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GLENDALE [url=]Sonny Milano Jersey[/url] , Ariz. (AP)   game as a must-win, and Arizona was up for the task.It just took a couple of periods to get going.Clayton Keller and Brad Richardson scored during Arizonas three-goal third, and the Coyotes beat the first-place Vancouver Canucks 4-1.In our eyes, it was a game that we needed, Tocchet said. We were a little sloppy the first couple (of periods). But the third period, the players dug in, which Im proud of.Keller took advantage of a turnover in Vancouvers zone to make it 2-1 about four minutes into the third, and Richardson scored short-handed about eight minutes later. Lawson Crouse added an empty-net goal.Arizona ended a two-game home skid and has won three of four overall. The Coyotes played the first of five games at home after a four-game road trip.We got better as the game went along. It definitely wasnt pretty but we got the job done, and thats what matters the most, Keller said. I kind of just shot it five-hole [url=][/url] , its definitely a shot I like to do when youve got two guys and the goalie starts to cheat a little bit.Alex Goligoski scored in the second period for the first goal by a Coyotes defenseman this season. It was also Arizonas first goal on home ice.The injury-riddled Canucks were without several key players, including three who got hurt in a win Wednesday night at Vegas. The Pacific Division leaders played their first back-to-back set this season.Darcy Kuemper stopped 27 shots in place of Arizona starter Antti Raanta, who sat out a second straight game due to illness.Anders Nilsson had 26 saves for the Canucks, and Darren Archibald scored.Vancouver had two good chances to score in the first period, but Loui Erikssons shot from in close was stopped by Kuemper, and Derrick Pouliot hit a post with a power-play shot.Just sticking with it, Kuemper said. We expected a tough game.Goligoski flipped a backhand out of Nilssons reach 43 seconds into the second. The Canucks responded at 2:23 when Archibald redirected Troy Stechers long shot off a faceoff.All the guys were feeling it today, the travel and a couple of bodies going down (Wednesday), Archibald said of playing back-to-back games.Crouse and Canucks forward Antoine Roussel came to blows in the second period and were both penalized for roughing. Crouse and Roussel were also involved in a scuffle at center ice late in the period after Roussel pulled Keller down from behind.Both Roussel and Crouse, who came to Kellers defense [url=]Authentic Alexander Radulov Jersey[/url] , were given 10-minute misconduct penalties.Keller said Crouse and captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson supporting him means everything to him.It shows what kind of guys they are, sticking up for me, Keller said.Notes: Vancouver F Brock Boeser remained out with a groin injury and was scratched along with D Christopher Tanev. D Alexander Edler will need an MRI when the team returns to Canada, and F Sven Baertschi is in concussion protocol. With their injuries on defense, the Canucks called up Alex Biega and Guillaume Brisebois from Utica of the AHL. Biega played and Brisebois was scratched. Coyotes F Mario Kempe was assigned to AHL Tucson on Thursday.UP NEXTVancouver starts a four-game homestand with Pittsburgh on Saturday night.Arizona host Tampa Bay on Saturday. CHICAGO (AP) Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers didnt miss when it really mattered.McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift the Oilers to their third straight win, 2-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.After Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad got caught deep in the Chicago zone, McDavid finished a 2-on-1 break, taking a cross-ice feed from Leon Draisaitl and beating Cam Ward from the low edge of left circle for his eighth goal.With only Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson back, Draisaitl made the perfect pass and McDavid buried the shot to give him goals in four straight games.Were fortunate to have those two, Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. They feel real comfortable in those situations. They wait for their moments and they make them count.Along with four goals [url=]Ben Bishop Jersey[/url] , McDavid has two assists in his last four games. Overall, he has a point in nine of 10 games.Weve got some skill, McDavid said. Even if its not me and Leon, its some of our D jumping in and up and down the lineup. And we know how to play 3-on-3. Its different style hockey that we all seem to understand.Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots as Edmonton improved to 3-1 in overtime games. Chicago is 3-3 in contests that go beyond regulation.We didnt give them a whole lot, Talbot said. I thought we stayed poised, calm and collected. Connor and Leon did what Connor and Leon do all the time.Chicagos Brent Seabrook and Edmontons Zack Kassian scored in the first period.Kane, Chicagos leading scorer, assisted on Seabrooks goal to extend his point streak to six games. Kane entered with an NHL-leading 11 goals and has been held without a point only once in 12 games.Ward made 24 saves as the Blackhawks rebounded with a tighter defensive effort following a 7-3 loss at St. Louis on Saturday.It was a concerning game going in, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. It was interesting to see how we responded.I thought our first (period) was ordinary, but our last two were OK. We took a point and you hope you get a second one.The Oilers and Blackhawks play again at Edmonton on Thursday in their second of three meetings.Seabrook opened the scoring at 11:02 of the first period [url=][/url] , completing a give-and-go with Kane during a 5-on-3 power-play for his second goal this season.Seabrook passed from the blue line to Kane in the right circle. Seabrook then slipped through the slot, took Kanes return feed and beat Talbot high on the glove side.Kassians first goal tied it 1-all with 1:34 left in the period to cap a flurry around the Chicago net following a faceoff. Ward made a pad save on Darnell Nurses shot from the point, and then Jujhar Khaira flipped the rebound off the crossbar.Kassian corralled the loose puck at the right side of the net and scooped it in with Ward sprawled on the ice.Chicago outshot Edmonton 13-7 in the scoreless second. Talbot stopped Nick Schmaltz on a breakaway 3:22 into the period and Marcus Kruger close in with 2:20 left.Tobias Rieder shot wide on a short-handed 2-on-1 break midway through the scoreless third. Talbot stopped Erik Gustafsson from the slot with 17 seconds left in regulation.NOTES: Oilers C Draisaitl and D Adam Larsson took regular shifts on Sunday after both sustained messy injuries in the second period at Nashville on Saturday, and then returned in that game to help Edmonton win 5-3. Draisaitl was high-sticked above the left eye and Larsson was struck by a puck in the mouth against the Predators. Larsson skated on Sunday with a protective cage mask. D Jan Rutta, C John Hayden and LW Chris Kunitz were healthy scratches for Chicago. D Evan Bouchard, C Cooper Marody and RW Jesse Puljujarvi sat out for Edmonton.UP NEXTOilers: Host Minnesota on Tuesday.Blackhawks: At Vancouver on Wednesday to start a three-game Western Canada trip.
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