CALGARY Ben Gamel Seattle Mariners Jersey , Alberta — The Arizona Coyotes were eliminated from playoff contention quite some time ago, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing some inspired hockey as of late.
After blanking the St. Louis Blues 6-0 at home on Sunday, the Coyotes (28-40-11) will look to keep their recent string of success going when they face the Calgary Flames (36-33-10) at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
“The last two months, we could have easily packed it in,” said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, whose team has won three of four games and has gone 16-8-2 dating back to Feb. 8. “We weren’t going to let them pack it in. They’ve bought in. I’ve got to give a lot of guys credit for that. It’s easy when you’re out of the playoffs to give up and we haven’t given up.”
Goalie Antti Raanta stopped all 34 shots he faced on Sunday to pick up his third shutout of the season.
“The guys were helping me out,” said Raanta Adam Boqvist Blackhawks Jersey , who was named the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday after going 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage over the previous seven days. “When I needed to make a save I was able to make it.”
The Coyotes have also been getting key contributions from rookie forwards Dylan Strome, who had three assists against the Blues, and Clayton Keller, who was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for March.
“I think our team’s playing really well right now,” Keller told the team website. “I think that’s the main thing I’m focused on and my play will take care of itself.”
Meanwhile, the Flames snapped a miserable seven-game losing streak — one that took them right out of playoff contention — by edging the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at home on Saturday night.
“This is the first time in a long time since we’ve been out of it that the cloud’s lifted a little bit for us,” said Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-calvin-ridley-jersey , who commended his players for coming up with a gritty effort against the Oilers. “It’s been hard on our guys emotionally. They looked a little bit more like themselves. What we’ve (gone) through here in the last three weeks, we’ve had lots of guys that have stepped up and have stayed dirty and fought.”
Forward Mikael Backlund was happy that he and his teammates could reward Calgary’s loyal fans with a win on home ice where the Flames have struggled this season with a 16-19-4 record.
“It’s been a really tough stretch, so to get a win it’s a big energy boost and confidence boost for the guys in the room here,” said Backlund, who’s hoping the Flames can finish the season with two more wins at home against the Coyotes on Tuesday and versus the surprising Vegas Golden Knights in their last game of the season on Saturday. “We’re pretty excited to get a win (over the Oilers), especially at home. We struggled this year and wanted to get a win, especially against our biggest rivals and in front of our fans.”
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, the Anaheim Ducks showed determination in a come-from-behind win Sunday night.
Hampus Lindholm scored 1:21 into overtime to lift the Ducks over the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. Adam Henrique had two goals and Josh Manson and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who are on a 5-0-1 streak.
”At the end of the day, it was more about every guy looking at themselves in the mirror,” Lindholm said. ”It started with us (defense) really skating the puck. We talked about it before the game and we really did it.
”As soon as our D start moving pucks, we help our forwards out a lot and I think that creates a lot of offence for us and that’s something we have to keep doing more.”
Connor McDavid, Ty Rattie, Leon Draisaitl and Ethan Bear scored for the Oilers David Dahl Colorado Rockies Jersey , who ended a three-game winning streak.
”I give them credit,” Oilers goalie Cam Talbot said. ”They needed the points, and they came out in the third. They wanted it more in the third and we got away from what made us successful in the first two periods.”
Anaheim has 91 points and is two up on the Los Angeles Kings (89) for third in the Pacific Division.
After a scoreless first period, Edmonton scored 1:46 into the second when McDavid beat goalie John Gibson with a long-range wrist shot for his 39th of the season.
The lead lasted only 19 seconds, until Manson sneaked one past Talbot on a similar shot.
The Oilers retook the lead eight minutes into the second when McDavid got his 98th point by setting up a shot by defenseman Matt Benning that was tipped by Rattie.
Edmonton went up 3-1 with 1:42 left in the second on a one-time blast from a bad angle by Draisiatl, his 24th.
The Ducks cut it to 3-2 two minutes into the third when Marcus Pettersson’s shot caromed off Henrique. Anaheim tied it four minutes later when Perry scored his 17th goal off a rebound out front.
Edmonton surged back on a power play when McDavid set up Bear for his first career goal.
”It was a really good feeling and at the same time a big sigh of relief,” Bear said. ”It is something you dream about your whole life. To get that first one Derwin James Color Rush Jersey , it feels really good.”
The Ducks pulled even once again with just 1:29 left in the third when Henrique’s shot banked in off defender Darnell Nurse.
NOTES: It was the final of four meetings between the teams this season, with Edmonton winning two of the first three. … Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf returned after missing the last game with an illness.
Ducks: Visit Vancouver on Tuesday night.
Oilers: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.