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'Yotes Notes: Kuemper Inks Contract Extension Before First Game

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

GLENDALE -- Darcy Kuemper, whom the Coyotes acquired via trade from the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, signed a two-year contract extension before dressing for his first game with the team on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

"It all happened so quick," Kuemper said after his first morning skate with Arizona. "That was obviously very exciting, and I was very happy (because) they're showing a lot of commitment to me and a lot of confidence in me. I'm glad to be here and glad to be here for a couple more years. I'm excited to contribute to this young and up-and-coming team."

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Credits Goaltending, 'Buy In' as Keys to Win Streak

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes pushed their winning streak to a season-high four games on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena.

Christian Dvorak scored the lone goal, and Antti Raanta made 40 saves to earn his first shutout of the season.

The triumph capped Arizona's finest week of the campaign as the Coyotes won all four games they played and held opponents - Chicago, San Jose, Montreal and Edmonton - to just four goals. Head Coach Rick Tocchet said the common threads in the four wins were strong goaltending and the team's willingness to "buy in" to his system.

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'Yotes Notes: Keller Notches Four Points in Win over Canadiens

Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller chipped in a goal and three assists on Thursday night in 5-2 triumph vs. Montreal

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

GLENDALE -- Clayton Keller, the NHL's Rookie of the Month back in October, is getting his second wind.

"He had a spell there where he was tired," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said after Arizona's 5-2 win over Montreal at Gila River Arena on Thursday night. "As a kid you're trying to figure yourself out in the NHL, and I think in the last seven games he's back to the Clayton of the first couple months."

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona Scores Season-High Six Goals

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

Playing the 3,000th game in franchise history, the Coyotes notched a season-high six goals on Monday night during a resounding 6-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Gila River Arena.

Arizona scored two goals in each period to end a nine-game losing streak vs. Chicago.

Antti Raanta stopped 37 of 38 shots faced, and six players tallied goals for Arizona. Eleven Coyotes notched at least one point and five notched two. 

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Coyotes Struggle to Produce in 6-0 Loss to Kings

by Jerry Brown @FrozenRubber / Arizona Coyotes Correspondent

The Arizona Coyotes were involved in the wrong kind of hat trick Saturday, allowing goals in even-strength, short-handed and power-play situations in a 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

The Coyotes had beaten the Kings in each of the last four meetings. But their offense, which struggled in a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, continued to sputter and didn't produce many chances or much pressure.

Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves for his third shutout and the sixth for the Kings this season.

 

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Seeks More Resiliency After Break

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

The Coyotes, minus Oliver Ekman-Larsson, practiced Monday at Gila River Arena after a three-day break for the NHL All-Star Game.

Ekman-Larsson, of course, represented the team at the All-Star Game in Tampa Bay over the weekend and helped the Pacific Division claim victory. He's expected at Tuesday's practice.

Arizona next plays on Thursday at home vs. Dallas.

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'Yotes Notes: Perlini Extends Scoring Streak in Loss to Blue Jackets

Brendan Perlini has scored a goal in four consecutive games

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

Playing in his 100th NHL game, Brendan Perlini extended his goal-scoring streak to four games on Thursday night during Arizona's 2-1 loss to Columbus at Gila River Arena.

Trailing 1-0, Perlini notched a power-play goal at 7:39 of the third period when he swept a kick pass from Christian Dvorak past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from near the right post. Columbus challenged Perlini's goal citing goaltender interference on Richard Panik, but the tally was reviewed and approved. 

Perlini's goal was noteworthy for several reasons:

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'Yotes Notes: Raanta's Key Saves in OT Trigger Victory

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

Antti Raanta made three key saves in overtime to help the Coyotes beat the New York Islanders, 3-2, on Monday night at Gila River Arena.

Raanta stopped a shot from the left circle by Nick Leddy and then two more by Leddy and John Tavares in quick succession during a scramble in front of Arizona's net. Moments later, Nick Cousins ended the game with a backhanded goal past Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak. 

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'Yotes Notes: Outburst in First Period Sets Tone For Win Over Blues

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

Ten Coyotes notched at least one point in the first period on Saturday night as Arizona exploded for four goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center.

Christian Dvorak scored twice and Clayton Keller chipped in two assists during the four-goal outburst early in the game that helped Arizona end a 12-game losing streak vs. St. Louis and beat the Blues for the first time since Nov. 12, 2013. 

"They came from a road trip and it's their first game back so we wanted to jump on them," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "We were really quick in the corners. That's our key ... We were committed to get inside the dots. St. Louis is a great hockey team and to beat them you've got to get inside the dots and we did. We're starting to find some traction here the last seven or eight games." 

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'Yotes Notes: Perlini Scores Memorable Backhanded Goal in Loss to Preds

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

NASHVILLE - Coyotes forward Brendan Perlini is known for his speed and his shot. On Thursday night vs. Nashville, he again showed off the former and a new wrinkle on the latter. 

Tied 1-1 in the third period, Perlini weaved his way through mutliple defenders and then launched a backhanded shot over Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne's blocker and under the crossbar for his 11th goal of the season.

It was the prettiest goal of the game, which the Predators won, 3-2, in a shootout at Bridgestone Arena.

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