Kevin Anggara - Arizona Coyotes // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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