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Devils lose 10th straight game

Mike Smith stops Taylor Hall on penalty shot, Coyotes hang on for win

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Smith made a save against Taylor Hall on a penalty shot with 2:38 remaining, and the Arizona Coyotes held on for a 5-4 win against the New Jersey Devils at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

The Devils have lost 10 straight games (0-8-2), the longest losing streak in the NHL this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They trailed 4-0 before scoring three straight goals.

With Arizona leading 5-4, Smith closed the five-hole to stop Hall on the penalty shot after defenseman Luke Schenn took down the New Jersey forward on a breakaway.

 

WATCH: All Devils vs. Coyotes highlights

 

"I don't know what the move is. But I've played against him for quite a few years now," Smith said of Hall, who played six seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. "You just try to be patient and wait for him to make the first move.

"We didn't totally blow it … but a little hectic, a little bit closer that it needed to be."

Tobias Rieder and Jakob Chychrun each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes (24-35-8), who won for the first time in three games. Radim Vrbata and Tobias Rieder scored in the first period, Brendan Perlini scored a power-play goal in the second, and Smith made 26 saves.

Kyle Palmieri scored twice, and Beau Bennett and John Moore each had a goal for the Devils (25-31-12), who have not won since Feb. 18.

Video: NJD@ARI: Severson's shot deflects off Palmieri and in

Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo scored to give the Coyotes a 5-3 lead with 6:29 remaining. Moore's goal with 4:58 left made it 5-4.

Max Domi fed Vrbata in front for his 16th goal to make it 1-0 at 1:27 of the first. Rieder made it 2-0 1:26 later with his NHL career-high 15th goal. Chychrun scored to make it 3-0 at 18:26.

Devils coach John Hynes pulled starter Cory Schneider after Perlini scored to make it 4-0 at 3:59 of the second. Schneider made six saves.

"We had a couple of breakdowns, but we gathered ourselves a little bit better after that," Hynes said. "Unfortunately, we were one short."

Palmieri scored off a Hall pass to make it 4-1 at 5:47 of the second. Bennett stole the puck from Schenn and scored at 12:09 to cut the Coyotes lead to 4-2.

Palmieri got the Devils within 4-3 when he deflected Damon Severson's wrist shot from the point between Smith's pads 17 seconds into the third period for his second goal of the night.

Keith Kinkaid made 20 saves on 21 shots in relief of Schneider.

 

Goal of the game

Perlini beat Schneider over his glove with a wrist shot through traffic from above the left faceoff circle.

Video: NJD@ARI: Perlini extends Coyotes' lead with PPG

 

Save of the game

Smith closed his pads just in time to stop Hall on the penalty shot and keep the Coyotes ahead by a goal late in the third period. "I scored on Smith I don't know how many times, probably three or four times, five-hole in my career," Hall said. "I tried to go five-hole and it just got up the ice a little too high, and he made a good save."

Video: NJD@ARI: Smith stones Hall's penalty shot attempt

 

Unsung performance of the game

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy had an assist, a plus-1 rating, five blocked shots and five hits, including a big one on forward Kevin Rooney in the first period.

 

Highlight of the game

DeAngelo patiently waited for an opening before scoring the game-winner with a shot from the high slot.

Video: NJD@ARI: DeAngelo finds twine from the high slot

 

They said it

"We've got a good group of guys in here. I think we stick together pretty well. That has to continue no matter what the situation is. Our push-back, our togetherness after they went up was great." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall on continuing to work hard despite their long losing streak

 

"In the second and third period, we sat back and got too comfortable with the lead. We knew their coaching staff was probably a little mad at them, so we knew they'd come out flying, and that's what they did." -- Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder

 

Need to know

The win was Smith's 126th with Arizona, tying him with Nikolai Khabibulin for third on the all-time Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise list (Ilya Bryzgalov, 130; Bob Essensa, 129). … Vrbata's goal was his 153rd with the Coyotes, passing Jeremy Roenick and Laurie Boschman for eighth on the franchise list.

 

What's next

Devils: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (10 p.m. ET; FS-A, ALT, NHL.TV)

 

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