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The Wrap: Clayton Keller Scores in OT to Complete Yotes Comeback Win

Arizona establishes a three-game point streak

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Final Score: Coyotes 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

Clayton Keller scored his third career overtime goal as the Coyotes came back to defeat the Red Wings 2-1 on Saturday at Gila River Arena on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Arizona trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, but goals from Ryan Dzingel and Keller in the final 20:25 cemented the comeback.

"I lost my grandfather to cancer, and I wouldn't be here without him. It's definitely a special win," said Keller.

Detroit scored first when Dylan Larkin grabbed a loose puck and scored on a breakaway 8:41 into the game. Neither team could find the back of the net through the rest of the first period as Larkin's goal would be the only scoring the game saw for the majority of the action.

The scarce scoring carried over into the second period and the 1-0 score remained after 40 minutes. Scott Wedgewood, who finished with 33 total saves, rejected all 16 Detroit second-period shots.

"I think the biggest key for me is just being consistent," said Wedgewood. "I really think I've found my game and hit my spots, I guess like before. It obviously builds my own confidence."

Arizona peppered Alex Nedeljkovic with nine shots in the first 13 minutes of the third period, including a handful of quality chances. The Coyotes finally beat him when Dzingel deflected a Cam Dineen shot from the point. The Yotes registered 13 total shots in the third but the 1-1 score held through regulation.

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Just 25 seconds into the extra frame, Keller lit the lamp with Arizona's first overtime winning goal on the campaign. The overtime win established a three-game point streak, as the Coyotes have captured five of a possible six points in that stretch.

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The Game:
First Period (DET 1, ARI 0): Dylan Larkin (9) unassisted at 8:41.
Second Period (DET 1, ARI 0): No scoring.
Third Period (ARI 1, DET 1): Ryan Dzingel (2), assisted by Cam Dineen (1) and Lawson Crouse (5) at 13:31.
Overtime (ARI 2, DET 1): Clayton Keller (4), assisted by Jakob Chychrun (3) and Phil Kessel (6) at 0:25.

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Statistics:
SOG: ARI - 29, DET - 34
PP: ARI - 0/1, DET - 0/2
Hits: ARI - 21, DET - 11
Blocks: ARI - 12, DET - 13

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Tourigny's Take: "I think cancer has touched everybody. My best friend has had cancer for a long time and my mother-in-law had cancer. Everybody has somebody close to them. I think a night like that, you for sure think of those people and you think of people who have touched you and have been important for you in your life. It's good to get a win like that and have special thoughts for those people."

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Clayton Keller said: "I thought we played hard, we stuck with it and got some pucks to the net; we had the puck a lot in the third so I thought I could have ended it before then, but definitely feels good to see that one go in at the end. I thought me and Phil had some chemistry there in the third, so it was a huge win for us."

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Notable:

· The Coyotes won their first overtime game since May 8, 2021 at San Jose (5-4 W) and the team's first overtime win at home since Nov. 2, 2018 vs. Carolina (4-3 W)
· Scoring 25 seconds into overtime, Clayton Keller scored the fourth-fastest regular-season overtime goal in franchise history. It trails only Jeremy Roenick (0:16, 10/16/00), Dallas Drake (0:17, 2/23/96) and Pat Elynuik (0:13, 10/31/90).
· At 0:25, it's the fastest overtime goal an NHL player has registered since Tom Wilson scored 0:17 seconds into Washington's win on Nov. 7, 2019.
· The goal was Keller's first overtime point since April 4, 2021 and his first overtime goal since Feb. 28, 2018.
· Keller now has eight career overtime points (3-5-8). He's tied with Jeremy Roenick for the seventh-most in franchise history. His three goals puts him in a six-way tie for the fifth-most in franchise history.
· Jakob Chychrun assisted on Keller's goal and has found the scoresheet in two straight games, along with tallying four points (2-2-4) in his last four games.
· With the secondary assist on Keller's goal, Phil Kessel extended his point streak to four games (1-3-4 in that span), the highest by a Coyote this season.
· Lawson Crouse picked up the secondary assist on Dzingel's goal to establish a three-game point streak (1-2-3 in that span).
· Cam Dineen notched his first career point with an assist. The defenseman is the 22nd Coyote this season to record a point.
· The Coyotes win 63% of their faceoffs to set a new single-game high in 2021-22.

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Coyotes Lineup:

Forwards
Crouse - Boyd - Keller
Galchenyuk - Hayton - Kessel
Roussel - Beagle - Eriksson
O'Brien - Dzingel - Fasching

Defensemen
Chychrun - Lyubushkin
Gostisbehere - Mayo
Capobianco - Dineen

Scratches
Strålman
Jenik

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Roster Notes: Head Coach André Tourigny dressed the same 20 players as he did in the Columbus game (Nov. 18).

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What's Next:The Coyotes hit the road to face the Los Angeles Kings for the second half of their back-to-back series. Puck drop against the Kings is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be broadcasted on Bally Sports Arizona+ and KTAR 92.3 FM.

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Photo of the Game: Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassador and Coyotes Senior Director of Hockey Development Matt Shott poses for a photo ahead of the game's ceremonial puck drop. Shott was joined by his mother Shelley and brother Trevor at Gila River Arena.

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