Ari­zona gets 1st win, de­feats Ana­heim in shootout

Coy­otes win with goals from Strome and Richard­son, snap 67 minute goal drought

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ANA­HEIM — Nick Cousins scored in the shootout, Antti Raanta made 23 saves and the Ari­zona Coy­otes beat the Ana­heim Ducks 3-2 on Wed­nes­day night for their first win of the sea­son.

Dy­lan Strome and Brad Richard­son scored for Ari­zona (1-2), which dropped its first 11 games last sea­son.

The Coy­otes got their first goal this sea­son when Strome con­verted a pow­er­play op­por­tu­nity with 2 1/2 min­utes left in the first. They were the last NHL team to score.

Ana­heim was try­ing for the first 4-0 start in fran­chise his­tory. Ryan Kesler and Ben Street scored for the Ducks (3-1), and John Gib­son made 37 saves.

Street’s goal at 14:39 of the sec­ond pe­riod was his


first in the NHL.

Ana­heim’s Jakob Sil­fver­berg had a chance to win it late in over­time but fired wide of the net.

Kesler re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing the first three games of the sea­son. The cen­ter had hip surgery in June 2017 and played in only 44 games last sea­son.

Kesler was the cen­ter on the third line and scored 5:52 into the first pe­riod. He bat­tled for the puck in front of the Ari­zona goal be­fore fir­ing it past Raanta.


It was Ari­zona’s long­est goal drought to open a sea­son, more than dou­bling the 67:11 mark at the start of the 1996-97 sea­son.

Ari­zona’s Derek Stepan played in his 600th NHL game. He is the ninth player from the 2008 draft class and first non-first round pick to reach that mile­stone.


ANA­HEIM DUCKS’ RICKARD RAKELL (LEFT) faces off against Ari­zona Coy­otes’ Brad Richard­son (15) dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of a game Wed­nes­day in Ana­heim.

Coy­otes 3 Ducks 2 (SO)

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