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Soderstrom, Hayton strike in succession to catapult Coyotes past Canucks

Arizona's first-rounders score 24 seconds apart to help drive a 4-2 victory

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Boosted mid-game by back-to-back goals from their two most recent first round draft selections, the Coyotes secured a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night at Rogers Arena.

Arizona's preseason record, mirroring Thursday's final score, now stands at 4-2.

The Canucks would strike first, tallying just over a minute into the contest to take a 1-0 lead.

Lane Pederson erased the Coyotes' early deficit just prior to the midway mark of the first period when he shadowed Hudson Fasching's shorthanded breakaway rush, shoveling home a loose puck rebound to tie the score 1-1.

The Canucks responded three minutes later to reclaim the lead, going up 2-1.

The second period showcased Arizona's two aforementioned first round draft selections, Victor Soderstrom (2019) and Barrett Hayton (2018). The two would score within :24 seconds of each other between the 11:41 and 12:05 marks of the frame to give the Coyotes a 3-2 advantage.

Video: Coyotes double up Canucks, 4-2

Soderstrom's goal, scored in the same building where he was drafted in June, came via a wrist shot through traffic from the right half-wall following sustained pressure put on by the Coyotes' hard forechecking second line.

On the ensuing shift, Hayton connected with Ilya Lyubushkin atop Vancouver's zone, possessing Lyubushkin's return pass before walking in and scoring with a wrist shot through the five-hole.

Carl Soderberg added into an empty net with :14.9 remaining in regulation to give the Coyotes a 4-2 lead, the night's eventual final score.

Adin Hill earned his second straight win in net, making 17 saves on 19 shots faced.

The Coyotes will conclude their seven-game preseason schedule on Saturday night when they take on the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:00 p.m.

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