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Hinostroza has three points, Coyotes defeat Senators

Scores two goals, has assist for Arizona, which gets sixth win in eight games

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Correspondent

Hinostroza's second of the game

ARI@OTT: Hinostroza puts home carom off end boards

Vinnie Hinostroza buries a carom off the end boards and puts the Coyotes back in front with his second goal of the game

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OTTAWA -- Vinnie Hinostroza scored two goals and had an assist for the Arizona Coyotes in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday.

"We stuck to what's worked for us and it led to some goals and some good defense," Hinostroza said. "We've been playing really good hockey right now. We like where this is going. We just want to keep it going."

 

[WATCH: All Coyotes vs. Senators highlights]

 

Richard Panik had two assists, and Derek Stepan scored for the Coyotes (23-22-4), who won for the sixth time in eight games (6-1-1). Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves for his sixth win in seven starts.

"The Stepan line was excellent tonight," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "They had a lot of possession time, changed momentum when they were on the ice, and they did a great job for us tonight.

"[Hinostroza] is really hard on the forecheck, [Panik] is being real sticky in the corners, and [Stepan] is a smart guy, he kind of reacts off those guys. … Just the chemistry right now, they're feeling it."

Ryan Dzingel had a goal and an assist, Bobby Ryan scored, and Craig Anderson made 30 saves for the Senators (19-26-5), who have lost two in a row.

"The guys fought," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "You saw that we had two high-end scoring chances at the end that could've definitely tied the game. We had some high-end scoring chances, whether it's in the first or second. We could've scored more goals, absolutely."

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson left the game at 4:24 of the second period with a lower-body injury.

Video: ARI@OTT: Hinostroza opens scoring after turnover

Hinostroza scored off a cross-crease pass from Panik to give Arizona a 1-0 lead at 11:39 of the first period.

Ryan one-timed a pass from Dzingel to tie it 1-1 at 1:09 of the second.

Hinostroza scored his second of the night with a shot from the edge of the crease that went off the left post and barely crossed the goal line to make it 2-1 at 3:31. He has scored three times in two games after going without a goal in 21 games from Nov. 13-Jan. 18.

"When you're in a slump, you grip your stick a little tight," Hinostroza said. "And then once you get that first one, you tend to feel better and just get more confidence. When you're playing with confidence, you're a whole different player."

Stepan one-timed a pass from Panik in the slot to make it 3-1 at 6:25.

"The wheels fell off [in the second period]," Ryan said. "We had a sloppy eight minutes of hockey, and it cost us the game."

Dzingel scored with a wrist shot from the top of the right face-off circle to cut it to 3-2 at 7:35 of the third period. It was his 20th goal.

Video: ARI@OTT: Dzingel scores off the face-off

The Coyotes are two points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"We all know where we are in the standings," defenseman Jordan Oesterle said. "We know what's at stake with every game that we play. We're fighting every inch by inch to try and make a push to the playoffs."

 
They said it

"It's tough. You can't replace a guy like [Oliver Ekman-Larsson]. He's the heartbeat of our team; he's our leader. But I think the five of us (remaining defensemen) on the bench just dug in and wanted to get this win and get out of here." -- Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle on losing their captain for more than half the game

 

"It's never fun when you lose, and I think having a couple losses here definitely hurts. But I think the way we've been playing, we've been in the game, we've been right there, it could've gone either way, a bounce here, a bounce there, so overall we've got to be pretty satisfied that we're in the game and we've got ourselves a chance." -- Senators goalie Craig Anderson

 

"Everybody in the NHL [has tough games], whether you're 19 or whether you're 35, you have those games during the year. And you've got to fight through it and fight back, and he did the rest of the game." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher on rookie forward Brady Tkachuk, whose turnover led to the Coyotes' first goal

 
Need to know

Tocchet said they will know more Wednesday about Ekman-Larsson's injury. … It was the Senators' final game before 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be followed by their mandatory five-day break.

 
What's next

Coyotes: At the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN1, RDS, FS-A, NHL.TV)

Senators: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 1. (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Video: Hinostroza scores twice in 3-2 victory vs. Senators

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