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Six Coyotes score in win

Arizona has season high in goals against Canadiens

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

Duclair's power-play goal

MTL@ARI: Duclair puts rebound home for PPG

2/15/16: Anthony Duclair collects a rebound and fires it past the glove of Mike Condon for the power-play goal, giving the Coyotes a 2-1 lead

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes started Monday scrambling to find a backup goalie. They ended it with a big win behind their biggest offensive output in more than a year.

Martin Hanzal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had a goal and two assists to help the Coyotes to a 6-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Gila River Arena on Monday.

Anthony Duclair had a goal and an assist, and Brad Richardson, Kevin Connauton and Antoine Vermette each scored for the Coyotes (26-24-6), who had 13 of 18 skaters get at least one point and swept the Canadiens in a season series for the first time in franchise history.

"We were talking before the game about going hard to the net and making it hard on the goalie," said Hanzal, who has nine goals this season, three in the past four games. "We got the first couple of goals with hard work, and [Duclair] was very good tonight. These are games we have to have now."

Video: MTL@ARI: Hanzal scores on deflection in the 1st

It was a season high for goals for the Coyotes, and their most since a 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 3, 2015.

Arizona has 58 points, two more than it had all of last season and four behind the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche for one of two wild cards into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Dale Weise and Brendan Gallagher scored for Montreal (27-26-4), which has lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak. Canadiens goalie Mike Condon made 21 saves on 27 shots.

"There was a lack of energy and emotion, and we need that," Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban said. "Everyone has to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are playing their best hockey right now. You can't feel sorry for yourself or anyone else, you have to play your best and find your way.

Video: MTL@ARI: Ekman-Larsson scores a power-play goal

"We need guys playing with heavy hearts and being emotional, and we just didn't have that today."

Arizona goalie Louis Domingue made 17 saves, and the Coyotes needed him to go the distance after backup Anders Lindback was injured in an off-ice activity before warmups.

No further details were given on Lindback's lower-body injury, but Arizona coach Dave Tippett called it "very serious" before adding, "It doesn't look good."

An hour before the game, Arizona called emergency goalie Nathan Schoenfeld, the son of former Coyotes coach and New York Rangers senior vice president Jim Schoenfeld, to replace Lindback.

Video: MTL@ARI: Vermette scores great goal, extends lead

The 31-year-old father of 5-week-old twins got to the arena about 30 minutes before the game, signed a one-day amateur tryout contract and was on the bench in time for the American and Canadian national anthems.

"This was incredible. It's going to take a little while for it to soak in that this all really happened," said Schoenfeld, who took photos on the ice with his oldest son after the game. "Five weeks ago, my wife delivered twin boys, and tonight I'm on the bench as the backup goalie in an NHL game. Pretty good year so far."

Hanzal opened the scoring at 4:47 of the first period. Duclair set up Michael Stone for a shot from the right point that Hanzal deflected down and past Condon.

Montreal got the goal back less than five minutes later. Jacob De La Rose carried the puck behind the Arizona net and slipped a pass to Weise, who put the puck past Domingue at 9:02. Weise's goal was his 13th of the season but second since Dec. 28.

Video: MTL@ARI: Gallagher scores five-hole from circle

The Coyotes regained the lead on the power play after Montreal's David Desharnais was called for tripping Domingue behind the net. Condon made a save on Ekman-Larsson's shot from the point, but Hanzal outmuscled Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin for the puck and pushed it across the slot to Duclair, who scored into a half-open net.

Duclair's 16 goals are fifth among NHL rookies.

"It's always special to play against your hometown team and the team you grew up idolizing," said Duclair, a native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec. "[Hanzal] is really playing well right now; it's great to see him get going. He makes a lot of space out there, and it makes all of our jobs easier."

The score stayed 2-1 until the second period, when Montreal defenseman Greg Pateryn opened a cut on Arizona rookie forward Max Domi's nose with a cross-check to the head. Pateryn was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct, but not before Domi scrambled to his feet and earned a double minor for roughing.

Video: MTL@ARI: Weise ties the game on point-blank shot

Each team scored a goal at 4-on-4 with Pateryn and Domi in the penalty box. Richardson stuffed an Ekman-Larsson feed around Condon at 8:04, and Gallagher answered for Montreal 2:02 later with a long shot from outside the right circle that trickled through Domingue's pad to cut Arizona's lead to 3-2.

But 12 seconds after Domi exited the penalty box, he set up Ekman-Larsson at the top of the circles for a wrist shot through a Duclair screen that hit off the crossbar and went in at 11:52. It was Arizona's second power-play goal of the night and ninth in the past six games.

Ekman-Larsson's 16 goals are second among NHL defensemen, trailing the 18 of Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks.

Connauton capped the wild second period at 15:38, finishing a setup from Kyle Chipchura with a shot off the near post to make it 5-2. It was Connauton's first goal since Arizona claimed him off waivers from Columbus on Jan. 13.

Vermette completed the scoring with a backhand shot off a Mikkel Boedker feed 4:19 into the third period.

Video: Coyotes defeat Canadiens

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