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'Yotes Notes: Rieder Ends Lengthy Goal-Scoring Drought

Tobias Rieder notched his first goal since Oct. 10 in Arizona's 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday

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

PITTSBURGH -- Tobias Rieder ended a 13-game goal-scoring drought on Tuesday night in Arizona's 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

Trailing 2-0, Rieder, who notched two goals in the team's first three games of the season, scored his first goal since Oct. 10 at 0:26 of the third period. Christian Fischer set up the goal with a crisp, cross-ice pass to Rieder, who was skating hard up the left side. His wrist shot sailed under Matt Murray's glove and into Pittsburgh's net.

"I needed that," said Rieder, who set a career-high by scoring 16 goals last season. "It felt good, but it wasn't enough for a point or for a win tonight … Obviously it's always tough going through a drought. I was just trying to keep my mind fresh and just trying to think about last year and what I did that worked out. I just have to use my feet. Every time I'm skating I create some chances."

Video: ARI@PIT: Rieder goes top shelf for goal

Head Coach Rick Tocchet liked what he saw from Rieder and played him a season-high 20:35, including 5:42 on penalty kills. Rieder had three shots on goal, one hit and two blocked shots.

"Sometimes you just feel it," Rieder said. "You get the bounces. The puck is your friend and your legs are just moving. Yeah, I felt it."

Rieder has scored five of his 46 NHL goals vs. Pittsburgh in just seven games. That's 10.9 percent.

Reider's goal also ended Pittsburgh's shutout streak vs. Arizona on home ice at 162:17. Before Reider's tally, the Coyotes had not lit the lamp in Pittsburgh since March 28, 2015. 

Video: Rieder on Lone Goal vs. Pens

• Playing his 100th NHL game, goalie Antti Raanta stopped 34 of 37 shots, including all 15 he faced in the second period to keep Arizona within striking distance.

Raanta said the Coyotes, who played Monday at Washington, hung tough vs. Pittsburgh, but had little left in the tank late in the game.

Pittsburgh scored twice off Raanta in the first 3:07 of the game to set the tone.

"I think we were right there, but the last push was missing," Raanta said. "That's pretty much what you get with a back-to-back and you give up two quick goals early on in a game. As a goalie, you don't want to do that. The first 10 minutes are usually crucial ... It was tough for the team after those two goals."

Video: Raanta: 'We Were Right There'

• For the second game in two nights, the Coyotes killed five of six minor penalties. 

Phil Kessel scored Pittsburgh's lone power-play goal at 6:06 of the third period to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

"They won the Cup two years in a row for a reason," Rieder said. "You just can't give a team like that so many power plays. At some point it's going to hurt you, even though we did a good job on the penalty kill." 

• Tocchet received a rousing standing ovation from the sell-out crowd after a tribute to him was played on the video board during a break in the first period. Tocchet, of course, served as an assistant for Pittsburgh during its recent back-to-back championship seasons before coming to Arizona last summer. Tocchet also played for Pittsburgh in the 1990s.

After the game, Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford privately presented Tocchet with his championship ring for last season's run to the title.

"This is a great place," Tocchet said. "I love it here. Lot of good memories. I saw a lot of people before the game. It was nice. Lot of classy people around here."

Video: Tocchet on 6 Penalties vs. PIT

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Derek Stepan and Alex Goligoski each wore an 'A' for the Coyotes, who do not have a team captain this season.

• Anthony Duclair was a healthy scratch for the fifth time in the past six games. 

• Forward Michael Sislo joined the team a few hours before puck drop, but did not play. The Coyotes recalled Sislo from the American Hockey League early Tuesday.

• Arizona held Penguins captain Sidney Crosby to zero shots on goal, marking the first time he's gone without a shot in a regular-season game since March 3, 2017 vs. Tampa Bay. 

 

 

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