February 27, 2019 / 5:23 AM / 6 months ago

Coyotes upend Panthers in shootout for 4th straight win

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Nick Cousins, Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza scored in a shootout as the host Arizona Coyotes won their fourth straight game, defeating the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers in the shootout, but Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, and that was the difference in a wild game.

Arizona hit the post three times in the final two frantic minutes of regulation, failing to score each time. Both Kuemper and Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made spectacular saves in overtime.

Both teams are getting used to such drama. The Panthers won in overtime on Monday, beating the host Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on a goal by Aaron Ekblad. The Coyotes have gone past regulation in three of the four games during their winning streak.

The Coyotes were led by Derek Stepan, who had two goals, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who had one. Stepan’s second goal came short-handed and tied the score 3-3 with 6:29 left in the third.

Kuemper is 7-0-1 in his past eight starts, and the 28-year-old has a career-best 18 wins this season.

The Coyotes are 7-2-0 in their past nine games.

Florida, which had a two-game win streak snapped, got goals in regulation from Mike Hoffman, Jamie McGinn and Barkov. Hoffman leads the Panthers with 28 goals. McGinn, a former Coyotes forward, scored his second goal in four games after missing the first four months of the season following back surgery.

Barkov, who was named the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday, has seven goals and six assists in his past six games.

Panthers goalie James Reimer was forced to leave the game just 32 seconds into the second period due to an unspecified injury. He made 10 saves in the game and departed with the contest still scoreless.

The Panthers were already a bit short-handed. Among players who are not believed to have long-term injuries are defensemen Mike Matheson and MacKenzie Weegar and forwards Denis Malgin, Derek MacKenzie and Colton Sceviour.

The Panthers recalled defenseman Riley Stillman, 20, who made his NHL debut. His father, Cory Stillman, was a forward who won two Stanley Cups in a 17-year NHL career, playing for the Panthers from 2008 to 2011.

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