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Coyotes 4, Thrashers 3, SO

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:51 PM

Russell Brooks

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Coyotes 4, Thrashers 3, SO
Atlanta Thrashers 3, Phoenix Coyotes 4

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Coyotes continued their domination of the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night, although their latest victory took a little more time to earn than usual.

Forward Daniel Carcillo provided the decisive goal in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Coyotes a 4-3 victory in front of 15,341 at Jobing.com Arena. Atlanta forced overtime and the shootout by tying the score at 3 with 53 seconds left in the third period.

“It was disheartening that they tied it late in the game,” Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. “We had a mental breakdown, but we got a big win in the shootout. 'Telly' (Mikael Tellqvist) made some key saves in the shootout and that was the big difference in the hockey game.”

Joakim Lindstrom, Viktor Tikhonov and Steven Goertzen scored goals in regulation for the Coyotes (26-28-5), who are 10-1-1 vs. Atlanta since the Thrashers joined the league in 1999-2000.

“Obviously, it is a confidence builder,” said Tellqvist, who made 19 saves in regulation/overtime and another seven in the shootout. “As the backup, you just want to get two points and that’s what I got tonight. It’s key.”

Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

Trailing 3-2 with less than a minute left in regulation, the Thrashers pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen for an extra attacker. After a flubbed clearing attempt by Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, Atlanta completed a pretty tic-tac-toe play with sharpshooter Ilya Kovalchuk scoring his 30th goal to send the game to overtime.

The Coyotes outshot the Thrashers 6-2 in overtime, but none of the shots got past the goaltenders and it was on to the skills competition.
 
After Viktor Kozlov put a shot over Tellqvist's left shoulder in the second round, Gretzky turned to Shane Doan in the third round with the game on the line. The Coyotes captain put a snap shot past Lehtonen to extend the shootout.

We are at a point now where we need two points every night. You can sit back and say one point it is good if you come-from-behind and tie it. When you get a chance to get two points, you need to seize it and get two points." - Wayne Gretzky

With no scoring from the next nine shooters, the Coyotes turned to Carcillo in the eighth round. Carcillo didn’t disappoint after faking a shot and then going five-hole on Lehtonen for his first career shootout goal.

"I know a bunch of guys on their bench and they were laughing when I went out there," said Carcillo, who was scoreless in his four previous shootout attempts. "I was laughing too. It's a little bit of pressure but I just tried to have fun with it."

When asked by reporters, Gretzky didn’t know why he selected Carcillo.

“Honestly, I had a hunch,” Gretzky deadpanned. “I just kind of went down and he was right before I started going to the defense.”

Gretzky said anything less than earning two points in this game wasn’t acceptable.

“We are at a point now where we need two points every night,” Gretzky said. “You can sit back and say one point is good if you come from behind and tie it. When you get a chance to get two points, you need to seize it and get two points.”

Atlanta (21-33-5) got goals from Erik Christensen, his fifth, and Bryan Little, his 24th, to stay close.

NOTES

• Phoenix's 40 shots on goal were a season-high. Lindstrom had a game-high six shots. The Thrashers registered 22 shots.

• The Coyotes scored a power-play goal for the fourth consecutive game and went 1 for 4 with the man advantage.

• The Coyotes are 6-0-1 on home ice against the Thrashers dating to their expansion season.

• Lindstrom and Doan extended their point streaks to three games each.

• Defenseman David Hale and forward Enver Lisin were healthy scratches for the Coyotes. The Thrashers scratched left wing Eric Boulton and defenseman Boris Valabik.

• The Coyotes are 18-1-1 when leading after two periods.

• Atlanta has scored 17 goals, in regulation, in its past three games.

• Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle played in his 100th NHL game.
 

Joakim Lindstrom
Ilya Kovalchuk
Steven Goertzen

 

scoring summary
1st Period
06:28
ATL
PPG - Erik Christensen (5) Snap shot - ASST: Ron Hainsey (25), Rich Peverley (19)
1 - 0 ATL
10:01
PHX
PPG - Joakim Lindstrom (9) Slapshot - ASST: Shane Doan (31), Keith Yandle (21)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:47
PHX
Viktor Tikhonov (6) Slapshot - ASST: Zbynek Michalek (17), Todd Fedoruk (6)
2 - 1 PHX
06:51
PHX
Steven Goertzen (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Carcillo (5), Olli Jokinen (20)
3 - 1 PHX
12:16
ATL
Bryan Little (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (33)
3 - 2 PHX
3rd Period
19:07
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (30) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Little (16), Todd White (35)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDATLPHXTOTAL
1B. Little
J. Lindstrom
0 - 0
2V. Kozlov
P. Mueller
1 - 0
3I. Kovalchuk
S. Doan
1 - 1
4E. Christensen
S. Reinprecht
1 - 1
5T. White
V. Tikhonov
1 - 1
6R. Peverley
O. Jokinen
1 - 1
7E. Perrin
M. Boedker
1 - 1
8C. Armstrong
D. Carcillo
1 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
01:54
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Boarding against  Daniel Carcillo
05:07
PHX
Shane Doan  Hooking against  Erik Christensen
09:21
ATL
Todd White  Hooking against  Todd Fedoruk
14:40
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
14:40
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Roughing against  Garnet Exelby
14:40
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Garnet Exelby
14:40
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
14:49
ATL
Erik Christensen  Holding against  Mikkel Boedker
2nd Period
17:53
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Tripping against  Mikkel Boedker
3rd Period
19:48
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
19:48
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Ed Jovanovski
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
11-17-3
SA: 40TOI: 64:28
Saves: 37EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .925SH: 0 - 0
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 22TOI: 65:00
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .864SH: 2 - 2
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