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Coyotes defeat Panthers in overtime

Tobias Rieder's goal gives Arizona second straight win

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tobias Rieder scored 48 seconds into overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers at Gila River Arena on Monday.

Christian Fischer scored his second goal in his second NHL game and Alexander Burmistrov (two assists) set up Rieder's game-winner. Ryan White also scored and Mike Smith made 23 saves for the Coyotes (15-26-6).


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Burmistrov has five assists in five games since Arizona claimed him off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 2. Rookie Jakob Chychrun had two assists for the Coyotes, who had a season-high 42 shots and won for the fourth time in their past five home games.

"[Burmistrov] made a nice play and let me step into one and it went right in," said Rieder, who has goals in back-to-back games and 10 for the season. "He's a good playmaker and really skilled. You're just looking for a place to get open and he's going to put the puck on your stick."

Video: FLA@ARI: Fischer, White score 12 seconds apart

Arizona will go for its first three-game winning streak of the season Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Vincent Trocheck and Michael Sgarbossa scored for Florida (20-19-10), which has lost four straight (0-2-2) on their road trip and has scored two goals or fewer in eight of the past 11 games.

"The guys are frustrated. Everybody's frustrated because we're not winning enough," Panthers coach Tom Rowe said. "Our power play has to start producing some goals because we're not scoring a lot 5-on-5. We've got to get more offense out of some of our top-end guys."

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 39 saves but was again denied his 450th NHL career win.

"[Luongo] has been playing unreal and [backup goalie James Reimer as well], but it's tough for them when we're not scoring goals," said Florida defenseman Keith Yandle, who became the ninth player in NHL history to play in 600 consecutive games. "We're kind of leaving them hung out to dry."

Video: FLA@ARI: Luongo falls down, stops Stone's shot

The Panthers didn't have a shot for the first 10 minutes but killed off two penalties and jumped out on top when Trocheck scored his 10th goal in 14 games on a rebound at 14:24.

But the Coyotes responded quickly with two goals in 12 seconds early in the second period.

After Burmistrov won a face-off, Fischer deflected Chychrun's shot down and under Luongo at 2:03. Fischer, who had a goal in his NHL debut Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, is the first player in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history to score in each of his first two games, and did so on his first two shots.

"I was a lot more comfortable in the second game," Fischer said. "The first one is full of emotion, the cameras following you and stuff. Tonight, I played my game and was more confident with the puck. My parents stayed for another game, so I guess we'll keep them around as long as we keep winning."

Right off the ensuing faceoff, Chychrun fed White along the right side. He froze Jakob Kindl with a fake slap shot before putting a wrist shot over Luongo's pad at 2:15 to give Arizona a 2-1 lead.

The Panthers tied it when Sgarbossa ran down a rebound of his own deflected shot and beat a sprawling Smith at 6:34.

Video: FLA@ARI: Sgarbossa bangs a rebound past Smith


Goal of the game

Trocheck fought off Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse and was sitting on the doorstep to put home Kindl's rebound at 14:24 of the first period to continue his scoring surge.

Video: FLA@ARI: Trocheck slams home Kindl's rebound


Save of the game

Smith struggled with puck control much of the night, but made a big save on a partial breakaway by Jonathan Marchessault with 1:29 left in the second period to keep it a 2-2 game.

Video: FLA@ARI: Smith stops Marchessault on an odd-man rush


Unsung performance of the game

Jussi Jokinen was about to put home a Trochek rebound with 18:35 left, but Arizona defenseman Michael Stone dashed in at the last instant to deflect the puck away from the empty net.

Video: FLA@ARI: Stone hustles back to save a goal


Highlight of the game

Burmistrov won his ninth faceoff of the game in overtime and set up Rieder for a one-timer 13 seconds later for the game-winner.

Video: FLA@ARI: Rieder launches OT winner past Luongo


They said it

"Good things happen when you put the puck on the net. That's what we did tonight and we have to do it a lot more." -- Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder


Need to know

The Coyotes haven't lost to the Panthers in their past 10 games in Arizona (7-0-1-2). The most recent loss came Dec. 8, 1999 at America West Arena in Phoenix, where Pavel Bure had a hat trick in Florida's 6-1 win.


What's next

Panthers: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. SUN, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, SNP, NHL.TV)


Video: Rieder's OT winner lifts Coyotes past Panthers, 3-2

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