Juuso Valimaki, Clayton Keller lead Coyotes past Chicago for another win at Mullett Arena
The Arizona Coyotes trailed 35 seconds into Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, but they scored three unanswered goals in the third period to win their sixth straight game at Mullett Arena and fourth overall.
The six consecutive home wins is the Coyotes' longest home win streak since an eight-game run from October 19, 2013 to November 16, 2013.
Defenseman Juuso Valimaki scored the go-ahead goal with 3:12 to play, and Valimaki assisted on two others. All-Star Clayton Keller had a goal and two assists, and Barrett Hayton and Matias Maccelli also scored for the Coyotes (27-32-11, 65 points) in their 20th win at home this season.
Maccelli scored into an empty net with 38.3 seconds left to seal the 4-2 win.
The Coyotes gave up their first power play goal at home since March 5 when Chicago's Caleb Jones scored early in the third period, but Arizona is still 29 for its last 31 in the penalty kill after going 4 for 5 on the PK Saturday.
Valimaki is third on the Coyotes in assists with 28, and leads all team defensemen in that department.
"I think that's kind of the type of game I want to play and that's when I find my game at the best level," Valimaki said. "They're (teammates are) playing at such high level right now. So passing the puck is pretty much all you've got to do."
Coyotes head coach André Tourigny said Valimaki has good hockey sense, among other things.
"He's had a little a few phases on the season. But what we like about him is he's a really courageous guy. He's really competitive. Obviously he has talent," Tourigny said. "But I like, really, his compete level and his courage. He's not afraid to play in heavy traffic."
Keller, Hayton extend point streaks
Keller is at eight straight games with at least a point with seven goals in that stretch. He also set a single-season career high with his 43rd assist, and registered his 20th multi-point game this season. The last time a Coyote had 20 or more multi-point games in a season was Jeremy Roenick with 25 and Keith Tkachuk with 20 in 2000-01.
Hayton extended his points streak to seven games.
Prosvetov strong again
Ivan Prosvetov has long been a Coyotes goalie prospect who hasn't been able to stick at the NHL level, but at 24 years old he's still got potential. And that potential is turning into results, even though Prosvetov started just his third game of the season Saturday.
Make it three starts and three wins for the native of Moscow, Russia, after he stopped 32 shots. The three wins have all come this month, and on Saturday Prosvetov survived a skate blade equipment malfunction.
"There's no secret. I think the whole team is playing really good. I definitely put some work in this summer, you know, and during the season in American (Hockey) League, and I still do now. So I just try to stick with my routine and work as much as I can on the ice, off the ice, work on my details, work smart. And I just try to stick with it and get some wins," Prosvetov said. "I definitely I saw the puck better, and I definitely killed some chaos in front of the net."
'Mull' it over
The Coyotes have a better home record then every Western Conference team not in playoff position, and even four teams that would be in the postseason if the regular season ended Saturday.
Arizona has won 11 of its last 15 games at Mullett Arena, and Saturday marked the seventh time in Coyotes/Jets franchise history that the club reached 20 home wins in 34 or fewer home games.
Despite the always-abundant number of Chicago fans in the home team's building, which was the case in Glendale as it was Saturday in Tempe, the Coyotes rode the home-ice advantage.
"I would do this every day. Yeah, it's been rocking and you know, we've obviously found a way to play good hockey and that makes it even more fun," Valimaki said. "Yeah, that's just a good word to use right now. It's a lot of fun."
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Coyotes win 20th game at home this season