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Coyotes beat Flyers in OT and collect first win

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

PHILADELPHIA -- On Mischief Night, with hundreds of fans wearing Halloween costumes at the Wells Fargo Center, the team in orange and black got tricked into complacency during the first two periods.

Arizona, which entered the night with an 0-10-1 record and the NHL's worst defense, scored two early goals, took a 3-1 lead into the final minute of regulation, and appeared ready to close out its first victory.

And then ...

The Flyers pulled goalie Brian Elliott for an extra attacker and, stunningly, scored two goals in the final minute, knotting the score at 3.

But Arizona regrouped and won it, 4-3, on defenseman Alex Goligoski's goal with 15.3 seconds left in overtime. A Travis Sanheim miscue down the other end started the odd-man rush that produced the winning goal.

The Flyers (6-5-1) were fortunate to salvage a point.

 

"We didn't play very well the first two periods," said Sean Couturier, who scored a pair of goals, including one with 14.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. "We battled back, but it was too big of a hole to complete the comeback."

With 52.6 seconds left in regulation, the Flyers got to within 3-2 as Jordan Weal scored on a rebound. Then they tied it with 14.4 seconds remaining as Couturier redirected Claude Giroux's shot into the net for his second goal of the night and team-high ninth of the season. Defenseman Ivan Provorov, who had three assists, seven shots and a plus-2 rating, started the sequence by keeping the puck in the zone at the blue line.

The Coyotes, who had been allowing 4.4 goals per game, gave new coach Rick Tocchet his first win with Arizona. Finally.

"We knew they were better than their record showed," Couturier said. "They have some pretty good skill. ... But we have to be stronger on pucks, make plays, make better decisions at those blue lines. Sometimes, just simplifying it is better."

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