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'Yotes Notes: Fischer Scores Again vs. Panthers

Rookie Christian Fischer notched his second goal in his second NHL game

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

GLENDALE -- Rookie Christian Fischer made it two goals in two games on Monday night at Gila River Arena, and the Coyotes beat the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in overtime. 

Trailing 1-0, Fischer redirected a shot by fellow rookie Jakob Chychrun past Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo at 2:03 of the second period. It was Fischer's second NHL goal in just his second NHL game. He also cored a goal vs. Tampa Bay in his League debut on Saturday. 

The 19-year-old forward is the first player to score a goal in each of his first two games in Coyotes/Jets franchise history. He has taken just two shots in his brief NHL career and both have been goals.

"I was a lot more comfortable (than Saturday)," Fischer said. "First game, full of emotions. I played my game more (on Monday) and I was more confident with the puck."

Video: Christian Fischer discusses Coyotes' win over Florida

• Chychrun, who grew up in Florida rooting for the Panthers, assisted on two goals for the first multi-point game of his NHL career.

"It's the team I grew up watching, and my family had season tickets for their games for a very long time," Chychrun said before the game. "So (I have) lots of good memories going to Panthers games, and to be playing against them is pretty special."

Tobias Rieder scored the game-winning goal 48 seconds into overtime with a one-timer from the top of the right circle. Center Alexander Burmistrov set up the goal with some nifty skating behind the net and then a back-handed pass.

"'Burmy' made a nice play and I stepped right into that one and luckily it went in," Rieder said. "Good things happen when you put the puck on the net."

• Burmistrov, who also assisted on Fischer's goal for his first multi-point game with Arizona, has produced five assists in five games since the Coyotes claimed him off waivers on Jan. 2.

"He's really tried to grasp what we're trying to do," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He's got good skill. He plays with good pace ... He's just creating plays that are making a difference in the game ... That's a good start for him so far. We need him to keep going that way."

• Forward Ryan White faked a shot just inside the blue line, skated forward and then launched a shot for his third goal of the season to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead just 12 seconds after Fischer scored his goal.

"Luongo might have been not sure what I was doing out there with that play," White said. "I just created a little space for myself. I know it's a tough shot going back across the grain low blocker, so I got a good bounce."

Video: Ryan White discusses Coyotes' win over Florida 

• The Coyotes have won two games in a row and four of their past five home games.

"We hung in there," Tippett said. "That's a game that you go into the third period tied. (Their) team's on the end of a long road trip. That's a game you should win. You've got to find a way to win, and I was happy with the way our guys stuck with it because there were some times in that game I didn't think either team was as good as they needed to be. But somebody had to win, and we wanted to be the ones that won."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' win over Florida

• Defenseman Michael Stone blocked a team-high seven shots, took four shots and delivered three hits.

• Arizona took a season-high 42 shots on goal.

• Rookie Lawson Crouse skated 11:12 and took two shots on goal in his first game vs. Florida, the team that drafted him 11th overall in 2015.

• Forward Jordan Martinook did not play because of an upper-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.


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