Coyotes snap skid, get first win with 4-3 OT victory over Flyers
Arizona defeats Flyers in OT to halt 11-game winless streak
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.
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.
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.
Arizona’s Clayton Keller celebrates Monday’s game-winning goal.
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet watches from behind the bench during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.