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Final Look: Hall's Hustle Sets Up Game-Winner in San Jose

Taylor Hall's 'big-time play' catapults the Coyotes past the Sharks on Tuesday night

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

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HALL'S HUSTLE SETS UP GAME-WINNER IN SAN JOSE

The enthusiasm from a historic Monday carried well over into Tuesday night's game and erupted when Taylor Hall made a monumental play late in regulation to propel the Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center, putting an exclamation point on the high-profile forward's team debut.

"Just a forecheck play where I was trying to win a one-on-one battle and get possession of the puck," Hall said afterward. "It was late in the game, I got it in their end and won a battle and got a break there. It wasn't the prettiest game for us but we battled until the end; our penalty kill came up huge and you need that to win games."

Hall's emphatic forecheck set-up the game-winning goal in the final minutes of regulation to decide a back-and-forth contest that saw the teams trade goals in the opening two periods of play. Perfect timing for what proved to be his first point in a Coyotes uniform.

The Coyotes got on the scoreboard early when Carl Soderberg jammed home his 10th goal of the season from the top of the crease, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead with 15:03 left in the first period.

San Jose tied the game, 1-1, with 2:34 remaining in the opening frame.

Derek Stepan reclaimed the lead for the Coyotes just prior to the midway mark of the second period when he crashed the Sharks' net, received a cross-ice feed from Lawson Crouse , and tucked home a forehand shot to give Arizona a 2-1 advantage with 10:49 left in the middle frame.

The Sharks, minutes later, would again tie the game, transitioning the teams into the third period locked in a 2-2 tie.

Hall activated for that aforementioned game-changing play when he beat San Jose's Brenden Dillon down the ice, retrieved possession, and fed Oliver Ekman-Larsson out front, who connected to score the eventual game-winning goal with a one-timer, giving the Coyotes a 3-2 lead with 2:37 to play.

The Coyotes played the final moments of the game with two players in the penalty box, and with San Jose's net empty for an extra attacker, held on for the win while down 6-on-3.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to earn his 15th win of the season, the second-highest single season total of his NHL career. Kuemper tied Toronto's Frederik Andersen and Washington's Braden Holtby for the most road wins in the league, recording his ninth.

Arizona improved to 12-4-0 in games following a loss and upped its standings' point total to 44 to maintain first-place in the Pacific Division.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #36: ARIZONA (3) at SAN JOSE (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 19, SJ - 28
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, SJ - 0/4

ARIZONA SCORING:

SAN JOSE SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I didn't feel great, but that's hockey. I just wanted to be a part of the group and get that first game over with. It's great to get a win, that's what we're here to do. It wasn't pretty, they're not all going to be masterpieces, you just try to find a way to make an impact and win the game."

Taylor Hall , on making his Coyotes debut in Tuesday's 3-2 win

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 0-0, with 15:03 remaining in the first period

The Coyotes are now 14-1-1 when Carl Soderberg records a point.

The power forward has embodied consistency throughout the season and continued to do so Tuesday night when he broke open the scoring less than five minutes into the contest, cashing in from where he's been the most dangerous - the front of the net.

Steady with support as he cycled with Clayton Keller low in San Jose's zone, Soderberg tracked an errant bounce to shovel home a backhander from atop the crease, giving the Coyotes an early 1-0 lead.

His 10 goals are the second-most on the Coyotes roster behind only Conor Garland 's 12.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 2-2, with 2:37 remaining in the third period.

Taylor Hall with the hustle.

In the late stages of his debut showing with the Coyotes, the 28-year-old hunted down a loose puck with a ferocious forecheck, winning the foot race and board battle against San Jose's Brenden Dillon.

Having done that, Hall circled behind the Sharks' net and fed a pinching Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who directed a one-timer toward the net that caromed off of bodies in front for the eventual game-winning goal.

"We got [Taylor] because of that last goal," head coach Rick Tocchet said. "He muscled his way through and that's a big-time play for us. I think he maybe had four hours sleep and he hasn't played in a week, that's a big-time play."

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PHOTO FINISH

Hauling. Taylor Hall, mid-stride, tracks down the puck he would eventually win a race to before setting up Oliver Ekman-Larsson's game-winning goal with 2:37 remaining in regulation on Tuesday night at SAP Center, jolting the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in his team debut. (Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson - Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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