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The Wrap: Coyotes Collect Point in Anaheim

Arizona four points back of final West Division playoff spot

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes
Final Score: Ducks 3, Coyotes 2 F/OT
Record: 12-13-5
Standings: 6th-place, West Division

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The Coyotes scored on their first two shots Thursday night, establishing a strong lead with a roaring start.

Arizona could not sustain the momentum, or the lead, eventually falling to the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, in overtime, at Honda Center.

"The Short Leash Line" of Clayton Keller, Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz connected for the Coyotes' two, early first period tallies.

Garland capitalized from the slot 1:13 into the game to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead.

Keller followed suit a few shifts later, scoring from a similar spot and doubling the Coyotes' lead, 2-0.

The three played as a line for the first time since February 24, and their chemistry paid dividends early.

"It was what we wanted to do," Garland said. "We don't want to be a line that's trading chances, we want to be a reliable line in our defensive zone and a line that can create offense for our team. I thought we did a better job tonight. We haven't been together for a bit, we were back together tonight, and I thought we did a good job."

The Ducks responded in the second period to tie the game with back-to-back goals in a 2:29 span from rookies Jamie Drysdale and Trevor Zegras.

The Coyotes had multiple chances to reclaim a lead in the third period, including a power play with 2:27 remaining. Jakob Chychrun hit the post with under a minute left.

"I liked (our) third period," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "We had some looks to win the game on that power play. Chychrun hit the post and Garland just missed. We had a couple chances. We had it on our stick that last power play. We had it in (their zone) the whole time, we just couldn't get that go-ahead goal."

The game extended to overtime. Anaheim scored on a power play less than a minute into the extra frame to win the game, 3-2.

The Coyotes earned a point and sit four points back of the West Division playoff cutoff.

Adin Hill made 28 saves, matching his season-high mark.

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The Game:

First Period: The Coyotes built a 2-0 lead with goals from Conor Garland (1:13) and Clayton Keller (7:07).

Second Period: The Ducks scored twice in 2:29 to tie the game with goals from Jamie Drysdale (12:01) and Trevor Zegras (14:30).

Third Period: No scoring.

Overtime: Anaheim's Adam Henrique scored the game-winner :47 into overtime.

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Statistics:

SOG: ARI - 25, ANA - 31

PP: ARI - 0/4, ANA - 1/3

Hits: ARI - 29, ANA - 21

Blocks: ARI - 17, ANA - 6

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Tocchet's Take: "We had a couple miscues there, (Anaheim) had some offensive zone time, we weren't killing plays in the corner. The third period, I liked the third period, we had some looks to win the game on that power play, (Jakob Chychrun) hit the post and (Conor Garland) just missed. We had a couple chances."

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John Hayden said: "I thought there were a lot of positive takeaways. We harped on having an intense start and coming out of the gates right away. I think we need to avoid lapses, avoiding giving them sustained offensive zone time and push the momentum back the other way. They're a good team. Every night is a tough night in this league. You can't take your foot off the pedal at all. Going forward, avoiding any sort of lapse or drop in momentum is critical. We have all the motivation in the world. We know what we're playing for. We'll clean some things up, take the positives and come out flying again."

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Notable:

  • Conor Garland and Clayton Keller tied Christian Dvorak and Phil Kessel for the team lead in goals (9).
  • Conor Garland (1G, 1A) registered his team-leading, seventh multi-point game of the season.
  • Jakob Chychrun registered a single-game, career-high six blocked shots.

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A Closer Look: The Coyotes were 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and maintain the best road penalty kill in the NHL. Arizona has killed 49 of its 55 road penalties, an 89.2 percent success rate.

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Coyotes Lineup:

Forwards

Keller - Schmaltz - Garland

Crouse - Dvorak - Pitlick

Brassard - Larsson - Kessel

Hayden - Chaput - Fischer

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Goligoski

Chychrun - Lyubushkin

Oesterle - Hjalmarsson

Scratches

Caggiula

Demers

Raanta

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Roster Notes: Antti Raanta is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and did not dress. Ivan Prosvetov served as back-up to Adin Hill. Michael Chaput, John Hayden and Jordan Oesterle returned to the lineup, replacing Drake Caggiula, Hudson Fasching and Jason Demers. 

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What's Next: The Coyotes have a practice scheduled Friday afternoon in Anaheim. They play the Ducks Saturday, 5 p.m., at Honda Center. 

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Photo of the Game: Man down. Ilya Lyubushkin and Max Jones exhange glances after Lyubushkin's big hit on the Ducks forward in the third period.

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Highlights:

Video: Condensed Game: Coyotes @ Ducks

Lead Photo Credit: Debora Robinson - NHLI via Getty Images

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