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Final Look: Strong Start Can't Spur Coyotes Past Stars

Hall scores his second with Arizona, Garland matches rookie goal mark, Coyotes lay 30 hits and block 18 shots

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

STRONG START CAN'T SPUR COYOTES PAST STARS

The Coyotes built an early two-goal lead on Sunday night, a lead they maintained up until the third period before the Dallas Stars scored four unanswered goals, resulting in a 4-2 loss at Gila River Arena.

A capacity crowd of 17,125 filled the arena, marking the Coyotes' fifth sellout of the season, one shy of matching their 2018-19 season total of six with more than half of the home portion of their schedule remaining. Arizona still has 22 home games left to play following Sunday's tilt.

Arizona laid 30 hits throughout the evening, dictating much of the game physically, and blocked 18 shots, holding Dallas to less than 10 shots well past the midway point of the game.

Taylor Hall scored his second goal in a Coyotes uniform and his eighth of the season to give Arizona a 1-0 lead with 11:18 remaining in the first period as he followed Conor Garland 's mid-air attempt to shovel home a rebound from the top of the crease.

In the late stages of the first, Garland netted his team-leading 13th goal of the year, banking in a shot from the right post after Nick Schmaltz 's pass attempt from behind the net caromed onto his stick.

Garland matched his goal-total from his 2018-19 rookie campaign with the tally; he scored 13 goals in 47 games last season.

The Coyotes outshot the Stars by a 30-13 margin through the first two periods of play, but Dallas countered with four goals on 12 shots during the final 20 minutes to win the game, 4-2.

Antti Raanta made a total of 21 saves.

With the loss, the Coyotes have now dropped three consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #41: ARIZONA (2) vs. DALLAS (4)

  • SOG: ARI - 35, DAL - 25
  • PP: ARI - 0/4, DAL - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

DALLAS SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"Three plays, and that's not going to define our game, I thought we played well. We were in control most of the game. We got up, I thought OEL was really good physically. I thought Hall and Garland added some juice out there. Overall, I liked our game, three plays under pressure we made the wrong play, that's what I saw."

- Rick Tocchet, on how Sunday's game slipped away

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Taylor Hall's first period goal

Taylor Hall scored his second goal in a Coyotes uniform in the early stages of Sunday's contest, jamming home a loose puck from the top of the crease to give Arizona a 1-0 lead with 11:18 remaining in the first period.

Conor Garland, joining Hall and Christian Dvorak on the team's top unit, worked ferociously with his line mates until gaining inside positioning and batting a puck out of mid-air that Khudobin couldn't handle cleanly. Hall, hard on the play, shoveled the loose puck in for his eighth goal of the year.

Hall now has points in four of his six games played since being acquired.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Antti Raanta's second period breakaway save

Jamie Oleksiak found himself in a dream scenario upon exiting the penalty box in the second period, staring down a free puck in the neutral zone as he re-entered play undetected.

The Stars forward collected and skated in alone with an abundance of time and space, but was thwarted on his breakaway attempt by an aggressive Antti Raanta full-body poke-check.

Raanta's save, at the time, maintained a 2-0 lead for the Coyotes.

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PHOTO FINISH

Attacking the threat. Antti Raanta dives out of his crease, and with full extension, makes an assertive maneuver to stymie Jamie Oleksiak's breakaway chance with a poke-check in the second period of the Coyotes' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday night at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

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

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