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Final Look: Hill Stops, Hall Shoots, Coyotes Flourish in Florida

Adin Hill makes 37 saves and Taylor Hall generates two power play goals as Coyotes extend win streak to four games

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

HILL STOPS, HALL SHOOTS, COYOTES FLOURISH IN FLORIDA

The Coyotes flipped the Florida script Tuesday night, avenging last year's late-season troubles and winning their first game at BB&T Center since 2014 with a resilient 5-2 victory over the Panthers.

The two points extends the Coyotes' win streak to four games, matching the longest of such this season. The team previously strung together four consecutive wins from October 15-22.

Eight different players found the score sheet for Arizona; Phil Kessel (3A) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1G, 2A) each finished the night with three points, while Taylor Hall (1G, 1A) registered his first multi-point game in a Coyotes uniform.

Adin Hill was called upon and was fit for the task, stopping 37 of the 39 shots he faced to earn his ninth-career NHL win in his first NHL start of the season.

The teams remained scoreless past the midway mark of the game.

They then combined for four goals in a 3:13 window.

Christian Dvorak opened the floodgates, redirecting a Taylor Hall shot into the back of the net for the first of the Coyotes' two power play goals to give Arizona a 1-0 advantage with 9:40 remaining in the second period.

The Panthers responded with two goals in 36 seconds to take a 2-1 lead with 8:03 left in the middle frame.

Soon thereafter, Ekman-Larsson finished a clean entry painted by Kessel and Derek Stepan when he buried a slap-shot high to the short side, joining a rush to tie the game, 2-2, with 6:27 left in the second.

Hall activated from his launch pad, the right circle, late in the middle frame, burying a dart high to the glove side to deposit the Coyotes' second power play of the night, giving Arizona a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

Carl Soderberg countered the Panthers' third period comeback efforts when he received a stretch pass from Jason Demers to eventually sink home a backhander on a breakaway, providing crucial insurance to give the Coyotes a 4-2 lead with 2:02 left in regulation.

Lawson Crouse added an empty-net tally in the final minute to secure the 5-2 victory.

"It was just a workman type of game," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "Special teams was obviously something we were really happy with, we won that battle. Florida's a really good team, they pressed a couple of times but we held our own, we defended really well at the end. A lot of guys contributed tonight."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #45: ARIZONA (5) at FLORIDA (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 37, FLA - 39
  • PP: ARI - 2/2, FLA - 0/2

ARIZONA SCORING:

FLORIDA SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"It was about carrying that momentum into this road swing. We know that this was a tough team that could score some goals and has some offense, and for us to hold them to two goals with great goaltending, it gives us a lot of confidence."

Taylor Hall, on Tuesday's 5-2 win over Florida

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Adin Hill's 37-save performance

Adin Hill was called upon, and he delivered.

The 23-year-old netminder, stepping in to make his first NHL start of the season while Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper recover from injuries, stood tall on Tuesday night, making 37 saves to help the Coyotes hang on for the win.

Hill was notably strong in the third period, shunning Florida's comeback efforts, stopping all 13 Panthers shots faced during the final frame.

"He made some good saves for us," Tocchet said. "It's hard, you get called up and he hadn't played in I don't know how many days. It's hard to go in there like that against a team like that, you've got to give him a lot of credit."

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Taylor Hall's right circle power play wrist shot

If you didn't know where Taylor Hall's sweet spot was, now you know.

Twice the Coyotes' sharp-shooting forward targeted the short-side corner from the top of the right circle on the power play, twice finding the back of the net.

His first shot was touched by the screening stick of Christian Dvorak to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead, and his second blew past the glove of Chris Driedger clean to tie the game, 2-2.

"I told Hallsy the other day, if he gets shots like that on that side of the power play, I'll take it," Tocchet said. "Let him shoot with that separation. The second goal there, that was a seeing-eye shot, a hell of a shot."

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PHOTO FINISH

Security via Soderberg. The puck from Carl Soderberg's backhand shot is shown moments after it evades the glove of Chris Driedger late in the third period, a crucial insurance marker that gave the Coyotes a 4-2 lead in the team's eventual 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at BB&T Center. (Photo Credit: Eliot J. Schechter - NHLI via Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Eliot J. Schechter - NHLI via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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