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Arizona Coyotes push through in Ottawa, break 14-game losing streak in win over Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario — Dylan Guenther scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on Friday night to snap a 14-game losing streak.

Michael Carcone, J.J. Moser, Nick Schmaltz and Matias Maccelli also scored to help the Coyotes get their first win since Jan. 22 to end an 0-12-2 skid. Karel Vejmelka stopped 34 shots to get his first win since Dec. 27 after going 0-8-0 in 10 appearances since.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Drake Batherson and Shane Pinto scored for the Senators, who have lost three in a row. Anton Forsberg had 26 saves as a late replacement for Joonas Korpisalo (illness).

Guenther scored a power-play goal at 4:18 of the third, beating Forsberg under the arm to give the Coyotes a 4-3 lead after they gave up a three-goal advantage. Maccelli had an empty-netter with 1:15 remaining to seal the win.

Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) faces off against Ottawa Senators center Ridly Greig (71) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) faces off against Ottawa Senators center Ridly Greig (71) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Senators captain Brady Tkachuk left the game with 3:30 remaining in regulation. Tkachuk had been hit earlier in the period.

Carcone opened the scoring for Arizona 7:31 into the game as got the rebound of Liam O’Brien's shot and beat Forsberg through traffic. Moser made it 2-0 with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle a little more than five minutes later.

Schmaltz pushed the lead to 3-0 on a two-man advantage with 4:23 left in the first when he got a cross-ice pass from Macceli and roofed the puck short side for his 17th.

Tarasenko got the Senators on the board with 1:51 left in the opening period with a shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle.

Ottawa outshot Arizona 19-4 in the second and scored twice 2:03 apart to tie it.

Batherson cut the lead to one with 6:11 remaining as he pulled back a rebound of Jacob Bernard-Docker's shot and wristed it past Vejmelka. Pinto then tied it with a power-play goal with 4:08 left in the period.

The Coyotes are at Washington on Sunday to finish a five-game trip.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Coyotes push through, break 14-game losing streak in win vs. Senators