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Troy Terry’s hat-trick powers Ducks’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Coyotes

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The Arizona Coyotes (4-4-1) suffered a late surge by the Anaheim Ducks (6-4) as they came back to win 4-3 at the Honda Center in California.

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Since Oct. 1, both squads were to have played five times counting tonights after three were in preseason and Oct. 21 was the Coyotes regular season home-opener.

In the first game at Mullett Arena for the 2023-24 schedule, Arizona edged the Ducks 2-1.

Previously, Arizona broke a two-game losing streak with a 8-1 demolition job on the Chicago Blackhawks at Mullett Arena on Oct. 30.

As for Anaheim, they went on a four-game roadtrip and won all four contests, capped by a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last Monday.

Before the game, it was announced that Ducks starting goaltender John Gibson (upper body) and center Ryan Strome (illness) didn’t suit up for tonight’s battle.

Just like last time when they faced each other with gigantic hits and a tight game, there was no love lost between these two teams at the Honda Center.

First Period

For the second-straight game, Arizona gave up a goal inside the first-five minutes.

Behind the Anaheim goal, ‘Yotes center Travis Boyd lost his footing and hooked former Coyote Ilya Lyubushkin.

With the man-advantage, Anaheim right winger Troy Terry walked into the right face-off circle and ripped it short-side past Arizona goaltender Karel Vejmelka and Anaheim grabbed a 1-0 lead.

Another power-play was given to the Ducks after Coyotes winger Clayton Keller received an interference penalty.

Again, Terry would get another tally as he banged home the rebound after teammate Pavel Mintyukov hit the post with 10:26 on the clock.

Down 2-0, Arizona answered back.

Cutting through the middle of the Ducks zone, “Desert Dogs” defenseman J.J. Moser found power forward Lawson Crouse in the slot and buried his first goal of the season to make it 2-1 with 8:19 remaining in the initial frame.

Then, Coyotes rookie Logan Cooley would record his first goal of his NHL career to tie the score.

Already with an assist, Moser bursted down center ice before having a 2-on-1 break with Cooley.

Cooley entered the offensive zone, turned on the jets as he flew down the ice, corralled the puck and sent a chip top-shelf 14:51 into the first.

Second Period

Not much happened in the middle frame besides a few pushes and shoves after the referee’s blew their whistles.

However, it took 15:25 until one of the teams finally got on the board.

Briefly, ‘Yotes left winger Matias Maccelli held onto the puck while looking for someone open.

At the point, Maccelli handed the puck off to teammate Juuso Välimäki before returning it back to Maccelli.

From the left boards, Maccelli fluttered the puck towards Dostal before the Ducks net minder coughed up a rebound and was punished.

In front of the net, Crouse pounced on the opportunity and got on the scoresheet again to give Arizona their first lead of the contest, 3-2.

Third Period

It didn’t take long for Anaheim to tie the game up again.

Terry grabbed the puck and attempted to get a hat-trick when he fired a shot from the left face-off dot.

Instead, Ducks rookie Leo Carlsson stood in-front of Vejmelka and redirected the puck away from the ‘Yotes goaltender to make it 3-3 4:01 into the final-20 minutes.

Following the goal, it got chippy yet again.

Last time, Ducks defenseman Radko Gudas leveled Coyotes forward Michael Carcone at center ice on Oct. 21 and Carcone couldn’t return.

Additionally, both teams combined for 55 hits.

As the period was concluding tonight’s clash, a huge collision at 6:55 was controversially not called a penalty.

With the puck rolling into Arizona’s side of the ice, Anaheim forward Frank Vatrano clobbered Coyotes defenseman Sean Durzi from behind.

Immediately, Durzi dropped his gloves and landed a punch to Vatrano’s jaw before they both fell down onto the frozen water.

Both would receive a roughing minor penalty each.

But, instead of calling an extra penalty on the dangerous hit by Vatrano, Durzi was given a game misconduct since Vatrano ripped Durzi’s jersey off.

For NHL jerseys, there is a fight strap that players can connect to their equipment so the sweaters can’t be removed in a game.

Unfortunately for Durzi, his jersey was ripped off of him and the referee’s kicked him out due to a rule to use the strap.

No one would score for the remainder of regulation, so the game went to overtime.

Overtime and Postgame Notes

Terry would have a breakaway opportunity to begin the overtime period, but was rejected by Vejmelka.

Moments later, Terry ended the game with his third goal of the game at 3:27 in overtime and Arizona lost 4-3.

In the end, Terry had a hat-trick and assist for 4 points to lead all players in the game.

As for Arizona, Crouse and Moser would get two points each.

Furthermore, the Coyotes outshot the Ducks 35-29.

On the other hand, Anaheim outhit Arizona 27-8.

Moreover, the Ducks were 2-for-4 on the power-play and the ‘Yotes were 0-for-4.

For goaltending, Vejmelka saved 31 of 35 shots after giving up the first two he faced.

Dostal stopped 26 of 29 Coyotes attempts.

This win for Anaheim now marks five-straight wins for their franchise.

Tomorrow, the “Desert Dogs” are back in action against the Montreal Canadiens inside Mullett Arena at 7 p.m.

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes, Cardinals and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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