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Raanta makes 23 saves, Coyotes silence Senators

Arizona wins for eighth time in past 11 games

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Antti Raanta made 23 saves, and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jordan Martinook scored for Arizona (20-34-10), which is 8-2-1 in its past 11 games.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for Ottawa (22-32-10), which is 1-5-1 in its past seven games. Mike Condon made 25 saves.


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The Coyotes swept the two-game season series from the Senators, the first time they have swept a multiple-game season series from Ottawa since moving to Arizona in 1996. The Coyotes defeated the Senators 3-2 in overtime at Canadian Tire Centre on Nov. 18.

Arizona went 5-2-0 on its seven-game homestand and is 11-7-5 in 2018.

"Even the Vancouver game we lost, I thought we deserved better," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said of the 3-1 loss Feb. 25. "When you play at home you've got to be hard to play against and I think we've established a work ethic here. We've got a long ways to go, but the one thing we've established is that this team will work."

Video: OTT@ARI: Raanta stones Ryan's one-timer

The Senators ended a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) with a 5-4 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday. Trailing 2-1 after two periods on Saturday, Ottawa had four shots in the third period.

"I think the disappointing part was the third period," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "We sabotaged ourselves, plain and simple. We took [three] penalties, so we had to kill that, and when you're on a back-to-back in the third period the guys you're looking to go get goals have to play on the PK or be in the penalty box. There was no push in the third period."

Pageau gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 3:24 of the first period when he redirected Bobby Ryan's pass from the left face-off circle past Raanta. Pageau has two goals in his past two games.

Video: OTT@ARI: Pageau taps home Ryan's great feed

Ekman-Larsson tied it 1-1 at 18:46 with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle. Brendan Perlini created a screen by moving across Condon's line of vision just as Ekman-Larsson shot.

Martinook made it 2-1 at 14:08 of the second period. Brad Richardson slipped a backhand pass from behind the net through Pageau's skates to Martinook standing alone in front of the net, and he snapped the puck into the far side.

"I was in pretty tight so I just wanted to hit it as hard as I could and it snuck through his arm," Martinook said. "When [Richardson] puts it on a tee there -- I don't even know if that's from the ladies tees, that's probably from the junior tees -- that was a pretty nice set-up."


Goal of the game

Ekman-Larsson's goal at 18:46 of the first period.

Video: OTT@ARI: Ekman-Larsson buries wrister to tie the game


Save of the game

Raanta's save on Alexandre Burrows at 5:33 of the second period.

Video: OTT@ARI: Raanta robs Burrows' slapper from the dot


Highlight of the game

Martinook's goal at 14:08 of the second period.

Video: OTT@ARI: Martinook jams home Richardson's nice feed


They said it

"I don't think we want to use it as an excuse but it was a pretty quick turnaround. Two games in less than 24 [hours]. Definitely puts you behind the 8-ball a little bit." -- Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki


"Everybody is doing the little things and that's why we're winning hockey games now. It's a game of details and everybody is chipping in." -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson


Need to know

Senators forward Mark Stone has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in an eight-game point streak, and 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in his past 17 games. … Ekman-Larsson has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past seven games. … Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games. … Coyotes defenseman Derek Stepan scored his 400th NHL point.


What's next

Senators: At the Dallas Stars on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the Edmonton Oilers on Monday (9 p.m. ET; SNOL, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)


Video: Ekman-Larsson, Martinook lead Coyotes past Sens, 2-1

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