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Coyotes conquered the Kraken 4-3 in a shootout

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The Arizona Coyotes (6-5-1) fought to the bitter end against the Seattle Kraken (4-6-3) and came out on top 4-3 in a shootout inside Mullett Arena on Nov. 7.

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Previously, Arizona lost their last game 5-3 against the Winnipeg Jets after leading in the first period 2-0 on Nov. 4.

On the other hand, the Kraken were coming off of a defeat of their own as they fell to the Calgary Flames 6-3 this past Saturday as well.

The major headline was that Seattle goaltender Joey Daccord would start against the Coyotes in Tempe.

Daccord spent three seasons from 2016-19 with Arizona State University before beginning his professional hockey journey.

Now, Daccord was able to play at the new home of his alma mater, Mullett Arena.

In a tight battle, only one team was able to squeak out the victory while the other left disappointed as it could have gone either way.

First Period

Not even a minute in, a complete breakdown by the whole Coyotes team came back to bite them.

With all three Arizona forwards and two defensemen in the Kraken’s zone, they got caught as Seattle forwards Yanni Gourde and Eeli Tolvanen had a 2-on-0 break the other way towards ‘Yotes goaltender Connor Ingram.

Both players passed it back and forth until Tolvanen shot it past Ingram 0:40 into the first period.

Then, Coyotes left wing Matias Maccelli answered right back.

At center ice, ‘Yotes center Nick Bjugstad sent a pass to Maccelli who would skate into Seattle’s zone and let a long-range ripper go and it hit the post before going into the net to tie the game 1-1 6:06 in.

As the period wore on, Arizona had multiple chances to score with the puck rolling around the Kraken’s crease, but just couldn’t bury one.

Second Period

In the middle frame, not much happened besides two goals at the beginning of the period.

While on the power-play, Coyotes wingers Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz went to work.

Quickly, Keller did a give-and-go with Schmaltz before Keller shot the puck from the right face-off circle.

Initially, it looked like Keller was the one who scored as the puck went into the net.

However, ‘Yotes center Barrett Hayton was credited with the goal after getting a piece of the puck with his stick to deflect the shot from Keller 3:59 into the second period.

With Arizona having a 2-1 lead, it only lasted 0:58.

Soon after, Seattle defenseman Justin Schultz fired a wrist-shot at Ingram’s glove side and it went in to tie the game 2-2.

Third Period

Yet again, both teams scored early and right after one another.

While on the man-advantage, Seattle center Matty Beniers took a snapshot from the slot.

As it was flying towards the goal, Kraken left wing Jaden Schwartz deflected the puck before hitting the left post.

Following the ricochet off the iron, Ingram wasn’t able to recover as Schwartz tapped home the rebound to give Seattle the lead back, 3-2 1:16 in.

Immediately, Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn would then take a cross-checking penalty on Keller.

As a result, Keller made them pay again by the same way his first shot went before it was tipped by Hayton.

This time, Keller got the full credit with no re-direction.

Another give-and-go between Keller and Schmaltz occurred before a second one-timer wired by Keller, from the right face-off circle, beat Daccord to knot the game up 3-3 0:42 later.

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Later on, Coyotes forward Alex Kerfoot slapped a rolling puck before it trickled behind Daccord, but somehow some way, it stayed out.

In the waining moments of regulation, ‘Yotes left wing Michael Carcone had an opportunity, but couldn’t get the puck past Daccord’s left pad.

Overtime, Shootout and Postgame Notes

To begin OT, Arizona left wing Lawson Crouse received a pass by teammate Sean Durzi to go on a breakaway.

Urgently, Crouse went to his backhand, but was robbed by Daccord’s glove.

Besides that, the game was not able to be settled in overtime, so it went to a shootout.

Waiting out Daccord, Bjugstad would cut in and shoot over the Seattle goaltender who fell flat on his stomach.

That would be the only goal in the shootout as all other chances were saved by Ingram and Daccord and Arizona won 4-3.

Even though they lost, Seattle outshot Arizona 38-27 and outhit hit the ‘Yotes 24-18.

With a goal and an assist, Keller would retake the team lead for points by a Coyote this season as he has 11 in 12 games.

In contrast, Beniers and Tolvanen both recorded two points to have the most for the Kraken tonight.

Furthermore, Ingram made 35 saves on 38 shots and stopped all three Kraken attempts in the shootout.

Daccord’s return to Tempe ends with him stopping 24 of 27 and rejecting 2-of-3 in the breakaway contest.

Now, the Coyotes head on a five-game roadtrip as they face the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 7.

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Alec Cipollini is the lead reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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