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Keller lifts Coyotes past Hurricanes in shootout

Forward scores 10th goal of season; Raanta makes 36 saves

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Keller said he practiced a shootout move earlier this week without much success. That didn't deter the Arizona Coyotes rookie from testing it out in his first NHL shootout.

Keller and Derek Stepan scored in the shootout, and Antti Raanta made 36 saves to help the Coyotes to their first home win of the season, a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.


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"It was a good to see it work there," said Keller, who deked to his forehand on the first attempt of the shootout. "Whatever you go with, you've got to be committed to it. I'm always going to go with my thought and if I believe in it, hopefully good things will happen."

Keller also scored for Arizona (2-12-1) at 11:33 of the second period. He leads all NHL rookies with 10 goals and 16 points.

Video: CAR@ARI: Keller taps home Richardson's terrific pass

Jordan Staal tied the game with 2:25 left in the third period for Carolina (4-5-3), which outshot Arizona by a combined total of 21-8 in the third period and overtime, but has lost four in a row and six of its past seven. Scott Darling made 23 saves.

"We've got to play like that for a full game, or at least try," Staal said. "The first two periods were just a track meet of giving away pucks and when we started playing hockey, we took over the game."

Darling kept the Coyotes off the scoreboard when he made a terrific glove save against Keller at 19:19 of the first period.

The Hurricanes had a chance to take the lead when Jeff Skinner was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway by Luke Schenn at 1:20 of the second period, but Skinner shot wide.

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead when Brad Richardson stole the puck from Justin Faulk in the high slot and slipped a backhand pass under Jaccob Slavin's stick to Keller for a backdoor tap-in at 11:33 of the second period. It was the 11th time in 15 games that the Coyotes have scored first.

"I think most guys that aren't Clayton Keller or really good players in this league would go to the net real hard there," Richardson said. "Instead, he pulls back and gives you an option. Smart play by him."

Carolina tied the game 1-1 when Noah Hanifin kept a puck in at the blue line and got it to Sebastian Aho on the left wing. Aho slid a pass across the slot to Staal, who shot it in the far side of the net at 17:35 of the third period.

"I thought we had a real good third and a real good overtime," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "Right now, we're struggling to score."

Raanta posted his first win in five games with the Coyotes.

"I felt really good," Raanta said. "I was dialed in. I felt like I was moving really good today and I was all the time in the right place and following the puck."

Video: CAR@ARI: Stepan goes backhand to seal shootout win


Goal of the game

Keller's goal on the first attempt of the shootout.

Video: CAR@ARI: Keller dances around Darling to score in SO


Save of the game

Raanta's back-to-back saves against Staal at 0:11 and 0:12 of overtime.

Video: CAR@ARI: Raanta steers away quick chances from Staal


Highlight of the game

Raanta's foray out of the net to push a puck away from Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan at 1:51 of overtime.

Video: CAR@ARI: Raanta tangles up with Ryan along the boards


They said it

"He was physical. He was hard on people in his battles. I thought he was fine." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on defenseman Roland McKeown's NHL debut


Video: CAR@ARI: Staal buries Aho's dish to even the game


"I'm happy we won, put it that way, but we still have to learn from our mistakes." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on his team's first home win


Need to know

Skinner moved into ninth place on the Hurricanes' all-time games played list with 509. … Keller has at least one point in eight of his past nine games (seven goals, five assists).


What's next

Hurricanes: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the Washington Capitals on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, FS-A, NHL.TV)


Video: Stepan, Raanta lift Coyotes to SO win over Hurricanes

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