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Final Look: Sellout Crowd Sees Coyotes Complete Successful Home Stand

Coyotes pour on offense to win their third-straight game on home ice

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

SELLOUT CROWD SEES COYOTES COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL HOME STAND

The Coyotes scored a season-high six goals en route to a commanding 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,125 on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

The win was the team's third-in-a-row; they finished the home stand with a 3-1-0 record, earning six of a possible eight points.

Saturday's sellout was the sixth of the season, matching last year's total. The Coyotes have 19 games remaining on their home schedule.

"Anytime you win three games in a row at home it's a confidence builder," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "Fans were into it tonight; the last few home games have been loud, the loudest I've heard in a while."

And with that energy, the Coyotes pounced early and often.

Brad Richardson opened the scoring when his return feed on a rush with Jakob Chychrun caught a bounce and found its way through the pads of Carter Hart, giving the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with 7:27 left to play in the first period.

Jordan Oesterle tacked on less than a minute later when he directed a wrist shot into traffic that caromed off of a Flyers defender and into the back of the net, scoring his first goal of the season to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead with 6:30 left in the opening frame.

Clayton Keller scored the first of his two goals on the evening when he buried a one-timer from the slot during a power play to give the Coyotes a 3-0 lead with 3:45 remaining in the first, chasing Hart from the Philadelphia net. Brian Elliott came in for relief.

The second period stood without a goal until less than a second remained on the clock. Lawson Crouse found the back of the net with a backhand shot high to the short side with 0:00.3 left to give the Coyotes a 4-0 advantage.

Adin Hill replaced Antti Raanta to begin the third period. Raanta stopped all 17 shots he faced during the first two periods of play and left the game with a lower-body injury.

The Flyers scored twice in the third, but the Coyotes countered with two more of their own.

Keller netted his second of the night with a one-timer after receiving a pass from Nick Schmaltz . Derek Stepan scored the evening's final goal, finding Philadelphia's empty net with 2:24 to play to give the Coyotes a 6-2 lead.

"We want to create a tough atmosphere to play in, and I think this home stand is just the beginning," Crouse said. "The crowds have been incredible for us and supporting us along the way. We want to make it a tough building to play in, and when we go out and put in the efforts like we have the last three games it's huge for our confidence, and we've just to keep going."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #44: ARIZONA (6) vs. PHILADELPHIA (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 22, PHI - 29
  • PP: ARI - 1/5, PHI - 0/4

ARIZONA SCORING:

PHILADELPHIA SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I think just sticking to the game plan for the full 60 minutes, when we do that good things happen, it's good to get some of those types of games together, they're huge wins."

Clayton Keller, on the key to Saturday's 6-2 win

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Lawson Crouse's deceptive backhand shot

There's a new weapon in Lawson Crouse's repertoire, his stealthy and undeniably accurate backhand shot, which he's showcased to score a number of goals with this season. He did so, again, on Saturday night to give the Coyotes a 4-0 lead in the final seconds of the middle frame.

Crouse, nearly replicating the goal he scored prior to the holiday break in Nashville, collected a pass from Derek Stepan, split coverage and beat Brian Elliott high to the glove side in stride.

"It's crazy, I don't know what it is with my backhands this year, but it seems whenever I can get a decent shot off they go in," he said. "I think it's a pretty underrated shot. It could be tough to read, I don't know, you'll have to ask one of the goaltenders."

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Clayton Keller's pair of one-timer tallies

Clayton Keller was not shy to shoot on Saturday night, and it paid off in the form of two gorgeous one-timer goals.

He first pulled the trigger from the heart of the slot courtesy a Taylor Hall set-up to give the Coyotes a 3-0 lead late in the first period, beating Carter Hart low, and then followed up with a laser from the hashmarks to give the Coyotes a 5-1 lead in the third period, cashing in on a Nick Schmaltz feed to beat Brian Elliott with a dart to the top right corner.

Keller now has 17 points (8G, 9A) in his last 17 games.

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PHOTO FINISH

Clayton's connecting. Clayton Keller turns to celebrate after burying his second goal of the night in the early stages of the third period on Saturday, giving the Coyotes a 5-1 lead in the team's eventual 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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