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'Yotes Notes: Raanta's Key Saves in OT Trigger Victory

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Antti Raanta made three key saves in overtime to help the Coyotes beat the New York Islanders, 3-2, on Monday night at Gila River Arena.

Raanta stopped a shot from the left circle by Nick Leddy and then two more by Leddy and John Tavares in quick succession during a scramble in front of Arizona's net. Moments later, Nick Cousins ended the game with a backhanded goal past Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak. 

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'Yotes Notes: Outburst in First Period Sets Tone For Win Over Blues

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Ten Coyotes notched at least one point in the first period on Saturday night as Arizona exploded for four goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center.

Christian Dvorak scored twice and Clayton Keller chipped in two assists during the four-goal outburst early in the game that helped Arizona end a 12-game losing streak vs. St. Louis and beat the Blues for the first time since Nov. 12, 2013. 

"They came from a road trip and it's their first game back so we wanted to jump on them," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "We were really quick in the corners. That's our key ... We were committed to get inside the dots. St. Louis is a great hockey team and to beat them you've got to get inside the dots and we did. We're starting to find some traction here the last seven or eight games." 

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'Yotes Notes: Perlini Scores Memorable Backhanded Goal in Loss to Preds

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

NASHVILLE - Coyotes forward Brendan Perlini is known for his speed and his shot. On Thursday night vs. Nashville, he again showed off the former and a new wrinkle on the latter. 

Tied 1-1 in the third period, Perlini weaved his way through mutliple defenders and then launched a backhanded shot over Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne's blocker and under the crossbar for his 11th goal of the season.

It was the prettiest goal of the game, which the Predators won, 3-2, in a shootout at Bridgestone Arena.

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'Yotes Notes: Fourth Line Produces vs. Sharks

Brad Richardson, Jordan Martinook and Nick Cousins combined to tally four points in 3-2 SO loss to San Jose on Tuesday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Fourth-liner Brad Richardson notched a goal and an assist on Tuesday night as the Coyotes earned another overtime point vs. San Jose at Gila River Arena.

The Sharks won, 3-2, in a shootout. 

Jordan Martinook, who played left wing on Richardson's line, also scored for Arizona. Nick Cousins, the other fourth-line winger, produced an assist and four of the team's 32 shots.

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'Yotes Notes: 'Unfortunate' Goal in OT Spoils Comeback

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

SAN JOSE -- The Coyotes rallied to earn a point at SAP Center on Saturday night, but discussing the one they didn't earn after a wild 6-5 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks was a tough task. 

"It sucks," Derek Stepan told reporters. "We get beat by a bounce off our own skate ... I thought we did a good job in overtime possessing the puck, but we didn't really bring anything to the net. They capitalized. Three-on-three hockey's entertaining for a reason. It doesn't take much to get a scoring chance, and they were able to capitalize on it. We walk away with a point. We came into a tough building and we did a lot of really good things tonight ... I just thought that we were closer to (playing) that 60-minute hockey game that we're always talking about."

The Coyotes trailed 4-3 after two periods, but took the lead by scoring twice within a three-minute span early in the third period. A goal by San Jose's Joonas Donskoi with 16 seconds left denied Arizona a regulation win and sent the game to overtime.

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'Yotes Notes: Hjalmarsson Returns to Lineup After Lengthy Absence

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson played his first game since Nov. 28 on Friday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to the Coyotes lineup on Friday night vs. Edmonton after missing 16 games because of an upper-body injury he suffered on Nov. 28. 

Paired with Jakob Chychrun for the first time this season, Hjalmarsson, an alternate captain, skated 19:53, took one shot on goal, delivered one hit and blocked three shots in a 4-2 loss to the Oilers at Gila River Arena.

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'Yotes Notes: Raanta Enjoyed Goaltending Duel with Lundqvist

Arizona's Antti Raanta stopped 24 of 25 shots in loss to New York on Saturday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced over 65 minutes, but his near perfect outing wasn't enough to win a netminding duel with friend and former teammate Henrik Lundqvist on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

The New York Rangers beat Arizona, 2-1, in a shootout. Lundqvist stopped 38 of 39 shots through overtime, plus all three he faced in the shootout.

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'Yotes Notes: Fischer's OT Goal Caps Comeback vs. Preds

Rookie Christian Fischer scored his second overtime goal of the season on Thursday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Christian Fischer was pretty confident his game-winning goal in overtime on Thursday night would survive an official review and then a challenge by Nashville. It did, and the Coyotes beat the Predators, 3-2, at Gila River Arena. 

"It was suspenseful," Fischer said of his goal, the 11th of his rookie season. 

Officials first checked to see if Nashville's net was securely in place when Fischer tapped a loose puck past Juuse Saros at 2:19 of the extra session. After that, they made sure Saros was not interfered with on the play as Nashville contended via a desperation coach's challenge.

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'Yotes Notes: Hjalmarsson Nears Return to Lineup

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson could be back on the ice Thursday vs. Nashville

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Niklas Hjalmarsson practiced with teammates for a third time on Tuesday and is nearing a return to the lineup. 

Per Head Coach Rick Tocchet, Hjalmarsson, who has been sidelined since Nov. 28 because of an upper-body injury, might make his return as soon as Thursday when Arizona hosts Nashville to start the second half of its season.

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'Yotes Notes: Keller Extends Point Streak to Eight Games in Loss to Ducks

Rookie Clayton Keller scored his team-high 14th goal of the season on Sunday at Honda Center

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

ANAHEIM -- Clayton Keller scored a power-play goal during Arizona's 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday to extend his point streak to eight games, a new career-high. The 19-year-old rookie produced a seven-game point streak earlier this season.

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