Phoenix Coyotes get first win, beat Flyers in OT after blowing lead
PHILADELPHIA — The struggling Arizona Coyotes finally got their first win of the season, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Alex Goligoski’s overtime goal after blowing a two-goal lead in the final minute of regulation Monday night.
Goligoski scored with 14.4 seconds left on the clock in OT and Arizona (1-10-1) avoided setting an NHL record for most consecutive losses to start a season. Jordan Martinook, Christian Dvorak and Brandon Perlini also scored for the Coyotes, who matched the 1943-44 Rangers (0-11) by losing their first 11 games.
Sean Couturier scored twice and Ivan Provorov had three assists for the Flyers.
Arizona was in position to close it out earlier, but Jordan Weal scored on a rebound with 53 seconds left in the third period to pull Philadelphia to 3-2 and Couturier tipped a shot past goalie Scott Wedgewood with 16 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 3.
Goligoski scored the winner from a sharp angle in the 3-on-3 overtime period after a pass from Clayton Keller. The Coyotes leaped off the bench and swarmed Goligoski to celebrate their first win.
Wedgewood made 28 saves in his Arizona debut, and Niklas Hjalmarsson added a pair of assists for the Coyotes. Wedgewood was acquired Saturday from the Devils for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. Arizona is awaiting the return of starter Antti Raanta, who has been out since Oct. 12 with an upper-body injury.
Weal pulled Philadelphia within a goal by scoring on a rebound before Couturier’s equalizer. Provorov batted down the puck just inside the blue line to keep the play in the offensive zone and passed to Claude Giroux, who sent a cross-ice pass to Couturier.
The Coyotes struck first for the ninth time in 12 games when Martinook finished from close range.