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Senators 5, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:15 AM
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Senators 5, Coyotes 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Ottawa Senators 5

Associated Press
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.

Sami Lepisto 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.

Photo by Getty Images.
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 below).

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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: 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.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.
 

• 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.
 
Shane Doan "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."
Doan Gonchar Kovalev
 
Kovalev Regin Elliott
 
  • Oct. 26, 2010: OTT 5, PHX 2
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scoring summary
1st Period
05:27
OTT
PPG - Erik Karlsson (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Fisher (2), Daniel Alfredsson (5)
1 - 0 OTT
05:36
OTT
Alex Kovalev (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Regin (2), Nick Foligno (3)
2 - 0 OTT
14:45
OTT
Chris Kelly (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Chris Neil (3)
3 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
04:15
PHX
Sami Lepisto (1) Slapshot - ASST: Ray Whitney (2), Eric Belanger (4)
3 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
06:58
PHX
Keith Yandle (1) Slapshot - ASST: Taylor Pyatt (2), Lee Stempniak (2)
3 - 2 OTT
07:46
OTT
Alex Kovalev (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Regin (3), Chris Campoli (1)
4 - 2 OTT
15:44
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (5) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Kovalev (2), Sergei Gonchar (5)
5 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
04:15
PHX
Shane Doan  Slashing against  Chris Phillips
08:13
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jason LaBarbera
2nd Period
07:05
OTT
Chris Kelly  Holding against  Eric Belanger
09:48
OTT
David Hale  Tripping against  Shane Doan
13:13
PHX
Vernon Fiddler  Slashing against  Jesse Winchester
13:44
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Lauri Korpikoski
3rd Period
00:15
OTT
Milan Michalek  Tripping against  Ray Whitney
04:32
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Interference against  Daniel Alfredsson
14:49
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Nick Foligno
15:02
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski  Hooking against  Daniel Alfredsson
18:49
OTT
Matt Carkner  Cross checking against  Kyle Turris
19:53
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hi-sticking against  Shane Doan
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 20TOI: 20:00
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 16TOI: 40:00
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
3-3-0
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
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