RECAP: Again down 3-0 to Ducks, Arizona Coyotes rally for win

By Field Level Media
Feb 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) makes a save on Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) as center Ryan Getzlaf (15) defends durign the first period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak scored in the shootout for the Coyotes, who also came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Ducks 4-3 in regulation on Monday.

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Pitlick and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland notched two assists apiece.

Darcy Kuemper made 18 saves for the Coyotes before leaving early in the third period with an apparent injury. He was replaced by Adin Hill, who stopped all 14 shots he faced in regulation and overtime after entering the game with the Coyotes trailing 3-0.

Max Comtois had a goal and an assist, Josh Mahura and Max Jones also scored and Ryan Miller made 25 saves to lead the Ducks, who are winless in their past five games (0-4-1). Trevor Zegras was the only Anaheim player to score in the shootout.

Kessel tied it at 3-3 with 3:21 remaining in the third period off a feed from Garland.

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Miller was on track for his first shutout in just over two years, but Arizona scored twice in just under two minutes midway through the third period to make it a one-goal game.

Pitlick bounced in a deflection at 10:05, and Chychrun’s shot went off two Anaheim players and into the net to cut it to 3-2 at 11:49.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead with 12 seconds left in the first period on the team-leading eighth goal of the season by Comtois, twice as many as the next closest Anaheim player.

Comtois was hit in the midsection with a point shot as he tried to screen Kuemper. The puck fell at Comtois’ skates, and he quickly backhanded it through his legs and past Kuemper.

Mahura, playing his third straight game in place of one of Anaheim’s top defenseman, Hampus Lindholm (lower-body injury), made it 2-0 at 7:58 of the second.

Jones scored a power-play goal on a loose puck in close for the second straight game to extend the lead to 3-0 at 15:46 of the second period.

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–Field Level Media