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Pucks In Deep: 'Snake-Bitten'

The Coyotes fired away for 35 shots during Saturday night's home opener

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Game #2: Arizona (0) vs. Boston (1)

SOG: ARI - 35, BOS - 26

PP: ARI - 0/3, BOS - 0/2

ARI SCORING: None

BOS SCORING: Marchand (1) (Bergeron) - 18:41/1st

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> SNAKE-BITTEN <

A sellout crowd of 17,125 packed Gila River Arena for the Coyotes' home opener, a boisterous capacity that was on the edge of eruption as Arizona remained relentless in its effort to find the back of the net in the late stages of Saturday night's 1-0 loss.

The Coyotes have now outshot their opponent in both games played, tonight topping the Bruins in that department by a 35-26 margin.

"We have guys moving to the right places, we're getting good looks," Derek Stepan said. "Like tonight, sometimes I think you get snake-bitten. Their goaltender stood tall and we couldn't bury our chances."

Stepan's first line, in tune from start to finish, had a number of good looks, including a pair of Grade-A scoring opportunities from his line mates. The trio of he, Phil Kessel , and Clayton Keller combined for 13 shots.

Keller came awfully close to connecting midway through the second, only to be denied by the right toe of Jaroslav Halak.

Kessel, in alone with a prime chance in the late stages of the third, almost capitalized to bury that desired equalizer.

The consensus throughout the locker room, and an accurate one at that, was that the team did everything right except one thing: score.

Darcy Kuemper , solid yet again, made 25 saves to keep the Coyotes to within a shot of tying the game throughout.

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> THEY SAID IT <

"We played well, we played hard. We did everything right except score. That's basically the summary of the game."

- Head Coach Rick Tocchet

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> DON'T OVERLOOK IT <

Blazing speed! Michael Grabner continues to be a dangerous asset on the Coyotes' penalty kill. His effort in the final moments of the second period not only nearly led to a game-tying goal, but drew an interference penalty that led to four-on-four play, in a way killing the penalty itself.

Grabner led the NHL with six shorthanded goals last season, and his fleet-footed movement as he burst through the neutral zone to fly by two Bruins defenders showed why he has established himself as a premier shorthanded threat.

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> GOTTA SEE IT <

Not once, but twice! With just under 13 minutes to play in the second period, Darcy Kuemper kept the game within striking distance as he calmly shut down the Bruins' dynamic duo of David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand as the two fled in on a two-on-one.

Center to the shooter, Kuemper turned away Pastrnak's intial bid, and with a quick recovery, robbed Marchand as the Boston forward attempted to bury the rebound.

"Solid," Stepan said of his goaltender's performance. "He's been solid in both games, throughout preseason until now, he hasn't missed a beat for us."

A magnificent stop(s) indeed.

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> PHOTO FINISH <

Jakob Chychrun dives to cut off a shooting lane as Darcy Kuemper sticks out the left pad to make one of his 25 saves on the evening, turning away David Pastrnak to keep the Coyotes to within a goal in the third period Saturday night at Gila River Arena. (Photo: Norm Hall / Getty Images)

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