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Final Look: Shot-Heavy Coyotes Fall Short to Flames

Chychrun matches career-high in goals and Stepan registers 300th NHL assist in Tuesday's loss

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

SHOT-HEAVY COYOTES FALL SHORT TO FLAMES

Despite setting a season-high in shots for the second consecutive game, the Coyotes were unable to match the Calgary Flames' output on Tuesday night in a 5-2 loss at Gila River Arena.

Arizona put 48 pucks on Calgary's Cam Talbot throughout the evening but found themselves playing from behind in the early stages of the contest after the Flames scored twice in a 1:52 window in the first four minutes of action.

Calgary added another pair of goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead with 4:42 remaining in the middle frame.

Jakob Chychrun got the Coyotes in the board in the final moments of the second period when he buried a wrist shot from the high slot after intercepting Calgary's attempt to clear its own zone.

For Chychrun, it served as his seventh goal of the season, matching his career-high set during his rookie campaign in 2016-17.

The Flames took a 5-1 lead with just over five minutes left to play in the third period.

With the clock winding down, Phil Kessel jammed home from the back-door on a power play to get the Coyotes to within three, 5-2, with 32 seconds remaining.

Derek Stepan registered the 300th assist of his NHL career on Kessel's late marker, credited with the primary feed.

Antti Raanta stopped 24 of the 29 shots he faced in the loss.

The Coyotes continue to maintain a share of first place in the Pacific Division with the Edmonton Oilers, who fell tonight to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 6-3 final.

The team is now 7-7-1 on home ice. Arizona plays seven of its next 11 games at Gila River Arena.

"One piece that needs to be better as a collective group is to be better at home," Stepan said. "If you want to win down the stretch and you want to win in the playoffs, your home building needs to be very difficult for other teams to play in, and at moments we see that, but at times we're flat. Home ice is on the list of things to clean up."

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TRACKING IT

GAME #33: ARIZONA (2) vs. CALGARY (5)

  • SOG: ARI - 48, CGY - 29
  • PP: ARI - 1/1, CGY - 1/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

CALGARY SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"I think we had a lot of chances, I think their goalie kept them in it, I think we had a lot of opportunities to get ourselves back in the game. We stuck with it, but couldn't get any bounces."

Jakob Chychrun, on Tuesday's 5-2 loss

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 0-0, with 18:06 remaining in the first period

First goals are huge, that's no secret. The Coyotes entered the night with a 12-2-1 record when scoring the opening goal of a contest.

Michael Grabner came within inches of giving the Coyotes that highly-sought-after first lead less than two minutes into the game when he possessed in the slot and utilized patience to expose Cam Talbot, but his ensuing shot hit the post.

The Flames ran after escaping Grabner's close-call, transitioning to score 16 seconds later and then adding another goal 1:52 thereafter to swing momentum in their favor.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes trailing, 4-0, with 0:10 remaining in the second period

Quick feet, soft hands, and an eye to find an opening.

Jakob Chychrun got the Coyotes on the board in the final seconds of the middle frame when he picked off a Calgary clearing attempt with his skate, settled the active puck with his stick, and found a seam through traffic to score to Cam Talbot's blocker side.

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PHOTO FINISH

Snow in December. Alex Goligoski tracks down a loose puck deep in the defensive zone, beating Calgary's Andrew Mangiapane to the corner as he clears the Coyotes from danger in the second period of Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Flames at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen - Getty Images)

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

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