Coy­otes snap skid, get first win with 4-3 OT vic­tory over Fly­ers

Ari­zona de­feats Fly­ers in OT to halt 11-game win­less streak

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page - Aaron Bracy

PHILADEL­PHIA – The strug­gling Ari­zona Coy­otes fi­nally got their first win of the sea­son, beat­ing the Philadel­phia Fly­ers 4-3 on Alex Goligoski’s over­time goal after blow­ing a two-goal lead in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion Mon­day night.

Goligoski scored with 14.4 sec­onds left on the clock in OT and Ari­zona (1-10-1) avoided set­ting an NHL record for most con­sec­u­tive losses to start a sea­son. Jor­dan Marti­nook, Chris­tian Dvo­rak and Bran­don Per­lini also scored for the Coy­otes, who matched the 1943-44 Rangers (0-11) by los­ing their first 11 games.

Sean Cou­turier scored twice and Ivan Provorov had three as­sists for the Fly­ers.

Ari­zona was in po­si­tion to close it out ear­lier, but Jor­dan Weal scored on a re­bound with 53 sec­onds left in the third pe­riod to pull Philadel­phia to 3-2 and Cou­turier tipped a shot past goalie Scott Wedge­wood with 16 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion to tie the game at 3.

Goligoski scored the win­ner from a sharp an­gle in the 3-on-3 over­time pe­riod after a pass from Clay­ton Keller. The Coy­otes leaped off the bench and swarmed Goligoski to cel­e­brate their first win.

Wedge­wood made 28 saves in his Ari­zona de­but, and Nik­las Hjal­mars­son added a pair of as­sists for the

Coy­otes. Wedge­wood was ac­quired Satur­day from the Devils for a 2018 fifthround draft pick. Ari­zona is await­ing the re­turn of starter Antti Raanta, who has been out since Oct. 12 with an up­per­body in­jury.

Weal pulled Philadel­phia within a goal by scor­ing on a re­bound be­fore Cou­turier’s equal­izer. Provorov bat­ted down the puck just in­side the blue line to keep the play in the of­fen­sive zone and passed to Claude Giroux, who sent a cross-ice pass to Cou­turier.

The Coy­otes struck first for the ninth time in 12 games when Marti­nook fin­ished from close range just 2:20 in after a deft pass from Hjal­mars­son from the slot. Hjal­mars­son faked a slap shot and passed to the weak side, where Marti­nook went to his knees and lifted the puck over div­ing Fly­ers goalie Brian El­liott.

Ari­zona made it 2-0 just more than 5½ min­utes later on Dvo­rak’s first goal of the sea­son. Oliver Ek­man-Lars­son took the ini­tial shot from the point. The at­tempt de­flected to Dvo­rak, who shot past El­liott’s right pad from a sharp an­gle.

It was an ugly first pe­riod for Philadel­phia, which man­aged just three shots — none by a for­ward — in the open­ing 20 min­utes.

The Coy­otes ex­tended their lead to 3-0 on Per­lini’s power-play goal 1:24 into the third. Per­lini’s quick wrist shot from the right cir­cle beat El­liott on the glove side.

Philadel­phia got a goal back 40 sec­onds later on Cou­turier’s power-play tally from the slot.

NOTES: Philadel­phia D Shayne Gostis­be­here was out of the lineup after sus­tain­ing an up­per-body in­jury in the Fly­ers’ 4-2 win over Toronto on Satur­day night. Gostis­be­here en­tered Mon­day lead­ing de­fense­men with 13 points. The team orig­i­nally planned to re­place him with rookie Sam Morin, but nag­ging in­juries to Morin prompted the Fly­ers to in­stead re­call Mark Alt from Le­high Val­ley of the AHL for his sec­ond NHL game. . The Fly­ers will play at Ari­zona on Feb. 10 to com­plete the sea­son se­ries.

Up next

Coy­otes: Com­plete a five-game road trip with the sec­ond game of a back-to­back on Tues­day night at Detroit.

Fly­ers: Play the sec­ond of 10 straight games against West­ern Con­fer­ence teams Wed­nes­day night at Chicago.

AP

The Coy­otes’ Luke Schenn (cen­ter right) cel­e­brates Mon­day’s win with Scott Wedge­wood (cen­ter left) and Oliver Ek­man-Lars­son (left) as the Fly­ers’ Wayne Sim­monds (right) looks on fol­low­ing the over­time pe­riod in Philadel­phia.

GETTY IM­AGES

Ari­zona’s Clay­ton Keller cel­e­brates Mon­day’s game-win­ning goal.

ERIC HARTLINE/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Coy­otes coach Rick Toc­chet watches from be­hind the bench dur­ing the third pe­riod against the Philadel­phia Fly­ers at Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

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