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Final Look: Grabner Dishes 100th Assist Against Columbus

Soderberg and Chychrun score, Grabner reaches milestone, Kuemper hits 30-save mark for fourth time this season

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

GRABNER DISHES 100TH ASSIST AGAINST COLUMBUS

The Coyotes came up just short on Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Gila River Arena, falling by a 3-2 score to suffer their first regulation loss in the month of November.

It's the first time the Coyotes have dropped consecutive games since the start of the season, October 3rd at Anaheim and October 5th against Boston.

The Blue Jackets struck just 14 seconds into the contest, taking an early 1-0 lead on a redirect tally.

With 8:36 to play in the opening frame, Carl Soderberg connected for his fifth goal of the season to tie the game, 1-1. Stationed in front of the net, where he's known to do most of his damage, Soderberg hammered home a rebound from an Ilya Lyubushkin shot that Columbus' netminder failed to handle cleanly.

Michael Grabner registered his 100th-career NHL assist to set up the Coyotes' second goal of the night, delivering a cross-ice pass to Jakob Chychrun , who walked in to capitalize with a slap shot low to the glove side. Chychrun's goal, his third of the year, gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead with 8:36 to play in the second period.

The Blue Jackets tied the game, 2-2, with a power play goal with 2:24 to play in the second period.

Columbus took a 3-2 lead with 9:48 remaining in regulation, which would turn out to be the night's eventual game-deciding goal.

The Coyotes went 0-for-3 on the power play while surrendering one goal while on the penalty kill.

"We had a lot of chances off the power play and we really couldn't create anything off of it," said Oliver Ekman-Larsson . "On the other end, we took too many penalties and they scored on the power play, so we've got to do a better job to stay out of the box."

Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced, getting hit with his fourth losing decision of the season.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #16: ARIZONA (2) vs. COLUMBUS (3)

  • SOG: ARI - 32, CBJ - 33
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, CBJ - 1/5

ARIZONA SCORING:

COLUMBUS SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"The next game is going to be huge for us to bounce back and get a win. We're not going to use the schedule as an excuse, we've talked about that; we just want to play good hockey and get some wins, and that's what we need to get back to. It starts on Saturday."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson , on the team moving forward

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 1-1, with 15:36 remaining in the second period.

Calm and collected, Darcy Kuemper stood to the challenge to turn away Columbus' Cam Atkinson's point-blank opportunity early in the second.

After Atkinson snuck behind coverage as he received a pass, Kuemper remained square to the puck, cutting down the Blue Jackets forward's shooting angle with his chest to make his biggest save of the night, keeping the game locked in a tie.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 1-1, with 7:56 remaining in the second period.

The Coyotes built their first lead of the night just past the game's midway point after a Michael Grabner connected with Jakob Chychrun just inside the Blue Jackets' zone.

Grabner, halting his momentum as he cut to the inside just after crossing the blue-line, delivered a sharp pass to a trailing Chychrun, who with plenty of time and space, beat Joonas Korpisalo with a slap shot low to the glove side.

Grabner's clean feed to Chychrun served as the aforementioned 100th assist of his NHL career.

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PHOTO FINISH

Locked in. Darcy Kuemper looks on during pregame introductions Thursday night at Gila River Arena ahead of his 11th start of the season, a 30-save performance in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was Kuemper's fourth 30-plus save performance of the year. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

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

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