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Garland has goal, assist for Coyotes in win against Senators

Arizona extends point streak to five games, hands Ottawa third straight loss

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

Garland pads the Coyotes' lead

OTT@ARI: Garland puts home rebound from the circle

Conor Garland one-time blasts a juicy rebound into twine to extend the Coyotes' lead to 3-0 in the 2nd period

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Conor Garland had a goal and an assist, and Kyle Capobianco scored his first NHL goal for the Arizona Coyotes in a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Alex Goligoski had two assists, and Antti Raanta made 34 saves in his second start of the season for the Coyotes (4-2-1), who won their third game in a row and have at least a point in five straight (4-0-1).

"We have a little streak. It's good. I'm excited about that," said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, whose team has allowed an NHL-low 13 goals in seven games.


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Chris Tierney scored the first power-play goal of the season for the Senators (1-5-1), and Vladislav Namestnikov scored shorthanded after the Coyotes took a 4-0 lead in the third period. Craig Anderson made 22 saves for Ottawa, which lost its third in a row.

Capobianco scored when his wrist shot from the left point deflected off Namestnikov 7:09 into the first period for a 1-0 Arizona lead. Capobianco, a defenseman playing in his sixth NHL game, is in the lineup because of injuries to Niklas Hjalmarsson and Jordan Oesterle.

"It's a special day. I'm glad it happened," said Capobianco, who began the season with Tucson of the American Hockey League. "I know when I get called up I've got to play my game and take advantage of the opportunity. You never want to see anybody go down, but I'm just trying to take advantage of any ice time I get."

Video: OTT@ARI: Capobianco wires wrister for first goal

Oliver Ekman-Larsson made it 2-0 at 8:32 after Anderson tried to bat away the rebound of Clayton Keller's shot. Garland scored off the rebound of a Brad Richardson shot to increase the lead to 3-0 at 9:40 of the second.

"We knew they were going to come out hard, but we didn't match their compete level early on, and they hemmed us in and they dominated," Tierney said. "And it ended up being too much to come back from."

Carl Soderberg scored the Coyotes' sixth power-play goal in three games for a 4-0 lead at 1:18 of the third.

"We were playing catch-up hockey, which is tough for a team that doesn't score a lot," Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. "But the second and third period, I really liked our effort. But you don't take anything away from Arizona. They don't give you anything."

Namestnikov scored his third goal in five games with the Senators since being acquired in a trade from the New York Rangers to cut it to 4-1 at 2:58. 

"We turned a lot of pucks over early, but as the game went on, I thought we got a lot better," Namestnikov said. "It's hard to play against them because they're very structured and don't give you much. It's always hard to play from behind."

Ottawa was 0-for-22 on the power play until Tierney scored at 4:08 to make it 4-2. 

Raanta won for the first time since Nov. 2, 2018, a 4-3 victory in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes. He missed the final four months of the 2018-19 season with a lower-body injury.

"When you haven't played in 11 months, it doesn't really matter what kind of game it is, you're just happy to be back and playing and enjoying every second," said Raanta, who made 29 saves in his season debut, a 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 12. "We've been playing really good hockey, so when you get a chance to play you want to also contribute and to get the wins."

Lawson Crouse scored into an empty net at 19:05 for the 5-2 final.

Video: OTT@ARI: Ekman-Larsson cleans up rebound in front


They said it

"I think it's nice to, you know, finally get [rid of] the goose egg. You're thinking about it and maybe gripping your stick a little tight. It's about sticking with it every day and coming up with a plan and executing it." -- Senators forward Chris Tierney on scoring their first goal on the power play

"I like the way our team's been playing all year. We were a little sloppy in the third and we've got to be careful. We've got to be able to handle prosperity too. We can't get too high on ourselves. We're not that kind of team." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Need to know

The Coyotes' record is their best after seven games since they were 4-2-1 in 2013-14. … Arizona is 7-1-1 in its past nine games against Ottawa. … Senators forward Artem Anisimov (lower-body injury) practiced Friday but was held out for a third consecutive game. … Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz has three goals and five assists during a five-game point streak that is ties his NHL career high. … Garland has four goals in the past five games.


What's next

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

Coyotes: At the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Video: Capobianco nets first NHL goal, Coyotes top Senators

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