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Kapanen gives Maple Leafs OT win against Coyotes

Scores at 3:43 after Arizona has goal overturned for goalie interference at 1:30

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

Kapanen's top-shelf OT winner

ARI@TOR: Kapanen roofs overtime winner off the rush

Kasperi Kapanen bats the puck ahead, skates in and finishes top shelf in transition to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 overtime victory

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TORONTO -- Kasperi Kapanen scored on a breakaway at 3:43 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

After Jordan Oesterle had the puck ricochet off his stick into the air at the offensive blue line, Kapanen swatted it forward and outraced Oesterle to the loose puck before shooting over Adin Hill's glove.

"I think everybody here knows that's my go-to move when I get a breakaway so I just decided to try it and hopefully it would go in, and it did," Kapanen said. "We need these points, we need these extra points. At this point in the season with the standings, these are big points for us."


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The Coyotes appeared to have won 1:30 into overtime when Jakob Chychrun took a pass from Taylor Hall at the top of the slot and shot between Jack Campbell's pads, but the goal was overturned for goalie interference on Derek Stepan.

"It's definitely a little bit different. You think you win the game and then it's game-on again, so it's a little bit different," Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak said. "It was unfortunate."

Zach Hyman scored twice, Alexander Kerfoot had two assists, and Campbell made 35 saves for the Maple Leafs (30-19-8), who are 2-0-1 in their past three games.

"We did feel pretty confident. Jack felt very confident," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said about the goalie interference review. "When you look at it, it was as straightforward as you're going to get for these types of calls."

Video: ARI@TOR: Hyman hammers Tavares' setup home

Dvorak and Carl Soderberg scored, and Hill made 38 saves for the Coyotes (28-23-8), who are 2-5-3 in their past 10 games.

"I thought we played a pretty solid game for the most part, it was a tough bounce there at the end," Dvorak said. "It would have been nice to get that extra point. I think we're playing a lot better now [in the past two games] than a few games ago so I think it's a good sign but there's not too many moral victories around here at this time of year."

Soderberg put the Coyotes up 2-1 at 19:13 of the second period when he shot a loose puck in the slot past Campbell's pad. It was Soderberg's 100th NHL goal. 

Video: ARI@TOR: Soderberg nets backhander for 100th NHL goal

Hyman tied it 2-2 at 1:33 of the third period when he one-timed a backhand pass on one knee from John Tavares in the slot.

"He called for it so I had a good sense of where he was, and their defenseman cross-checked me so I felt he didn't have time to get his stick down as quick as he could," Tavares said. "As soon as I got it after he knocked me down, I just wanted to get it over to him as quick as I could. It was a good job by him calling for it."

The Coyotes went ahead 1-0 at 1:04 of the first period when Dvorak put in a rebound in the slot from Conor Garland's shot.

Video: ARI@TOR: Dvorak opens the scoring after redirect

Hyman tied it 1-1 at 14:23 when he deflected a point shot from Tyson Barrie, who one-timed a pass from Kerfoot. Hyman has 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in his past 28 games. 

"Not like this in the NHL but my last year in college I put up some points. I try not to think about that stuff, I just go out and play my game," Hyman said about his offense. "I don't think I've changed anything; I don't want to lose who I am with my style and what type of game I play. Points come, I guess, if you're just playing hard and become more confident with the puck."

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They said it

"It's not too hard, you're in the game still. It [stinks] that we think we won there for a minute but that's the way it goes, goalie interference and they called it back. But it was a hard-fought game, I thought we had a lot of jump in our step. I thought we played a good game all-around. It was honestly just a good hockey game, but it [stinks] that we came out one point short." -- Coyotes goalie Adin Hill 

"I usually don't get too emotional in the game but the guy bumped me pretty good and their guy shot it five-hole so I knew I would have saved that if he didn't bump me. You never know how it's going to be called but I tried to state my case a little bit. Thankfully it got overturned and we won the game, so it was good." -- Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell


Need to know

Chychrun had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists. … Dvorak has six goals in the past 10 games. … The Coyotes were playing the second game of a back to back. They won 3-2 at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. … Tavares extended his point streak to five games (five goals, three assists) but had his four-game goal streak end. … Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen missed his fourth consecutive game with a neck injury.


What's next

Coyotes: At the Ottawa Senators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNO, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

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