Senators 5, Coyotes 2
Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:38 PM
KANATA, Ont. –
Alex Kovalev scored twice and added an assist, combining with Erik Karlsson for the fastest two goals in team history to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Coyotes, 5-2, on Tuesday night.
Karlsson and Kovalev scored nine seconds apart in the first period to break the previous team record by one second. Karlsson opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:27. His goal was still being announced when Kovalev made it 2-0 at 5:36, breaking a modern franchise record set 15 years earlier.
Martin Straka and Antii Tormanen scored 10 seconds apart in the second period of a 4-2 win over Calgary at the Ottawa Civic Centre on Oct. 19, 1995.
Kovalev added his second goal in the third and got his third point of the game with an assist on Daniel Alfredsson's goal during a two-man advantage late in the final period.
Chris Kelly also scored and Brian Elliott made 28 saves for Ottawa, which has won two of three since a 1-4-1 start.
and Keith Yandle
scored for Phoenix, which has lost three in a row (0-1-2), including the first two games of a three-game trip.
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Coyotes backup goalie Jason LaBarbera
made 17 saves in the first period during his second start of the season. Ilya Bryzgalov
, who made 26 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss in Montreal on Monday, replaced LaBarbera to start the second. He stopped 14 shots in two periods.
Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar played his 1,000th regular-season game. He assisted on Alfredsson's goal.
Outshot 20-8 while falling behind 3-0 in the first, Phoenix held an 11-5 margin in shots in the second.
Lepisto scored his first of the season 4:15 into the middle period and Yandle drew the Coyotes to within 3-2 with his first goal at 6:58 of the third.
Kovalev restored Ottawa's two-goal lead 48 seconds later when he beat Bryzgalov (see KEY MOMENT
Karlsson put Mike Fisher's rebound into the right side with Doan off for slashing. Kovalev then got his first of the season.
Nick Foligno, who assisted on Kovalev's first goal, put a backhand off the left post midway through the first before Kelly made it 3-0 with his second of the season at 14:45.
Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com contributed to this recap.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle
scored a goal to pull Phoenix to within 3-2 at 6:58 of the third period. Less than a minute later, Ottawa's Alex Kovalev, who was parked to the right of the Phoneix net, swept a rebound past Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
to bump the Senators' lead back to two goals and squelch Phoenix's momentum.
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• Captain Shane Doan
returned to the lineup after serving a three-game suspension for a hit he delivered to Anaheim's Dan Sexton on Oct. 17. Doan played 21:08 and took three shots on goal.
• The Coyotes won 45 of 71 faceoffs. Center Vernon Fiddler
led the way by winning 16 of 21 draws.
• After not scoring a goal in the first six games of the season, Coyotes defensemen have scored the team's last three goals. Derek Morris
netted one on Monday, and Sami Lepisto
and Keith Yandle
scored the team's goals on Tuesday.
• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette
, Petr Prucha
, and David Schlemko
• The Coyotes flew to Detroit immediately after the game. Phoenix's next game is on Thursday vs. the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The puck drops at 4:30 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and heard on XTRA Sports 910.
||"We put ourselves in the position where we have to chase a game the whole night and gave them the opportunity to feel good about themselves."
||"We haven't played well lately, and you get a win and there's a great atmosphere in the locker room after the game."
||"Tonight it was really important to take the lead. I'm glad we took that lead right from the start and we got a quick couple of goals."