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The Wrap: Coyotes Score Four Unanswered, Rally to Beat Ducks

Dvorak scores twice to kick-start -- and complete -- Coyotes comeback

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes
Final Score: Coyotes 4, Ducks 3
Record: 8-7-3
Standings: 5th-place, West Division

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The Coyotes were in the throes of a three-goal deficit before staging a stunning comeback Monday night at Gila River Arena.

Arizona rallied to score four unanswered goals to beat the Ducks, 4-3.

The first period wasn't pretty - neither on the scoreboard, or in terms of on-ice discipline. The Coyotes found themselves in a 2-0 hole following a period in which the teams combined for 38 penalty minutes -- including four fighting majors.

"It was terrible hockey," said head coach Rick Tocchet. "Probably our worst period in a long time."

While the Ducks added to take a 3-0 lead in the opening moments of the second period, Jakob Chychrun said the team took accountability for its sub-par play during the first intermission.

"It was a bit of a call out," Chychrun said. "We deserved it. We were just asked to be better. I think we worked as a group in the second and third (periods) helping each other out. First period, there wasn't a lot of energy, there wasn't a lot of talk. Talk is so big in these big moments here. There were some big moments we were able to sort through to stay in control, and it's big."

The Coyotes answered the call and scored three goals in 3:47 to erase the deficit.

Christian Dvorak was awarded a penalty shot midway through the second period after being hooked on a partial breakaway. Dvorak capitalized on the shot, beating John Gibson with a slick move to his backhand to cut the Ducks' lead to 3-1.

"We obviously needed a goal," Dvorak said. "We needed some momentum. (Gibson) went to the two-pad stack pretty early, so I just had to lift it."

Derick Brassard converted on a power play two minutes later to slim the margin of deficit, 3-2.

And moments later, Jakob Chychrun jumped a rush, split two defensemen and barreled in on Gibson to tie the game, 3-3.

Chychrun and Dvorak connected for the game-winning goal in the third period, the Coyotes' second power play goal of the night. Dvorak redirected a Chychrun shot past Gibson to give the Coyotes a 4-3 lead - a lead they would not relinquish.

"It's good to know we can come back from deficits like that," Dvorak said. "But we don't need to put ourselves in these types of situations. We need to have better first periods here. We can't rely on a comeback from three goals. So, we need to make sure we prepare and be ready for the first period of the next game."

"That's a heck of a response after our start," said Chychrun. "I mean, our start was just not good enough. I think our second period got us back into it, and a really good third period too. Those are two really big points that we were able to claw back and take from them. So, it was a good effort."

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The Game:

First Period: Jakob Silfverberg scored to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead three minutes in. Max Jones doubled the Ducks' lead, 2-0, at the 12:27 mark.

Second Period: Cam Fowler increased the Ducks' lead to 3-0 two minutes in. Christian Dvorak scored a penalty shot goal at the 8:15 mark to cut the Coyotes' deficit to 3-1. Derick Brassard inched the Coyotes to within one, 3-2, with a power play goal at the 10:21 mark. Jakob Chychrun tied the game, 3-3, at the 12:02 mark.

Third Period: Dvorak scored his second goal of the game to give the Coyotes a 4-3 lead with 16:08 remaining.

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Tocchet's Take: "(Dvorak) made two big plays for us. That penalty shot's big; the moment's there, those are pressure shots. Then, obviously that power play goal, he's there. It was a good two-goal game for him. But it's not like we had a lot of guys that played well tonight. As a team, I liked the resiliency, but it wasn't good, to be honest with you. We won, I'm happy. But I'm not happy the way things went down because, you know, you've got to be careful. You can't always have those first periods and try to come back, they're tough."

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Jakob Chychrun said: "We need to take (this win) and use it as momentum for (this home stand). It should give us confidence in the room. We need to continue playing good hockey, have better starts, and make it a little easier on ourselves out of the gate. Hopefully (we can) play with the lead a little bit more, it doesn't seem like we've been able to do much of that lately. So, it'll be nice to flip the script a little bit." 

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Notable:

  • Christian Dvorak scored two goals and is tied for second in goals (9) among West Division players.
  • Jakob Chychrun registered his fourth multi-point game of the season (1G, 1A), and is second in scoring among West Division defensemen with 13 points (4G, 9A).
  • Phil Kessel extended his point streak to three games with the secondary assist on Derick Brassard's goal, and has 25 points (9G, 16A) in 23 career games against the Ducks.

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A Closer Look: The Coyotes overcame a deficit of three or more goals to win in regulation for the fourth time in team history. The others: Jan. 14, 2006 (vs. Toronto), March. 8, 2003 (vs. San Jose) and Dec. 19, 2001 (vs. Calgary).

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Coyotes Lineup:

Forwards

Keller - Schmaltz - Garland

Crouse - Dvorak - Pitlick

Caggiula - Brassard - Kessel

Hayden - Larsson - Fischer

Defensemen

OEL - Lyubushkin

Chychrun - Goligoski

Oesterle - Hjalmarsson

Scratches

Demers

Fasching

Raanta

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Roster Notes: The Coyotes did not make any lineup changes. Antti Raanta remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

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What's Next: The Coyotes have a practice scheduled Tuesday afternoon, 12:30 p.m. They host the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Gila River Arena.

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Photo of the Game: Heavyweights. Lawson Crouse throws a punch during a fight with Anaheim's Derek Grant in the first period. (Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images)

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Highlights:

Video: Dvorak's two goals lead Coyotes to 4-3 comeback win

Lead Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images

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