Panthers Stay Unbeaten, Beat Coyotes 5-3 To Move To 6-0

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SUNRISE, Fla.- (AP) — Frank Vatrano and Joe Thornton each scored their archetypal goals of the play and the Florida Panthers stretched their unbeaten streak to six games with a 5-3 triumph implicit the winless Arizona Coyotes connected Monday night.

Anthony Duclair, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad besides scored goals for the Panthers.

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Spencer Knight made 18 saves. Brandon Montour had 2 assists.

Liam O’Brien and Phil Kessel scored precocious goals for the Coyotes. Clayton Keller besides scored a goal.

Carter Hutton made 10 saves earlier leaving the crippled aft the archetypal play with a lower-body injury. Karel Vejmelka started the 2nd play and stopped 26 shots.

Florida’s 6-0-0 grounds extends the champion commencement successful franchise past and is the archetypal 6-0-0 commencement successful the NHL since Montreal successful 2015-16.

The Arizona nonaccomplishment marks the 2nd clip successful the franchise’s 42 seasons that they don’t person a triumph aft six games (were 0-5-1 to commencement 2017-18 season)

“You ne'er anticipation to spell done it but we’re successful the heavy of it and there’s nary casual mode out,” Coyotes guardant Christian Fischer said. “It’s going to instrumentality a batch of work. It’s aboriginal (in the season) but it (stinks). We’ve got to enactment it unneurotic soon.”

Leading 4-1 midway done the 3rd period, the Panthers seemed to beryllium cruising to an casual victory, but O’Brien scored astatine 11: 57 to marque the people 4-2. Kessel scored 34 seconds aboriginal to adjacent the Coyotes to 4-3.

“I deliberation we did a bully occupation astatine capitalizing connected our chances,” Vatrano said. “I deliberation their goalie made 2 large saves determination wherever we could person enactment the crippled distant and we gave them life. It’s the NHL and you can’t springiness immoderate squad life. We took the timeout, we knew we had the pb and conscionable play hockey the mode we cognize however and adjacent it out.”

Duclair’s empty-net extremity with 38.9 near made the people 5-3 and iced the game.

“We knew going successful it was benignant of a unsafe opponent, and I deliberation that being respectful from commencement to decorativeness is portion of it, and sometimes you get ahead, you get a small careless, we get a mates of situations that we mis-played and some ended up successful the net, present it’s a hockey game,” manager Joel Quenneville said. “We nailed it down astatine the extremity but surely don’t instrumentality thing for granted successful this game.”

With the crippled tied astatine 1, Vatrano gave the Panthers a 2-1 pb erstwhile helium recovered a escaped puck successful beforehand and swept it past Vejmelka astatine 6:00 of the second.

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Ekblad’s power-play extremity came connected a changeable from the constituent that whitethorn person deed a Coyotes subordinate earlier it went into the nett and enactment the Panthers up 3-1.

Huberdeau’s extremity astatine 6:54 of the 3rd stretched the Panthers pb to 4-1.

At that point, it seemed the crippled was implicit but the 2 precocious goals made it a nail-biter until Duclair’s empty-netter.

“The guys came retired with a batch of pride. They battled hard and we made much plays. I liked our cognition successful the third,” manager Andre Tourigny said. “We had the close mindset. In the archetypal 2 we gave up a batch of velocity and momentum to Florida.”

The Coyotes took a 1-0 pb connected their archetypal changeable of the game. Keller pushed the puck betwixt Knight’s pads from the slot with 2:17 near successful the first. It was the archetypal clip this play that the Panthers hostile scored the games’ archetypal goal.

The pb didn’t past long. Thornton’s power-play extremity tied the crippled astatine 1-all with 18.8 seconds near successful the first. Thornton, who signed to a one-year declaration this season, poked successful the puck from successful front. The extremity was the 24-year veteran’s archetypal arsenic a subordinate of the Panthers.

The Panthers outshot the Coyotes 11-1 successful the archetypal and 31-8 done 2 periods.

NOTES: Panthers C Sam Reinhart his recorded 300th NHL constituent with an assistance connected Thornton’s goal…This is lone the 3rd clip successful the franchise’s 28-year past that the Panthers person astatine slightest 10 standings points done six games, joining past play (11 points) and 1996-97 (10). The fewest Florida ever had aft six games was 2 successful 2012-13, Jonathan Huberdeau’s rookie season. … Coyotes D Conor Timmons sustained a lower-body wounded and did not instrumentality for the 3rd period. C Ryan Dzingel did not instrumentality aft suffering an upper-body injury…There was nary further accusation connected the injured players post-game…This was the commencement of a season-long six-game roadworthy travel for Arizona. The Coyotes aren’t location again until facing Seattle connected Nov. 6.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Visit Tampa Bay connected Thursday.

Panthers: Host Boston connected Wednesday.

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