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Final Look: On The [Balanced] Offensive

Five different players scored and 11 recorded at least one point in Saturday's 5-2 win over Ottawa

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

> ON THE [BALANCED] OFFENSIVE <

The Coyotes topped the Ottawa Senators by a 5-2 count to skate to their third consecutive win on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

Arizona now has points in five straight games (4-0-1).

On a night that honored first-line premier forward Phil Kessel for 1,000 games played, one of the all-time elite scorers in the game, it was balanced scoring that graced the club once again. Five different players scored a goal and 11 registered at least one point. All four lines had a hand. Depth.

And of course, a big congratulations to Kyle Capobianco , who in opening the scoring just over seven minutes into the contest, buried his first NHL goal. Simple, low, and to the net; an often-neglected shot skill that the young defenseman certainly has in his repertoire, and it paid off Saturday.

"It's a special day," he said of scoring his first goal at the NHL level. "I was feeling pretty good going in and I'm glad it happened. I'm just trying to get pucks to the net as quick as I can."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored later in the first period as he shadowed an odd-man rush, jamming home a Clayton Keller rebound to net his first of the season.

Conor Garland netted his team-leading fourth goal of the season to give the Coyotes a 3-0 lead midway through the second. Nick Schmaltz extended his point streak to five games with the secondary assist, tying his career-high mark for points in consecutive contests.

Carl Soderberg upped the Coyotes' lead to 4-0 early in the third, but that was followed by a pair of Senators goals which cut Arizona's lead in half with 15 minutes to play.

The win was secured with Lawson Crouse 's empty net tally with 54 seconds remaining.

Antti Raanta was victorious in his first home start of the season, stopping 34 of the 36 shots the Senators fired his way.

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> TRACKING IT <

GAME #7: ARIZONA (5) vs. OTTAWA (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 27, OTT - 36
  • PP: ARI - 1/5, OTT - 1/2

ARIZONA SCORING:

OTTAWA SCORING:

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> THEY SAID IT <

"The results are good; I like the way our team's been playing all year. I'm an even-keel guy and we need to be able to handle prosperity too, we can't get too high on ourselves, we're not that type of team. We've got a little streak going, that's good, but tomorrow we get back to work again."

Head Coach Rick Tocchet, on the team winning three consecutive games

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> DON'T OVERLOOK IT <

Ottawa never got back to within a goal after the Coyotes built a two-goal first period lead, which was due in large part to Antti Raanta's strong play.

Raanta kept Ottawa off the board with just over 11 minutes to play in the second, stopping Colin White from point-blank range as he anticipated a pass coming from behind his own net, putting himself in fantastic position to eat up any and all shooting angles.

His save maintained a two-goal lead for the Coyotes.

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> GOTTA SEE IT <

Conor Garland: Stopping, cutting, and distributing on a dime. Two times.

The slinky forward's ability to attack with speed and immediately halt momentum to create space was showcased against Ottawa. On two separate plays, both of which resulted in goals, Garland entered the offensive zone with a vengeance.

Both times he lost Ottawa defensemen. Both times he found an open teammate. Both times he produced a goal for Arizona.

First in finding Brad Richardson and then burying the rebound by following the play.

Second in setting up Carl Soderberg in the heart of the slot.

See ya.

"I actually worked on that all summer, that specific move," he said after the game. "I've seen a lot of small guys and high-end skaters be able to do that, so it was something that I wanted to add to my repertoire."

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> PHOTO FINISH <

Kyle Capobianco is congratulated by teammates Ilya Lyubushkin, Brad Richardson, and Vinnie Hinostroza moments after scoring his first NHL goal, giving the Coyotes a 1-0 lead just over seven minutes into the game when his shot from the left point deflected off of a defender and into the back of the net. (Photo: Norm Hall / Getty Images)

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