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    January 10, 2019 6:59 am IST
    GLENDALE [url=http://www.officialhurricanes.com/authentic-adidas-hats]Carolina Hurricanes Hats Authentic[/url] , Ariz. (AP) — Derek Stepan gathered the puck near Arizona’s blue line and flipped it toward the other end, hoping to kill a few extra seconds off Ottawa’s power play. The puck skittered off the ice and slipped through the goalie’s pads, a dump-in turned into an unexpected goal.A little lucky? Maybe, but the Coyotes are also creating good fortune by playing hard and smart during a four-game winning streak.Stepan scored his short-handed goal in Arizona’s three-goal first period and Antti Raanta stopped 25 shots, lifting the surging Coyotes to a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.“You earn your bounces,” Stepan said. “We had some bounces going the other way early on in the year, now they’re starting to go our way and in a few weeks, they’re going to come back the other way. Good teams find ways to win any given night regardless of the bounces.”The Coyotes opened the season 1-4-0, shut out three times their first four games. Once Arizona started scoring, the pucks have kept finding the net.The Coyotes chased Ottawa goalie Mike Condon with three goals on 10 shots in the first period [url=http://www.officialhurricanes.com/authentic-adidas-customized]Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys[/url] , capped by Stepan’s short-hander. Arizona has short-handed goals in three straight games for the second time in franchise history (1985), with five in that span.Alex Galchenyuk notched his first goal with Arizona and had an assist on Oliver Ekman Larsson’s power-play goal in the third period. Brad Richardson and Richard Panik also scored for the Coyotes, who have outscored opponents 20-4 during the four-game winning streak.“It’s hard to score goals in this league and we’ve got a good mojo going right now,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.The Senators don’t.Coming off an overtime loss at Vegas on Sunday, Ottawa was flat early while falling into a big hole. The Senators seemed to gain momentum on Alex Forementon’s first goal of the season in the second period, but Arizona scored 22 seconds later. The Senators have lost three straight.“That was our first stinker,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. “We got out-competed in the first period and that usually doesn’t happen.”Arizona beat Tampa Bay 7-1 on Saturday and didn’t take long to keep the scoring going. Galchneyuk created a turnover by knocking away Mark Stone’s stick and slipped the puck behind Condon’s pads 4 1/2 minutes in. Richardson scored two minutes later, one-timing Michael Grabner’s pass from behind the goal.Stepan made it 3-0 late in the first period with a tumbling puck from Arizona’s blue line that squirted through Condon’s pads and sent him to the bench, replaced by Craig Anderson.“You give a team three goals, 90 percent of the time you’re not coming back [url=http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com]www.officialblackhawksproshop.com[/url] ,” Senators center Chris Tierney said.Tierney nearly got Ottawa back in it a minute into the second period, getting a goal reinstated upon review after it was initially waved off for high-sticking. But then it was waved off after Arizona’s challenge for goalie interference was upheld.Another Coyotes challenge for goalie interference did not pan out and Forementon’s goal stood, seemingly giving the Senators momentum.Instead, Panik scored 22 seconds later, beating Anderson from between the circles.“That was a big goal for us right there,” Galchenyuk said. “You don’t know which way it’s going to go, but we’re confident and we were able to make a statement.”Notes: Senators D Mark Borowiecki sat out the first of a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Vegas F Cody Eakin on Sunday. … Coyotes D Kevin Connauton missed the game due to an illness. … Ottawa F Brady Tkachuk began skating this week for the first time since suffering a torn leg ligament on Oct. 15. … The Coyotes have won three straight over Ottawa for the first time since taking five in a row from 1994-96.UP NEXTThe Senators host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.The Coyotes host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jared Spurgeon and the Minnesota Wild turned a tough start into a nice win.Spurgeon scored twice to help the Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday.Jordan Greenway and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (20-17-3), who improved to 2-0 on a four-game trip. Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots.“I thought we were really bad in the first period and Dubnyk kept us in,” coach Bruce Boudreau. “It was almost totally opposite of the Toronto game where he had a rough start and the team played really well. If he hadn’t played as well as he had we probably would have been down three by the 10-minute mark I figure. Once we got our skating legs we started to go a little better.”Matt Duchene [url=http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com/authentic-adidas-t-shirts]Chicago Blackhawks T-Shirts Authentic[/url] , Ryan Dzingel and Mark Stone scored for Ottawa (15-22-5), which dropped its seventh consecutive game.“In the second we got away from what we were doing that made us successful,” Duchene said. “We weren’t playing bad, but we weren’t playing the way we were and they get three goals and obviously two of them are kind of fluky, but that’s just the way it’s going right now.”Anders Nilsson made 22 saves in his Senators debut after he was acquired Wednesday in a trade with Vancouver.“It’s always good to get the first game, but obviously I would have hoped for a better result,” Nilsson said. “There’s nothing I can do about it now, it’s just turn the page and it’s a new day tomorrow and a new game.”Parise gave the Wild a 4-2 lead when he jumped on a rebound 6:07 into the third. But the Senators pulled within one when Stone tipped a Cody Ceci shot past Dubnyk for his 20th of the season midway through the period.Ottawa had a two-man advantage for the last 26 seconds of the game, but was unable to capitalize.“Sometimes it takes something extraordinary to get out of a skid like this,” Duchene said. “We’re going to keep pushing; we’re not packing it in. There’s lots of hockey left to be played and hopefully we can work our way out and things will start bouncing a little bit more [url=http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com/authentic-adidas-hoodie]Chicago Blackhawks Hoodies Authentic[/url] , but it’s tough right now.”The Senators got off to a much better start than they had in their previous few games. They were outshooting the Wild 12-2 midway through the first and might have had a few early goals if not for Dubnyk’s performance.Ottawa got on the board in the final minute of the first. Duchene stepped out of the penalty box, took a pass from Zack Smith and muscled his way through the Wild defense before getting around Dubnyk for an empty net.Spurgeon tied the game just 41 seconds into the second. He took a drop pass from Luke Kunin and beat Nilsson for his sixth of the year.Ottawa regained the lead on Dzingel’s 16th, but the Wild tied it back up when Greenway jammed a puck under Nilsson 14:10 into the period.Minnesota grabbed the lead for good when Spurgeon scored his second from a sharp angle with 3:29 left in the period.“I just fired it,” Spurgeon said. “I just tried to put it on net and I think (Parise) was already in front of the net so worse case there’s a rebound for him, but I think it just trickled over his pad.”NOTES: Ottawa F Jean-Gabriel Pageau is expected to make his season debut Sunday after suffering a torn Achilles on the first day of training camp. … F Nick Paul was a healthy scratch for the Senators. … Ottawa D Christian Jaros returned to the lineup after missing three games with a broken finger. … Senators F Rudolfs Balcers, acquired as part of the Erik Karlsson trade, made his NHL debut. … Minnesota’s J.T Brown and Nate Prosser were healthy scratches.UP NEXTWild: Visit Montreal on Monday night.Senators: Host Carolina on Sunday.

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